Granite Bay secured a nifty victory in Northern California HS action, beating a very tough CK McClatchy team 38-26.
Granite Bay Head Coach Jason Divine said the game "looked more like a state championship than a season opener."
Led by the hard running of lock Laiatu Latu and Saint Mary’s-bound Prop Joe Marchant, the Marauders were able to get two wins to start the season at the Kick Off Tournament held in Sacramento.
The Rugby NorCal Boys HS Premier League has named its all-league team.
Fifteen players were selected for the 1st team, with 15 more in a 2nd team and 36 players listed as honorable mentions.
It was a tight, contentious, and ultimately intriguing day in Northern California HS rugby Saturday.
Jesuit, Danville, and Granite Bay won in the Northern California Premier league, and two had kind of a rough time of it.
Granite Bay moved to 3-0 in the Premier League with a tough 26-19 victory over Mother Lode.
Peninsula Green and SFGG won key games in Northern California's Top 5 division.
Pen Green defeated a very tough CK McClatchy team 31-12 to move to 2-0.
It took Pen Green about 20 minutes to get their game moving, but once they did, they put together some effective phase rugby.
The Northern California Premier Varsity League is split into two halves, with the Premier on one side and the Top 5 on the other.
Jesuit HS in Sacramento had all they could handle this weekend after they took on CK McClatchy in a non-standings NorCal Premier matchup.
McClatchy is in the 2nd group of Premier teams, and Jesuit in the 1st, so this crossover game didn't count in the standings, but it certainly mattered to both teams regardless.
there was a lot of talk about collision courses as Danville and Peninsula Green both won Friday to book a spot in the Pacific Cup Final Saturday.
In the three-day, eight-team, three-games-each tournament, Danville met Red Mountain in one semifinal, and Peninsula Green faced off with Kahuku in the other.
The first round of the Pacific Cup is in the books, with Peninsula Green, Danville, Red Mountain, and Kahuku all winning games.
Peninsula Green played a tough game against the Bay Barbarians, a team made up of players from Archbishop Riordan and Los Gatos. it was a talented and athletic Barbarians side, but Pen Green's unity of purpose saw them through 29-12.
The Pacific Cup kicks off Thursday at noon with some of the top HS teams in the nation facing off.
The tournament is a three-game, three-day quarterfinal-semifinal-final bracket format and will be held on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.
The games will be hosted by the San Francisco Golden Gate club, and the tournament’s main sponsor is Canterbury.