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Barnburner in NJ as CBA and Hudson Meet

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Barnburner in NJ as CBA and Hudson Meet

Hudson Catholic's Royaal Jones turns the corner against CBA for one of his three tries. Picture courtesy of Matea Robinson.  

Third-year varsity program Hudson Catholic traveled down to Thompson Park to face perennial New Jersey power Christian Brothers Academy.

It was a barnburner of a game, with 92 points scored, and in the end Christian Brothers edged Hudson 48-44.

Hudson Catholic struck first when fullback Dayshawn Muhammad grabbed a grubber kick from a CBA back at the goalline and brought it out to 22 meter line. He offloaded to center Royaal Jones, a standout for the Atlantis select 7s team, and Jones who used his trademark speed to take it the length of the pitch for the try. 

The teams exchanged scores in a see-saw battle that saw the two teams score 15 tries, a penalty kick, and seven conversions between them, with eight different players visiting the try zone.  The game finally ended in dramatic fashion as the Hawks received the ball for one last possession after scoring at the 70th minute and used a strong pack to advance the ball inside their opponent's 22 meter line, only to have the CBA defense drive the ball carrier into touch 16 meters from the tryline. 

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Hudson Catholic's Jones finished the day with three tries, each over 50 meters, and was matched by wing Malcolm Stewart's three tries as the Hawks showed some serious speed.  Scrumhalf Jharid Morrison added the Hawks' final try.  Lock Andres Gomes slotted a penalty kick and three conversions on the day. CBA was not to be outdone as outside center Sam Houston used his hard running to score four times on the day.  Wing Aris Magoulas, scrumhalf Andrew Goumas, wing Anthony Sardella and lock Nate Houston (Sam's brother) all added tries of their own as CBA's set pieces proved to be the difference in the match. 

Flyhalf Ryan Baillargeon kicked four conversions. 

The teams have developed a healthy rivalry since CBA held the Hawks scoreless in their inaugural season two years ago in a 50-0 victory.  Both teams have a chance to meet again at the end of May in New Jersey's Single School State Championship.