HS Fall 7s Around the Nation: Plenty of Drama
HS Fall 7s Around the Nation: Plenty of Drama
Here's a look at the the fall High School 7s around the country.
Susquehanna University hosted a leg of the Rugby PA Boys series, with series leaders Berks not in attendance.
In Pool A was West Shore, Bishop Shanahan, St. Joe’s Prep, and the Bethesda (Md.) Roosters.
Pool B had Blackthorn, Doylestown, Conestoga, and a Motley team.
Conestoga won Pool B with a 3-0 record, while the Roosters took Pool A 3-0, holding off St. Joe's 19-7.
In the semis, the Roosters kept going with a 31-10 defeat of Blackthorn, while the most exciting game of the day saw St. Joe's Prep get by Conestoga 17-14.
St. Joe's did well despite not having some of their quicker players available. Instead they used their bruisers, with Patrick Laphen, John Levy, and Ryan Mayerhofer powering though defenses throughout the day.
The final was as far as they got, however, as a very smooth Roosters team won the final 33-10. Conestoga took 3rd.
Bethesda hasn't lost so far this fall whether playing locally or out-of-state.
Rugby PA gear sponsor Steamroller, along with Susquehanna University, combined to give top players and championship teams rugby gear as gifts.
It remains a three-team competition in the Boys Bracket. As happened in the first weekend, Eastside Black and Eastside Pink both beat Westside, although it was very close between Westside and Black (26-24). Eastside Black beat Pink in Week 1, and Pink returned the favor 29-19 in Week 2. Three more weeks remain.
Valley Panthers are now 5-0-1 in the Girls Bracket after beating Newberg and Reynolds last week and tying East County/Grackles. Chasing them are the Salem Snapping Turtles (nickname of the week for sure). Salem edged Newberg and shut out Reynolds to improve to 4-1. Salem and Valley play this coming weekend.
Penn Hs won the Boys Championship and Carmel won the Girls Championship. We have a lot of stuff about that because we were there.
Both finals were thrillers, with Carmel winning by two over a very good and somewhat heroic Carroll Chargers team. Penn had to come back to beat Mudsock, which is a team made up of players from Hamilton Southeast and Fishers high schools.
In Idaho Mountain Home, Timberline, and Capital HS ran a round-robin, with Capital coming out on top, beating Timberline 29-0 and Mountain Home 34-0. Timberline beat Mountain Home 44-5. This was the second weekend in a row that Capital had swept the table; the only difference was Capital allowed a try the week before.
The West ADA school series is headed to the playoffs on Wednesday and finishing up on Saturday. Eagle HS sits at 9-1 after beating Owyhee and Centennial last week. Mountain View and Meridian went into the last week of competition battling for the right to a bye in the playoffs (something Eagle had already sewn up). Mountain View was 6-2 and Meridian 5-3. Meridian did their job, edging Mountain View 14-7 and then beating Centennial to finish up 7-3 with a points difference of +86. So they needed Mountain View to lose or tie, or win by less than nine. But Mountain View beat Rocky Mountain 19-5 and thus ended up 7-3 with a points difference of +92.
So on Wednesday Mountain View and Eagle will wait for the winners of Meridian vs Ohyhee and of Centennial vs Rocky Mountain to play the semifinals (sort of). On Saturday we'll have the championship. The winners of those so-called semifinals will play, but that's not the end. The loser of that game will play the winner of a playoff among all the other teams before the final gets played.
This gives Meridian a couple of chances to unseat Mountain View again, and it's worth pointing out that Meridian is the only team to beat Eagle.
Rocky Mountain leads the JV bracket and will play a straight semi with Eagle; Owyhee and Mountain View play in the other semi. Rocky Mountain's only loss was 15-5 on October 6 to Mountain View.
United dominated the Pink 7s girls event, beating Monarch, Summit, and Wasatch in pool play. Summit Tigers out of Colorado also went 3-0, beating Provo, Majestics, and Mountain Ridge. In the playoffs, Summit shut out Wasatch 33-0 but in the semis were upended by Majestics 14-10 (Summit had beaten Majestics 14-12 in pool play so basically these two teams fought to two tries each in each game). United shut out Mountain Ridge, held Provo to a lone try 27-7, and then shut out Majestics 36-0 in a two-day event that saw them outscore teams 184-12, or a per-game average of 31-2.
Summit took third over Provo, while Monarch won 5th, which was the playoff among everyone who lost a quarterfinal, beating Wasatch and Summit's 2nds to get there.
United took the JV bracket as well, beating Mountain Ridge, Summit JV 2, Wasatch, Summit JV 1, and then Mountain Ridge and Summit JV 1 in the playoffs. Points for in those six games: 219. Points against: 0. Summit took 2nd and 3rd.
It wasn't a clean United sweep however, as Majestics took the U14 bracket over USA West (
which was likely some soon-to-be Summit players plus a few others from the Colorado area) made up of players from Colorado and Utah—10 clubs in all: Arvada Tigers, Brighton, Colorado Springs, Denver Wolfpack, Ft. Collins, Four Corners, Lafayette Warriors, Mountain Ridge in Utah, Ranch Vipers, and Superior.
The boys had their third tournament of the fall and both Mountain Ridge and Herriman went 3-0. Olympus was 2-1.
Rugby Ohio's third tournament saw Highland lead the Girls Competitive bracket by a considerable margin and they are now 9-0. Highland's Festival team is 8-1. In the Competitive bracket, Brunswick, at 8-2, is making a chase of it (Brunswick's record was initially reported as 7-3 but the club has informed GRR that there was an error in the score reporting—their only two losses are to Highland). Among the Festival teams, Perrysburg is 7-2. There's a Festival 2 bracket led by John Marshall and ... who else ... Highland.
Among the boys, St. Ignatius and St. Edward are continuing their rivalry. However, there are some other teams chasing them, including Archbishop Moeller (who weren't at the first event), Avon Lake, and Highland. But SIHS and St. Ed's defense is just so much better than everyone else's. Both teams are averaging less than a try allowed per game.