For the Big O, I put together an army of writers to cover all of the bouts for DNN. Due to circumstances beyond DNN’s control, they were unable to publish all the recaps. So, I am publishing them here. None of the articles were written by me. I’m just an editor for them. Jenesis O’Sin did a fine job writing this recap. Jenesis is a captain for Emerald City’s Flat Track Furies.
EUGENE, OR – Fiercely gladiatorial combat took place between the Lane County Concussion and Boise’s Capital City Skull Crushers Saturday afternoon at the Big O Tournament. As anticipated, this was a closely-pitted match with control of the lead oscillating between the teams, but ultimately, Capital City reigned supreme 210-203.
Both teams started the bout looking very strong with tights walls often shored up by a backwards blocker in the front slowing the progress of both jammers considerably. Capital City, however, was able to capitalize on three early power jams to push their lead to 64-24 by the eleventh jam. Ground-shaking hits by Lane County’s Bustin Morenose and X sent Capital City’s jammers reeling to the crash zone and the back of the pack over the next several jams. This helped Lane County gain some momentum back to bring the score to 75-41 toward the end of the first half. Capital City’s Robo attempted to squelch Lane County’s impetus by putting fifteen points on the board before a huge counter block sent him to the sin bin for a forearm penalty. This allowed Lane County jammer Shenk to skate out with sixteen points of his own.
Robo was stuck in the box for the entirety of the following jam as he received medical attention from an EMT. James Brains showed the crowd where his name came from using great offensive coordination with his pivot Bustin Morenose to pull off some spectacular bait and switch maneuvers. He left the track with a little flair and 45 big points to tie the MRDA record for most points scored in a single jam and putting LCC in the lead for the first time in the bout. Lane County maintained their lead until the final jam of the first half when Da Gooch was sent to the box for blocking with his head. This provided a fifteen-point power jam opportunity for Capital City’s Sliquid.
The second half began much like the first with Robo, Sliquid, Obi Quad Kenobi, and DJ
SlamminAll increasing Capital City’s lead only to have Lane County’s Shenk and Da Gooch score 20- and 34-point jams, respectively, to reclaim the lead for LCC. Strong power jam-killing performances by Lane County’s Draggin Balls and West kept the score close going into the final three minutes of the bout with Capital City leading 201-199. Capital City’s crushing defense kept up their good work holding Lane County scoreless for five straight jams and forcing a cut on the LCC jammer in the final minute of the bout. This slammed the door on Lane County’s comeback ambitions. Capital walked away victorious 210-203.
When asked what the deciding factor of this game was, James Brains, star jammer for Lane County, replied, “Capital City is a great team, and they fought really hard, but we just made too many mistakes. Penalties are a huge factor in winning or losing games with this new style of derby.”
You can watch video from this bout here.