Liberty HS moved to 3-0 in Rugby Washington boys DI action, and in doing so, defeated the defending state champs.
Liberty edged the Rainier Highlanders 22-19 Saturday, after having defeated Eastside 42-12 and Seattle 68-5. Head Coach Jeff Candler said he was expecting the Highlanders game to be a difficult one.
Week two in Rugby Washington and Budd Bay hosts Eastside while Chuckanut and Liberty are on the road.
The Rugby Washington boys HS season kicks off this weekend.
This remains one of the most competitive high school leagues in the country. Two season ago Budd Bay finished 5-5 in the regular season and then ran through the playoffs to win the state title. Last year, the Rainier Highlanders won a year after being in DII.
In an interesting turn of events this summer, the Rugby Washington Boys HS 7s championship was won by a JV team.
In the final tournament of the season, the Rainier Highlanders, the program that also won the Boys 15s title, fielded two teams, a Varsity and a JV squad.
After moving up from DII to DI this season, the Rainier Highlanders wanted to show they could compete in DI, and would be able to compete for a long period; on Saturday, they showed they can compete now, and for tomorrow.
The Rainier Highlanders and Liberty Patriots will face off for the Rugby Washington DI final after both somehow survived tense semifinals this weekend.
In a wild, end-to-end game, the Rainier Highlanders defeated the Budd Bay Barbarians 32-27 to improve to 4-0 in the Rugby Washington Boys DI.
The Highlanders were in DII last year, and won that division. Their special style of quick-hands rugby has stood them in good stead in DI this season.
It’s a tight but somewhat surprising race for the top in Rugby Washington after the third week of games.
We're just two weeks into the Rugby Washington Boys DI league, and already we've got some interesting developments.
The first development is that recently-promoted Rainier Highlanders, who won the D2 competition last year, now sit 2-0 after beating Kent 40-19.
Liberty opened the Rugby Washington HS season with a 15-10 defeat of Budd Bay at Budd Bay.
For Liberty, it was a gratifying win, albeit one that came about eight months too late.
Liberty was 10-2 in Rugby Washington league and playoff competition, but those two losses - one in the regular season and one in the state final - came against Budd Bay.