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Red River Recap: Quiet Weekend Gives Rise to Explosive Games

Men’s Division I:

It was a tough day in the office for the West Houston Lions, as they suffered a hefty loss to the Austin Blacks, 92-0. Standing out from the rest of the team were number eight Hayden Johnson who scored five tries and fullback Adam Armstrong who scored 27 points, 22 of which came off his boot.

 

Women’s Division I:

Scores were closer in the Women’s first division, with the Austin Valkyries taking down the Dallas Harlequins, 21-12, to win their second game in as many weeks against the Quins. The Valkyries opened up a 14-point lead after only 18 minutes, but the Harlequins fought back and with 30 minutes remaining, they trailed 14-12. A try in the 70th minute put the icing on the cake for the Valkyries and they held on for the win.

 

Men’s Division II:  

The lone game in Men’s Division II came from the Lone Star State. Austin Huns D2 put in an impressive shift to walk away with the 34-10 win over Fort Worth Rugby. From the first whistle until the last, it was all seemingly one way traffic for the hosts. They opened up a 17 point lead in as many minutes, before a scoring drought ensued to close the half. Fort Worth looked like they may have found a way back into the contest, early after the second half begun. However, any chance of a comeback was snuffed out when the Huns crossed shortly after to reestablish their prior 17 point lead. The Huns then continued to pile the scoring on, with Fort Worth crossing once more before the final whistle blew to add some garnish to the scoreline.

 

Women’s Division II:

Bay Area Rugby were on the wrong end of a lopsided scoreboard after Saturday’s encounter with the San Antonio Riveters, losing 73-10. Tori Armstrong and Christine Krieger were both outstanding in the winning effort. Armstrong contributing four tries, while Krieger added 38 points including four tries and nine conversions. In the other, much anticipated, game the Austin Valkyries D2 squad followed their D1 squad’s suit beating the Little Rock Stormers, 25-5. It was shaping up to be a close affair, with both teams scoring tries in the opening ten minutes, to set the stage for a 5-5 tie in the score. However, the second half went entirely the way of the Valkyries as they scored 20 unanswered.

 

Men’s Division III:

Plenty of action took place across the third division. Austin Blacks D3 continued their strong start to the year with an impressive outing against the McAllen Knights, taking them down 50-15. The other game out of the central pool saw Corpus Christi hang in the waning moments to see off a resurgent Alamo City squad and win 20-19.

In the North, conversions were the difference between Alliance and Grand Prairie as Alliance won, 14-12. Shreveport and Denton weren’t as evenly matched, as Shreveport landed a 17-point win, 41-24.

The story was similar in the South, with Galveston Rugby securing a 43-0 win over the Houston Arrows. Kingwood Crusaders and Bay Area Rugby were locked in a tough tussle, but the Crusaders ultimately prevailed, 35-29.

 

Men’s Division IV:

Alliance’s D4 squad followed their D3 squad’s suit and convincingly took down Grand Prairie Mavericks D4, 47-5. Houston Athletic D4 were too strong for San Marcos Greys D4 and sent them back with a 24-point loss, 38-14. The final game of the weekend saw Galveston Rugby D4 unable to take the West Houston Lions D4, as they were outclassed to a 39-24 scoreline.

Pacific North Recap: Table Leaders Making Presence Known

Northern California Women’s DII

San Jose Seahawks were at home against San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) as both teams were looking for their first win.  The Seahawks flew out of the gate with an immediate 7 points, soaring to a 24-7 halftime score as SFGG came up with a last minute converted try.  The second half was the same as the Seahawks dominated SFGG 41-12.  Sacramento Amazons travelled to Berkeley All Blues D2 as both teams vied to remain unbeaten.  #13 Ofolangi Mailangi had 4 first half tries as the Amazons fought to a 7-39 lead at the half.  Berkeley dug in their heels in the second half and almost completed a phenomenal home-field comeback, but ultimately fell short as they scored their final 7 to earn a losing bonus point 38-44.

