Arkansas State laid down something of a market this past Saturday, putting a pretty solid Davenport University to the sword 53-0.
It was the first game of the New Year for both teams, and a game that showed observers that the Red Wolves may be among one of the strongest college rugby teams this year.
In a matchup that two years ago would have been an exciting Mid-South Conference opener, Davenport will take on Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark.
For a final test for the fall, Arkansas State’s 45-7 victory has to be considered an A, as the Red Wolves defeated longtime rival Davenport.
ASU has been working in a group of new players, but also a new coach in the shape of former ASU All American Shaun Potgieter.
“I am growing into the job,” Potgieter told Goff Rugby Report. “And the guys are learning every day.”
Indiana University got tries from Teddy Terezis and Alex Dorrier, and a conversion and two penalty goals from Terezis to help Indiana come back from a 14-3 deficit to beat #7 Davenport 18-17.
Davenport University went 1-1 in two early-season games as they lost to regular rivals Western Ontario and then beat Western Michigan.
St. Mary’s will meet Life University once again in the USA Rugby DIA final as the Gaels defeated a determined and plucky Davenport University 48-32 Saturday in Moraga, Calif.
St. Mary’s dominated in the first half, but had to weather a furious Davenport surge in the second half.
One thing you have to give Davenport University - they don’t back down from a challenge.
The Panthers have embraced tough competition since they began playing as a quasi-varsity program.
After two DIAA championships, they moved up to DIA, playing in the toughest conference in the nation in the Mid-South. How tough? They didn’t win a conference game until this April.
Davenport University and Army are acquainted, as the two teams met in the DIA playoffs last year; and this year a place in the semifinals is at stake between the two teams.
On October 18, 2014 Wheeling Jesuit visited Davenport University and came away 39-10 poorer in a non-league game.
Now, exactly six months later, we’ve got the same matchup at the same field, only this time it’s a DIA quarterfinal playoff game.
The Mid-South DIA college conference continued its string of very close games, with Lindenwood just getting past Davenport 20-16 Saturday in the Charles Labry Memorial match between the two rivals.
The teams were deadlocked 10-10 before two JP Eoff conversions put Davenport up 16-10 at halftime.