The Atlanta Renegades hosted Ohio State University this past weekend at Silverbacks Stadium in Atlanta, winning 62-17 in the final tune up matches for both teams before their spring seasons. Despite the score line, OSU coach Tom Rooney expressed after the match that he welcomed the competitive opportunity for what he described as a relatively young team preparing for its first College Premier League season.
The Renegades opened the scoring two minutes into the match, when inside center Quincey Nuckolls crashed over from 10 meters out for a try, converted by fullback Justin Germany. Atlanta added a forwards try five minutes later for a 12-0 lead. OSU responded only a minute later, when flyhalf Gareth Willett had a nice burst through a gap to score from 20 meters out, converted to narrow the score to 12-7.
The rest of the first half was all Renegades, however, with tries from scrumhalf J.D. Price, flankers John Ferraro and newcomer Omar Pittman, as well as an impressive 90 meter break by flyhalf Garry Sullivan, for a 36-7 ‘Gades lead at half time.
The second half started like the first, with a Nuckolls try two minutes in after Pittman made a long break through traffic, converted by Germany. Ferraro also added his second try at ten minutes in, followed by a long try by wing Roderigus Ceasar, to extend the Renegades lead to 55-7.
OSU still had plenty of fight left though, adding tries at 31 minutes by their forwards after an alert quick tap penalty, and four minutes later added a third try by their inside center finishing off a multiple phase series deep in Renegades territory, to make it 55-17. The Renegades closed out the scoring with Ferraro collecting his third try on the day, completing his hat trick a few minutes before the final whistle, for the 62-17 final score.
Renegades now look forward to resuming their DI matrix season, traveling next weekend to Boca Raton under the revamped South men’s club DI structure. The ‘Gades have looked solid in their preparation, going 10-1 through the fall and to this point, with the lone blemish a loss to a top Super League side Life in the fall.