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Cal Wins Big Over UC Davis

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Cal Wins Big Over UC Davis

Junior Ethan Greene breaks a pair of tackles against UC Davis. Guy Warren photography.

A year ago Cal defeated UC Davis 136-0 and later 141-3 in a spring in which several top-ranking vs middle-ranking clashes ended up in triple figures; this year little changed as Cal defeated the Aggies 137-0 Saturday.

"We thank UC Davis for that match," said Cal Head Coach Jack Clark. "Tough day for them, but they stuck at the match."

Still tinkering with their lineup, the Golden Bears ended up subbing on a bunch of younger players at halftime. As a result, 18 different players scored including freshmen Max Schumacher, Alex Aguero, Max Clark, Alex Brundage, and Callum Janis who each earned their first collegiate tries in a 15s match for Cal.

Marcus Shankland scored two tries in the first ten minutes. Max Clark and Jake Broekhuizen both added braces in the second half. Cal led 73-0 at the break.

So this is one again evidence of a gap between the varsity and quasi-varsity teams on one side, and the strong club teams on the other. In the winter/spring season in 2019, 11 D1A games saw the victor score over 100 points.

It certainly is an indication of a gap between the top and the middle.