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Fort Hunt Shocks West End in Barnburner

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Fort Hunt Shocks West End in Barnburner

Max Dacey captained Fort Hunt to a huge win. David Hughes photo.

The Fort Hunt Warriors, ranked #28 among HS clubs by Goff Rugby Report, upset #11 West End this weekend in a game that turned many heads in Rugby Virginia.

The game was a wild one, with 88 points scored in total. Fort Hunt prevailed 57-31 thanks in large part to an outstanding performance by their back row of Gabe Rudasill, Chadi Adballa, and Max Dacey.

Both Rudasill and Abdalla are relatively new to the team, but have shown a great understanding of running lines and how the game flows. Rudasill was an excellent ackler on the day for the Warriors, while Abdalla's running was very effective. Dacey is the captain and an experienced head at No. 8. Those three scored a total of five tries.

And in large part, the entire forward pack did the job for Fort Hunt. The backs were asked to contain the West End backline, highlights by Jacob Estes and Dmontae Noble, and for the most part did that.

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“We told the backs that if they made their tackles and played even with the West End backs, then our forwards would win the game,” said Fort Hunt Coach Dale Roach. “And that’s what happened. Our forwards scored eight of our nine tries, and played extremely well. They epitomized the idea of go-forward.”

It was a physical game, and as the game went on Fort Hunt won that battle. They continued to take the ball up and challenge the West End defenders, and won with that approach.

“I am pretty excited about this team,” gushed Roach.

Max Nail powers ahead for Fort Hunt. David Hughes photo.
Fort Hunt - David Hughes photo.