Because of the injuries and some other extenuating circumstances, we were only traveling with about 35 players, which left our depth situation interesting to say the least. Also, I was informed before we arrived at Holzgerlingen that their field is nicknamed “The Beach” mainly because of the sand that is packed into their “Astroturf”-like field. Anybody who is familiar with Astroturf knows that it is not fun to play on because of the turf burns and scrapes one experiences when tackling or being tackled onto the turf. Also, there is concrete laid beneath the very thin turf lining, which makes those falls extra hard. If that wasn’t enough, we only brought our blue jerseys and not our white ones, and because Holzgerlingen was the home team, they chose to wear their blue jerseys. This forced us to wear a bunch of old Twister jerseys and I got lucky number 13. And if that wasn’t enough, the field was not regulation size and has to be a good 10-15 yards short. And oh yeah, it was raining.
It is tough to overcome all the normal mental distractions one faces when preparing for a football game, but these put our team over the edge. We came out very flat, both offense and defense, and the Twister jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. We regained our poise in the second quarter and roared back to take a 21-14 halftime lead.
After halftime though, our 3rd quarter woes continued, and Holzgerlingen tied the ballgame up 21-21. Our offense was just plain flat in the 2nd half and the Twister’s defensive line was able to get a bunch of pressure on myself. It was tough to get things going in the passing game. We did manage to get one more score, but at that point the game was out of reach. It was a long, tough, and sometimes strange battle, but in the end, the Twister prevailed 31-27. This drops my record with the Hornets to 1-2, but during the time off we should be able to work out some of the kinks, get healthy, and gear up for a late season push.
As for me, I’m headed off to Deggendorf, Germany to see my good friend and college teammate, Jake Flaherty of the Plattling Black Hawks for a little vacation to the South of France and Italy……
By the way: The great action shots are from Dagmar and Ilja Tripp. Their website can be found at http://www.blurredpics.de/galleryindex.php. I will also post the link in the top right portion of the blog.