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Life Slams Clemson

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Life Slams Clemson

Life University followed up their 119-0 defeat of South Carolina with a 76-13 defeat of Clemson Saturday in Marietta, Ga.

The Running Eagles opened up the scoring in the 1st minute, with a try from Zander Van Schalkwyk, and followed that up with a Conner Mooneyham try to make it 12-0. Alex Maughan scored thanks to a nice steal in the breakdown from Marcus Walsh.

That made it 19-0, and while Clemson replied with a try from Kevin McKeown, Mooneyham notched his second when he chased down Cody Melphy's grubber.

After some Clemson pressure, the Tigers got a penalty in front of the posts, and Nick Richards was good with the attempt for three more and a 26-8 Life lead. Clemson's defense continued to hang tough, but the speed and numbers to the ball from Life finally broke the wall, and Walsh faked a pass and slid in. Walsh then ran onto a nice feed Jared Garcia, and with sophomore Blane McIlroy hitting the conversion, it was 38-8 Life.

Mooneyham set up Melphy to end the first half with another Life try and a 45-8 scoreline.

The Texan notched his third try of the day, then, when he chased down McIlroy's kick to open the second half. The Running Eagles maul was a useful attacking platform, and it also managed to produce tries directly - Carson McCraw doing the honors to make it 55-8. Van Schalkwyk's second, and then his third made it 69-8 with two more McIlroy  before Sebastian Banos crashed over for the final Life try.

Late in the game, Clemson star Tommy Rippert powered over, but Life was in control.

Life 76

Tries: Mooneyham 3, Z. Van Schalkwyk 3, Walsh 2, Maughan, McCraw, Banos, Melphy

Convs: McIlroy 8


Clemson 13

Tries: McKeown, Rippert

Convs: Richards

Pens: Richards