Northern California Men’s Division III-A:

San Joaquin-Stanislaus Rugby was on the road for the second week against Google Rugby.  Google got on the board first midway through the first half, but San Joaquin quickly answered back to tie.  Google added a penalty kick and both teams had staunch defense, keeping ahead 10-7 going into the break. The second half saw 3 lead changes and it was San Joaquin that scored last and collect the win, 18-21. Olympic Club Rugby D3 travelled to Chico Mighty Oaks and capitalized on a pair of Chico yellow cards to control the game and secure the victory, 22-44.  Redwood Empire Rugby hosted Fresno Rugby in a back and forth game that played out in the waning moments.  Fresno’s Flyhalf Alex Rylance converted his own try to bring Fresno to within 2 points with 10 minutes remaining.  It was Redwood that lost the game, though, allowing a penalty try in the final play, losing the game 31-36.  Napa Valley again dominated a road game against the winless Berkeley Rugby 19-45. 

Northern California Men’s Division III-B

San Jose Seahawks D3 hosted a strong Marin Red team.  Both sides had yet to record a loss this season and it was the home team that scored first and held on, thwarting a late Marin comeback 35-29.  Jesters Rugby had no problems with San Francisco Fog at home, dominating 88-0 to remain at the top of the table.  San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) D3 held onto their high seat as well as they travelled to Bay Area Baracus B.  Baracus nearly had a late comeback, bringing the score to within 2 points with 15 minutes remaining.  Loosehead Daniel Vete had the last say for SFGG as his late try secured their win 29-38.       

Northern California Men’s Division II

Sacramento Capitals could not find the answer on the road against San Jose Seahawks, despite having a man advantage 3 times.  The Seahawks managed to keep their feathers from being too ruffled 25-5.  Vacaville Old Dogs hosted league leaders Santa Rosa Rugby and started barking early.  Santa Rosa recollected and held a narrow lead at half 7-14.  Santa Rosa tamed the Dogs in a defensive second half, remaining undefeated 15-26.  A tough Life West Gladiators D2 denied Diablo Old Gaels their first win.  Taking advantage of a Gladiator yellow card, Diablo racked up 12 points at the end, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit, 22-39.  It was all San Francisco Golden Gate D2 (SFGG) as they travelled to Bay Area Baracus and raced to a 7-52 lead at halftime.  SFGG then got a little sloppy and complacent with a yellow card to start the second half.  Baracus held SFGG to 7 second half points, but could not bridge the difference, losing 28-59.

South Recap: Clubs Kick Spring Efforts Up a Notch

Women’s Division II:

In Florida, Fort Miami hosted the Jacksonville Sinners Saturday.  The game belonged to Fort Miami, as the club blanked Jacksonville with the final score 74-0.  Fort Miami’s top try scorers include Lindsey Koren (three), Rakayyah Peters (two), Tatum Walker (tries) Karla Cote (one try and one penalty try)., Brie Cokos (one), Kristi Schneep (one), and Karen Liu (one).

Also, in a much closer matchup Saturday, the Orlando Griffins successfully defended their home turf, defeating the Tampa Bay Krewe 27-20.  The Krewe had led 15-0 at halftime, but the Griffins dominated the second half. 

Men’s Division II 

Carolinas/Georgia
In the Carolinas/Georgia, the Greenville Griffins hosted Charlotte Rugby.  For the second Saturday in a row, the Greenville game resulted in a tie score, 22-22, this time against Charlotte.  Matt Myers, Alexander Wohlers, Lawson Ballard each secured one try for Greenville. For Charlotte, Matthew Aronowitz, Nicholas Penning, and Osvaldo Sombo each earned a try. 

Florida
Three games took place Saturday across the Sunshine State.

First, the Naples Hammerheads blasted the Fort Lauderdale Knights 79-7.   Naples try scorers include Jocelyn Edouard (three), Liam Blake (two), Arnold Mananu (two) Daniel Creel (one), William Huie (one try), Torrence Williamson (one), and Kevin Kermundu (one). 

In Orlando, the Griffins hosted the Tampa Bay Krewe for part one of the “War for I-4.”  Tampa defeated Orlando 33-11.  The rematch will take place in Tampa on February 23.

Miami Rugby routed the hosting Okapi Wanderers 58 to 26. For Miami, Christopher Nelson and William Moreno led the team with two tries each. Ariel Marquez, Luis Lucas, Christopher Nelson, Francisco Montaner William Moreno, Miguel Lindsey, David Rodas, and Ridrigo Salas, all scored one try. 

True South
In the True South North, Nashville Rugby defeated Chattanooga Rugby 43-19.  Try Scorers for Nashville include Andrew Rappe (two), Nathan Ring, Colby Wright (one), Nathan Ring (one), David Elliott (one), and Jacob Hicks (one).

