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Boys HS 7s Day Two - Winners and Contenders

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Boys HS 7s Day Two - Winners and Contenders

James Jaques makes a tackle for West Chester.

Here’s the latest from the Boys HS 7s at the CRC.

Saturday saw teams play only the one game on Saturday, the quarterfinals for most and consolation semifinals for some.

In the HS Open competition, Archmere shut out Narberth and West Chester won big over St. Augustine  24-5. Media edged LaSalle and Downingtown beat Unionville 2 by a try.

Those four will be in the semis.

For West Chester, this was just one more step on a road to 7s glory. They won the Surfside 7s last year, and finished second in the Subaru 7s and Ariel Re 7s in Bermuda.

“We’re firing on all cylinders,” enthused Coach Lou Raymond. “We’re very fortunate to have these players. A lot of them have been playing together for a long time. They’re teammates, and they’re friends.”

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James Jaques and Dan Brown are two Pennsylvania all-state players who have been playing well this weekend. John Dormann is outstanding in the midfield, and Dondre Ross, who is on loan from Conestoga, has been excellent.

“We have some strong runners,” said Lou Raymond. “When we engage contact and get through that first tackle, we can then use our speed and it’s a foot race.”

A foot race the Wolfpack usually wins. Raymond said all he needs now is an injection of aggressiveness, and they could win it all.

West Chester faces Downingtown in the semis while Archmere takes on Media.

In the Elite division, Greenwich will take on the Utah Cannibals, while Rock Rugby plays the Maryland Exiles.

For the Exiles, this was a bit of an experiment. Gone were the senior Gonzaga HS players who helped them to a 3rd-place finish in Las Vegas. However, some younger players have stepped up. All-everything Fort Hunt player Chad Abdalla has been a monster, and the scrumhalf/flyhalf combination of Owen Sheehy and Jacob Estes has played very well. Also stepping up is Gonzaga underclassman Will Like, who has mixed it up well in contact.

Saturday's Scores and Sunday's Matchups:


  Boys HS Open  
Cup QF Archmere v Narberth 31-0
Cup QF West Chester v St. Augustine 24-5
Cup QF Downingtown v Unionville 2 12-7
Cup QF LaSalle v Media 12-15
Cons QF Shannahan v Burrell 34-7
Cons QF Unionville v Blackthorn 27-5
Cons QF Union City v Coventry 19-5
Cons QF Malvern v NAVs 5-29
Cup SF Archmere v Media  
Cup SF West Chester v Downingtown  
Plate SF Unionville 2 v St. Augustine  
Plate SF Narberth v LaSalle  
Cons SF Shanahan v Union County  
Cons SF NAVs v Unionville  
Shield SF Burrell v Malvern  
Shield SF Coventry v Blackthorn  
  Boys HS Elite  
Cup QF Greenwich v West Shore 22-12
Cup QF Rock Rugby v Fishers 29-14
Cup QF Maryland Exiles v Fairfield 19-7
Cup QF Utah Cannibals v Rhino 22-7
Cons SF Doylestown v Kiski 24-12
Cons SF NAVs v Rugby South Carolina 17-26
Cup SF Greenwich v Utah  
Cup SF Rock Rugby v Maryland Exiles  
Plate SF West Shore v Rhino  
Plate SF Fairfield v Fishers  
Cons Final Doylestown v Rugby South Carolina  
Shield Final Kiski v NAVs