The Jacksonville Axemen played the Baltimore Blues in their first game of the USA Rugby League season.
And they were singing everything but the blues at the end of it.
The Axemen, the defending national champions, routed the Blues 94-4 in front of a few hundred people at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium on June 1. The only other meeting between these teams was last year when the Axemen won 88-0.
The scoring started quickly and the Axemen already led 28-0 by the end of the first quarter. The Blues scored a try in the second quarter and missed the conversion, but the Axemen still scored 16 points to make the it 44-4 at halftime.
The second half continued in the same fashion with Jacksonville scoring on its first drive and possessing the ball nearly the rest of the game, outscoring the Blues 24-0 in the third quarter and 26-0 in the fourth quarter.
After the game, both teams were jovial and even posed for pictures together with the Axe Maidens, the cheerleaders for the Axemen. Raffle tickets were sold during the first half and the prizes were given out at halftime.
The Axemen were also selected to be on the cover of the 2013-'14 Yellow Pages and posed with a framed copy of the cover after the victory.
Jacksonville’s next game will be against the Philadelphia Fight on June 8 in Philadelphia. Baltimore’s next game will be against the Washington D.C. Slayers on June 8 in Washington, D.C. Both of those opponents played in the USA Rugby League playoffs last year and lost in the semifinals.
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Marty F. Nemec