In True South’s South, the Birmingham Vulcans rallied from a 22 to 7 deficit to defeat the Baton Rouge Rugby 34-29. Birmingham’s scorers include Marco Calloway (two tries), Erick Hanson (one), Adam Hicks (one), Matt Buford (one), and Beau Guinta (one try).

Men’s Division III

Carolinas
Two matchups took place in the Carolinas subdivision of USA Rugby South. In the first, the Clayton Bootleggers beat the Charlotte Barbarians 37 to 34. For the Bootleggers, Camron Grim earned two tries, with Austin Lyons, Brian Beauregard and Eric Davis each scoring one try.  The Columbia Olde Grey defeated the Raleigh Vipers 29 to 14. The Bootleggers’ tries were scored by Keaton Mauldin (two), Jacob Smith (one), Marquise Snead (one), and Tyler Gillam.  Scorers for the Vipers included Taylor and Andrew Agans, each with one try,

Florida
The Miami Tridents B Side beat Brevard’s Old Red Eye  29 to 18. Martin Parrens scored all three of Bravard’s tries. The Sarasota Surge beat the Tampa Bay Krewe’s D3 20 to 10.  Surge try scorers include James Burles, Nicanor Pombo De Erezcano, and Sieraaj Allie (one each).   Dominic Raciti and Zach Hatras each scored one try for the Krewe. The St. Petersburg Pelicans defeated the Daytona Beach Coconuts 34 to 7. Pelicans scoring tries include Jordan Czaplicki (two), Scott Garren, Calvin Eells, Patrick Forde, Taylor Dowell, and Michael Schwandt (one).  Charles Buckland scored Daytona’s only try.

True South
In the True South East subdivision, Chattanooga Rugby defeated the Gadsden Pioneers Rugby 37 to 27. Wrapping up Saturday’s games in True South’s South, Battleship Rugby defeated the Okaloosa Islanders  35 to 14.

 

Pacific South Recap: Few Nails Left After Close Encounters

Men’s Division II:
After a week’s rest, Men’s Division II play in the Pacific South picked up again. Pasadena made up for lost time and scored a convincing 48-20 win over the Red Mountain Warthogs. The Warthogs established an early lead, only to see it fade by half time. Pasadena seized the momentum coming out of the gates in the second half, scoring in the first minute, and never looking back. Inside Center, Anthony Mendoza, number eight, Jacob Jaureguy and fullback Api Foumai all bagged doubles in the effort.

San Fernando Valley survived a last minute scare to cling on to a one-point, 30-29, victory over the Las Vegas Irish. After a close first half, San Fernando pulled away in the opening moments of the second; in large part due to the boot of Hawks Liva.  They sat on an 11 point lead with ten minutes to play, but a score in the 70th minute followed by a yellow card five minutes later set up for a climactic finish- and that’s exactly what happened. A try to Chase Barber, of the Irish, with time expired left the game in a one-point balance and a kick to come. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, and San Fernando survived to record their first win of the season.

Another close game saw the Ventura County Outlaws hold on against the Tempe Old Devils. Tempe opened the game with a 17-3 lead after only 25 minutes. However, the Outlaws snapped back and methodically chipped away at the Devils’ lead until they over took them, 24-17 in the 64th minute. A try in the 75th minute to Tempe’s tight-head prop, Justin Reeves, drew the score within two and a successful conversion would tie the game up. The kick missed and Ventura County held on in the final five minutes for a 24-22 win.

The San Diego Old Aztecs gave Los Angeles Rugby a day they’d rather forget. The Aztecs walking away with a resounding, 62-15 win.  Inside Center Mapa Tuipulotu was the hat trick hero in their winning efforts.

 

Women’s Division II:

The only match to be played in the women’s pacific south competition ended in a 14-14 draw between the Las Vegas Slots and Pasadena Rugby. Pasadena crossed first in the fourth minute, before a try to Las Vegas’ Tameris Griffin drew everything level again. Shortly after halftime Pasadena reestablished their lead via Molly Shamieh before the Slots tied it up once more seven minutes later. From there the score did not change and the final whistle blew with 14 points to each team.

 

Men’s Division III:

Plenty of action in Division III over the weekend. Old Pueblo Lions took down the Northern Arizona Landsharks, in an evenly contested match, 27-24.  The Lions opened with a 12-0 lead, but by half time the scores had been leveled. Three minutes into the second half and it was the Landsharks in the lead. It didn’t take long for the Lions to rediscover their roar, and two tries in six minutes saw them retake the lead, 22-19. In what was becoming somewhat of a tradition, the Landsharks retook the lead less than three minutes later and with 20 left on the clock, Northern Arizona was on top 24-22. However, the last and winning score was secured in the 66th minute when hooker Daniel Berumen crashed over the line to win the game for the Lions.

