Last weekend, Bixby High School, after reaching the Rugby Oklahoma boys HS finals for six straight years, ended its streak of being runner-up by defeating Jenks in a thriller.
Union HS capped off an undefeated Oklahoma HS season with a 35-25 defeat of Bixby in the final of the Rugby Oklahoma playoffs.
The two teams matched each other in tries - both squads scoring five - but Union fullback David Sandoval kicked all five conversions, and that perfect afternoon proved the difference as Bixby was unable to convert any.
For the fourth straight year Bixby and Union will play for the Rugby Oklahoma state title.
Oklahoma’s HS league has been on essentially dominated by Union HS in recent years, but the competition is getting better.
Leading the way is Bixby, which started their season last week with a 59-5 win over Bartlesville. Thursday they tied Yukon, but that was just a curtain-raiser to this weekend’s clash with visiting St. Thomas Aquinas from the Kansas City area.
The second of two intense preseason tournaments in the middle of the country will kick off this weekend with the Lindenwood Invitational, one week after the Oklahoma Showdown.
It’s another Oklahoma state championship for the Union boys HS club, as the Tula-based team defeated Bixby 45-13 in the final this past weekend.
The top Boys HS teams in Oklahoma both logged good weekend in advance of Friday’s clash.
Bixby won the St. Louis Ruggerfest, beating St. Louis University High in the final.
Meanwhile, Union hosts East HS out of Colorado, and won 22-17 in a wild game.
The Union HS team out of Oklahoma won the Heart of America tournament HS boys bracket, coming back to defeat rivals Kansas City Junior Blues in the final.
Union defeated Olathe 43-3 in their opening pool and then defeated the Shawnee Mission East Lancers 21-0.