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Big Victory Attributed to New Guys

May 10, 2002 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Rochester Brigade News Release

Rochester, N.Y. (AP)- The Rochester Brigade (3-3) defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (0-6) in front of 5,033 fans at the Blue Cross Arena 57-52.

The Brigade was led by newly acquired kicker Charles Eger, who was named game MVP on the night going six for seven on extra points and connecting on a 19 yard field goal. Eger also landed four kickoffs for touchbacks on the night, starting the Pioneers on their own five-yard line.

The return of WR/DB Derek Baker was huge for the Brigade; he caught four passes on the night, of which three were for touchdowns that totaled 64 yards. In his first appearance as a defensive back, he registered 2.5 tackles and two passes defended.

Quarterback Matt D’Orazio contributed to the team’s success, completing 23 of 32 passes for 229 yards and a season high five touchdowns. D’Orazio carried the ball four times on the night for 32 yards, including a record 30-yard rush. He also had one touchdown on the night.

OS Martino Theus continued his dominance on the field, catching 14 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown on the night.

Brigade FB/LB Anthony Cleary ran away with the game IRONMAN award, rushing the ball 16 times for a record 48 yards and one score. He also registered two tackles and one forced fumble defensively.

The ADT Defensive player of the game went to Brigade DS Tyrea Simmons with his key interception in the first quarter that led to a Brigade touchdown and the lead for the remainder of the night.

For the Pioneers, newly acquired OS Bobby Washington caught four passes for 52 yards, registered two touchdowns and returned two kick-offs for 37 yards. Defensively, the Pioneers were led by FB/LB Kevin Nagle with his 8.5 tackles and WR/DB Matt Jackson and his 8.5 tackles. Newly acquired QB Bryan Snyder started his first game of the season, completing 14 passes for 202 yards with five touchdowns.

Rochester (3-3) moves into sole possession of second place in the Northeast Division with the victory, and head on the road next week to face the third place Mohegan Wolves (2-4). The Pioneers (0-6) head to New Haven (2-3).

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