The Tucson Magpies blew by Camelback rugby, 41-0. Outside Center, David Spence crossed for two tries; and Phoenix Rugby were able to stave off a tough Scottsdale Blues side, 38-24.  

In Southern California, Belmont Shore D3 beat San Diego Old Aztecs D3 with ease, 70-7. Back Bay Sharks were able to hold off Eagle Rock Athletic, 20-13; and the Huntington Beach Unicorns improved to 2-1 with an eight point decision over Santa Barbara 22-14.

 

Men’s Division IV:

The only game of the round for the Pacific South’s Men’s Division IV competition saw Riverside Rugby drop their second on the trot, this time to Dead Rabbits Rugby, 41-38.

Red River Recap: Blowouts Aplenty in Quiet Weekend

Men’s Division I:
2019 is shaping up to be another two-horse race in Red River’s Men’s Division I competition, with the Austin Blacks and Dallas Rugby both exerting their dominance over the rest of the league. Saturday saw the Blacks cruise to a 91-3 victory over San Antonio Rugby; where replacement wing, Preston Weigel  managed to score a hat-trick despite being on the field for only 40 minutes.  Dallas landed an equally impressive win over the West Houston Lions, taking them down 71-0. Three players for the Reds, Darrien Pipkins, Chad Joseph and Jake Campey, scored braces on their way to securing the victory. Dallas enjoys a bye, while the Blacks will face the Lions this weekend before the two meet for their first game of the season.

 

Women’s Division I:

It was a routine outing for the Austin Valkyries against the Dallas Harlequins, as they were able to win their first game of the season 60-0. Sierra Jenkins was a major part of the win crossing the line three times on the day to help secure the win.

 

Men’s Division II:

The Austin Blacks’ D2 squad made it two from two on the day when they took down Dallas Athletic in emphatic style, 64-8. Leading the efforts for Austin were lock Tim Barton and flyhalf Diego Sotelo. Barton got a hat-trick in the first half and Sotelo was able to do damage with both the boot and ball in hand, scoring 19 points on the day. In the other game that took place, the Dallas Harlequins D2 survived a shootout with Fort Worth Rugby, 61-43. In what was a true team effort six different players crossed the line for the Harlequins; while Andrew Audet did his best to keep fort worth in the fixture with a hat-trick, but it wasn’t enough.

 

Women’s Division II:

The Little Rock Stormers got their second win in as many weeks against Dallas Rugby, this time beating them by 50 points. Leading the way, again, for the Little Rock was Abby Vestal- who scored 20 of the team’s 50 points. Also contributing to the cause were Kristina Hickmon and Zenobia Bowman, who both scored two tries in the contest.

 

Men’s Division III:

In Division III play, Dallas Rugby D3 more than doubled the score of their opposition as they came away with their encounter against Shreveport with a 36-15 victory. Bentley Alsup was the hat-trick hero with wing Brandon Davis not too far behind, bagging himself a brace. Houston United D3 landed a dominating win over the Woodlands D3 squad, 64-14. Three players scored two tries for HURT D3, Liam Slaven, Baidy Racine and Nathan Cash.

 

Men’s Division IV:

Fort Worth D4 ran rampant over the Dallas Diablos. John Ely was the pick of the try scorers crossing the line three times in the contest. Grand Prairie Mavericks D4 and the Tyler Hoplites met for the second time this season, and there was a reversal in outcome. The Mavericks D4 were able to establish an early 24 point lead and never looked back, eventually winning 36-14.

Pacific South Recap: Teams Bounce Back After Early Losses

Men’s Division I:

Santa Monica was able to continue their hot start to the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) season, with tightly fought win over San Francisco Golden Gate. Max Rodman’s boot proved to be the difference between the two clubs, as the flyhalf was responsible for 11 of the teams 16 points. The Dolphins moving to 2-0 on the season thanks to the narrow, 16-14, win. Old Mission Beach (OMBAC) was on the wrong end of a shootout against Life West, 59-30. OMBAC raced out to an early 10-0 lead just three minutes into the game, but the Gladiators stormed back scoring 14 unanswered. OMBAC answered back before half to take the lead 23-21, but Life West crossed again before half leaving the scoreboard reading, 28-23 as the teams went into the sheds. The gladiators came out storming early in the second half and buffered their lead to the eventual 29 point margin of victory thanks to a try after injury time. Belmont Shore recovered after a disappointing loss in the first round to squeeze out a tight fought win over the Glendale Merlins, who remain winless in their first season back in the PRP.

