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Doublewide in Davis, California
Steven Darroh on 9/4/2013
Doublewide traveled this Labor Day not to beautiful Santa Cruz, but instead to Santa Cruz’s older, slightly balder, half-brother Davis for a weekend of ultimate against the other 2012 quarter-finalists of USAU’s National Championships. What a surprising weekend it was.
Saturday – Pool Play
Game 1: Ironside (Boston, MA)
Starting out on offense, captain Jeff Loskorn unimaginatively hit Will “Debbie” Driscoll deep to open the game. A few breaks occurred for both teams. At 6-6, Captain Loskorn engaged his ape arms to slap down a game-changing break from Ironside in the redzone. Half ended with Doublewide punching in a break. Dub defense picked up steam the second half when Sophomore Dalton Smith earned a point block, while on offense Driscoll displayed his versatility dropping two flick bombs deep to Kiran Thomas and Loskorn. Highlight of the game was Loskorn’s endzone sky over a few Ironside defenders. Doublwide wins 15-9.
Game 2: Sockeye (Seattle, WA)
The first half of this game mostly belonged to Sockeye. The fish looked explosive as they started the game with three breaks. Rookie Dan Emmons had a great layout d on a deep shot from Seattle, but Doublewide still could not convert. Dub eventually got a break back when Mike Cramer pulled down a huck on the goal line. Doublewide’s offense worked some kinks out the second half and found some stability. Pittsburgh’s own Alex Thorne handled the disc well and allowed the offense to calm down some. Despite that and a handful of fantastic catches from Debbie, Doublewide loses 13-15.
Game 3: Machine (Chicago, IL)
Our final game of the day, both teams looked a little lackadaisical. A win in Doublewide’s third game meant a first place finish in the pool while a loss meant last place. Machine came out gunning with two breaks, and Doublewide’s D-for-O stopped the bleeding. Rookie Ethan Pollack swatted down a disc on the mark in our zone the way I imagine a grizzly bear probably tears down a delicious beehive from a low-hanging branch. Doublewide with the chance to take half several times failed to score, putting Machine up 7-8. Long, grinding points littered the second half as neither team looked too crisp. Machine maintained enough discipline to take the game. Doublewide loses 11-15.
Sunday – Bracket Play
Quarterfinals: Revolver (Bay Area, CA)
Doublewide, who in two games against Revolver at US Open scored 15 total points, had nothing to lose as we matched up against our previous curb-stompers. Our offense still started off a little shaky with a couple missed connections that allowed Revolver two breaks early. However, our defense fired it up and broke Revolver twice and then some. Offense looked smooth after the first few points, particularly with the recent re-addition of Max Cook to lubricate. Andrew Walch and new-comer Tyler DeGirolamo kept the disc moving easily off the turn with systematic down-field cutting as Kurt Gibson and Captain Jerrod Wolfe maintained the disc well from the handler spots. Driscoll and Loskorn continued to be huge offensive assets. Biggest story of the game was rookie Dan Emmons generating turns with some phenomenal defensive bids. Doublewide wins 15-11.
Semifinals: Machine (Chicago, IL)
We were eager for a rematch of Saturday’s disappointing showing. Defense looked solid to start. Our offense played efficiently with Pollack catching lots of break-side throws for big yards, as well as the final point of the half in the endzone. Doublewide played awesome coming out of the gates and then had a big lull as we failed to close out our 10-4 lead respectably due to a few ugly bombs deep. Despite this and some stupid celebrations from unseasoned teammates, Doublewide came out on top. Doublewide wins 15-10.
Finals: GOAT (Ontario, Canada)
Unfortunately, there are not many good things to be said about our game against GOAT. Doublewide dropped more passes in the finals than we did all weekend prior, and we struggled big in the redzone. GOAT, on the other hand, looked stronger than ever, and they ran through Doublewide in a big way. Doublewide loses 12-15. Congratulations to them.
The weekend gives Doublewide leaders a view of what needs to happen before regionals and nationals. Our rookies are integrating well, and the captains pay diligent attention to our development in order to shift from coarse improvements to fine-tuning. We keenly narrow our focus as roles emerge, and Doublewide looks forward to the remaining six weeks of the season.