 

Women’s Division II:

The Las Vegas Slots landed an impressive win over San Fernando Valley Rugby 50-5. Jeruscha Ako got the proceedings underway for the Slots, scoring two tries in four minutes. By the 34th minute, she had managed to secure her hat-trick. From there the try scoring duties were taken over by Haylee Holsclaw. The inside center managed to secure a brace in the space of 24 minutes. With the win, the Slots are only now one point behind Old Pueblo lightning for the lead in Division II play.

Men’s Division III:

The only action in the Pacific South’s men’s division III competition saw the Arizona pool play two games. In the first encounter, the closer of the two, had Scottsdale Blues come out on top of the Northern Arizona Landsharks 19-0. Las Vegas Irish D3 beat Old Pueblo Lions in convincing fashion, 70-0. It was a complete team effort as nine different players crossed the whitewash for the Irish on the day.

 

Men’s Division IV:

In men’s division IV play, Fullerton took sole possession of first place, after knocking off Riverside Rugby- who in addition to Fullerton had been sitting in first at the start of the weekend. Riverside will be able to make up for lost ground with a strong showing against Dead Rabbits next weekend.

Pacific North Recap: PRP Leaderboard Sees Fresh Faces

Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership:

After a lop-sided home opening loss last week, San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) looked to this weekend to not get into a home-field deficit.  Visiting Santa Monica Dolphins would have something to say about that.  SFGG hooker Neill Barret would score a quick try, but then give the Dolphins the opportunity for penalty kicks.  Santa Monica Flyhalf Maxwell Rodman would split the uprights twice to make it a one-point game.  Prior to the half, the Dolphins would add 7 more and gain the lead 7-13.  Rodman would add 3 more at the start of the 2nd half, and SFGG would answer with a converted try.  Both sides would lock in defensively with neither side budging, when SFGG would make it harder for themselves going a man down for the remaining 10 minutes due to a yellow card.  Santa Monica would not be able to capitalize on the man advantage, but stayed physical on defense, to narrowly triumph 16-14.  In an early battle for first place, Life West Gladiators hosted Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC).  OMBAC would quickly go up 10-0 in under five minutes.  Any momentum OMBAC had was quickly stifled by 2 consecutive Gladiator tries.  The two teams would trade scores and the lead before going into half with the home team only retaking the lead as time expired to make it 28-23.  The second half was all Life West, as they kept the energy level up and fought to a 52-23 lead. Both sides would add a converted try in injury time and Life West would gain another bonus point with the 59-30 win to gain the top spot in the standings.  Glendale Merlins travelled to Belmont Shore Rugby in a wet defensive battle.  Belmont Shore held onto the only 3 points of the game until Glendale put up 7 right before the half.  The score would remain 3-7 until Belmont had a late game 15 point surge, gaining victory, 18-7.

Northern California Men’s Division II:

Santa Rosa Rugby hosted Sacramento Capitals and got off to a fairly quick start with a five-pointer at five minutes.  A pair of yellow cards for both teams would slow the play down, but Santa Rosa would be able to add to their lead 15-0 at the half.  Santa Rosa would double their score in the second half, almost keep the capitals off the board until a try by Desi Streater in the final minute to bring the final score to 31-5.  San Francisco Golden Gate D2 (SFGG D2) travelled to Vacaville Old Dogs who are still on the hunt for their first win.  Vacaville would be plagued with a yellow card early on, but SFGG D2 would not be able to capitalize.  SFGG D2  jumped ahead with a pair of tries and both would add more at the end of the half with SFGG in the lead 7-19.  SFGG extended their lead right off the whistle, but allowed the Old Dogs to claw their way back to within 3 points with 17 minutes left in the game.  Vacaville would not be allowed a comeback and SFGG would put the game away with another 7, sealing the victory 21-31.  Olympic Club Rugby hosted Diablo Old Gaels in a home game that was all Olympic Club.  Olympic Club would dominate the first half, keeping Diablo scoreless 19-0.  Diablo would further suffer a yellow card in the second half, which aided Olympic Club to add on points.  Diablo would have the last two tries in the match, but the effort was too little, too late as Olympic Club would easily prevail 33-10.  Bay Area Baracus travelled to Life West Gladiators D2 in search for their first win.  Baracus would get the scoring started early with a penalty kick, but it wouldn’t take long before Life West would answer back with 7.  Baracus scrumhalf would add another 3, to bring the game to a one point deficit, but would find out that you can’t trade penalty kicks for tries as they were down 24-6 at the half.  Both teams would add a try early on in the second half, but the remainder of the game would be a defensive back and forth until Life West found an answer and added 7 to their tally.  Life West’s defense softened a little in the end, allowing 2 Baracus tries.  It wasn’t enough and the Gladiators claimed the win 36-23.

 

Northern California Men’s Division III-A

Silicon Valley Rugby failed to find an answer for the visiting Chico Mighty Oaks and were scoreless in a 0-31 loss, their first of the season.  Olympic Club Rugby D3 hosted San Joaquin-Stanislaus Rugby.  After being down 0-17 late in the first half, Olympic Club would rally from behind twice in the game and ultimately win on a late try by eight-man David Rosario 29-24.  Berkeley Rugby would shut out Google Rugby 17-0, while league leaders Napa Valley maintained their dominance on the road against Fresno Rugby20-49

Northern California Men’s Division III-B

Diablo Olde Gael D3 travelled to San Francisco and cleared out the fog 7-61 behind a five try performance from #13 David Onyike.  Jesters Rugby visited Shasta Highlanders and played to a 12-12 draw, with no points in the second half.

South Recap: True South and Carolinas/Georgia Springs to Life Saturday, Join Florida's Rugby Action

Women’s Division II:

While the men’s sides in Carolinas/Georgia and True South resumed play Saturday, the women left Florida’s teams to take over all of the news for one last weekend.

The Tampa Bay Krewe blasted the Indian River Raptors Saturday, shutting out Indian River 95-0. 

About 90 minutes up Interstate Four, Fort Miami played a much closer contest against the Orlando Griffins.  Fort Miami won the game 22 to 12.

Men’s Division II:

Carolinas/Georgia

In the north, the Greenville Griffins and Southern Pines RFC contest resulted in a tie, with a final score of 26 to 26.  Southern Pines held a 14 to 0 lead at the half, but Greenville caught up with Southern Pines in the second half.

In the south, Atlanta Old White hosted their crosstown rivals, the Atlanta Renegades.  The contest ended with a win for the home team, with the Old White defeating the Renegades 21 to 17.  Conversions were the difference, as Old White successfully converted all three of their tries; while the Renegades only went one for three in conversion attempts.

Florida

The Boca Raton Buccaneers beat Miami Rugby 48-16. The Tampa Bay Krewe defeated the Naples Hammerheads 21-0.

True South

The True South’s Northern Clubs took one last Saturday off before joining their South teams this upcoming Saturday.

New Orleans Rugby defeated Baton Rouge Rugby, 40-7. 

The Birmingham Vulcans played host for the Montgomery Yellowhammers.  In the end, Birmingham won by a sizeable margin, 55-21.

Men’s Division III

In Men’s Division III the Carolinas Conference, the Asheville Iguanas defeated Triad Rugby 30-24.  Asheville capitalized three tries, three conversions, and three penalty kicks.  The Triad Rugby also scored three tries and three conversions, but only one penalty kick.

Florida

Further south, in Florida, there were three contests.

The Gainesville Hogs defeated the Tampa Bay Krewe’s D3 side 27- 6. 

Also, in Florida, the Brevard Red Eye rolled over Indian River’s Raptors 67 to 11.  Brevard scored 11 tries and six conversions, while limiting Indian River to just two converted tries. 

Wrapping up Florida’s Division III, the Sarasota Surge scored just one penalty kick, but that nonetheless gave Sarasota a 3 to 0 win over the Saint Petersburg Pelicans.

Georgia
In Georgia, the Division III sides of same two Atlanta rivals, the Renegades and the Old White, also engaged in action on Saturday, but with opposite results.  The Renegades won by a 24-11.

Also, in Georgia Saturday, the Augusta Maddogs won a rather unusual 43-35 game against the High Country RFC, with each team being awarded a penalty try.

The Savannah Shamrocks mauled the Gwinnett Lions 101-3.

Red River Recap: Teams Dominate on Their Way to Victory

Men’s Division I:

The 2018-19 season is shaping up to have a similar feel to the 2017-18 season in the Red River’s top flight for men’s play, as both the Austin Blacks and Dallas Rugby dominated their opposition on the weekend. The Blacks had an insatiable thirst for the goal line as they punished the Dallas Harlequins, 105-3. Over 15 players scored tries for the Blacks in the win, most of the damage was done by inside center Brendan Monahan- who contributed 18 points to the team’s total.

The Reds had a harder task coming up against the 2017 national champions, and at the time undefeated, Austin Huns. Dallas wasn’t fazed and handed the Huns their first loss of the year courtesy of a 50-24 win. The Reds were led by flyhalf Blake Boulton who added 20 points for Dallas.

 

Women’s Division I:

Houston Athletic continued their successful start to the season with a convincing 41-19 win over the Austin Valkyries, giving HARC their second win in as many games against Austin. Bonnie Richardson and Leslie Schroder were both instrumental in the win scoring a double and hat trick respectively. HARC now has a stranglehold on their competition for the rest of the year.

 

Men’s Division II:

Dallas Rugby made it two from two against the Huns on Saturday when their D2 sides replicated, almost identically, the events of the first division game. Reds D2 beating the Huns D2, 54-15. This wasn’t the only big win in Division II, Houston Athletic beat San Antonio D2 by the convincing score of 86-0. Leading the scoring was Tom Sargent who dotted the ball down four times in the match. The San Marcos Greys blanked Woodlands rugby 38-0. Joel Cagle and Will Burns did most of the damage for the Greys. West Houston D2 rounded out the weekend with a strong 26-15 showing against Houston United.

 

Women’s Division II:

The Austin Valkyries D2 and Little Rock Stormers both won big against their opponents.  The Valkyries did it to the tune of a 83-0 victory against Bay Area Rugby. Chelsey Arambula had her hands in everything scoring five tries in the one game. Little Rock didn’t win, as emphatically but their win was still impressive nonetheless- they took down Dallas Rugby 57-10. Erin Gallagher-Johnson scored a hattrick in the process of taking the Stormers to victory.

 

Men’s Division III:

Austin Huns D3 got the club’s only win of the day when they won an arm-wrestle against McAllen Knights 27-17. Austin Blacks D3 had no issues taking down Alamo City Rugby as they cruised to a comfortable 77-0 win. Alliance Rugby more than doubled their opponents, Shreveport Rugby, in an impressive 59-27 display. In a cross town rivalry Houston United outlasted the Houston Arrows 24-17. Bay Area kept Woodlands D3 off the board with a 21-0 shutout victory and Galveston were just a class above the Kingwood Crusaders, handing them a 48-14 loss.

 

Men’s Division IV:

Houston Athletic D4 capped off their club’s successful day with a 49-17 win over San Antonio D4. Grand Prairie Mavericks D4 squeezed out of a tight one against Dallas Athletic D4 thanks to a last second try from Zain Siddiqui and conversion from Drew Wasikowski; winning the game 47-45.

South Recap: Quiet Before the Storm

Women’s Division II: 

The Orlando Griffins  traveled to take on the Jacksonville Sinners RFC.  In the end, Orlando defeated Jacksonville 57 to 14.  Orlando capitalized on 11 tries and one conversion.  Jacksonville was limited to two tries and two conversions.

Men’s Division II: 

The Orlando Griffins  men’s club also traveled northeast to take on the Jacksonville RFC.  The results literally came down to a successful conversion from the Griffins.

Jacksonville held onto a 36 to 26 lead with eight minutes in the game before Orlando scored two tries to even up the game at 36 to 36.  However, the Griffins’ successful conversion on their second try gave Orlando the win over Jacksonville.

Both clubs benefitted from penalty tries (one a piece).  As for the rest of the scoring, Orlando earned five tries and three conversions, while Jacksonville only successfully converted two of its five tries.

Both the Boca Raton Buccaneers v. Miami Tridents and the Fort Lauderdale v. Okapi Wanderers games were postponed due to field and weather conditions.

Men’s Division III

Finally, the Gainesville Hogs hosted Daytona Beach Coconuts Saturday.  Gainesville defeated Daytona 54 (ten tries and two conversions) to Daytona Beach 8 (one try and one penalty kick).
The Palm Beach Panthers  benefitted from the Indian River Raptors forced forfeit Saturday, giving the Panthers their first win for 2019.