The Midwest Boys HS Championships kicks off this weekend and it's a new-look tournament.
Previous years have seen the tournament split into HS Club and Single-School brackets. However, that has not been the best option, especially as Royal Irish has won fairly easily on the club side.
Gonzaga HS defeated #1-ranked St. Edward of Ohio Sunday in a crossover non-conference game that may well shake up the FloRugby single-school rankings.
In a tight, back-and-forth game, Gonzaga scored a try right at halftime to lead 22-8 at the break, only to see St. Edward make it 22-15 early in the second half. Gonzaga scored two more to lead 34-15 and held on 34-20.
St. Edward probably secured its #1 single-school ranking for now with a 21-14 defeat of #2 St. Ignatius last week.
It was an exciting all-Rugby-Ohio league game that came down to the final moments, and St. Edward, led by center Grant Gutchall, lock Collin Haas, and tighthead prop Noah DiMichele scored three tries to take the game.
St. Edward finished off a very successful tour of California with three victories and a loss, and a trip to #1 in the FloRugby Single-School rankings.
See full rankings here.
St. Edward HS of Ohio pulled off a major upset in beating #2-ranked single-school Jesuit of Sacramento.
Jesuit went into the game ranked behind Ohio team St. Ignatius in the FloRugby Top 50. St. Edward came in ranked #7. But most would have expected this to be a straightforward Jesuit victory.
St. Edward and Gregory the Great met up on the campus of Saint Bonaventure University for a preseason game.
It turned out to be a big day for St. Edward, as the Ohio school beat the Pennsylvania school 74-12.
St. Ignatius defeated St. Edward 17-7 this past weekend to win the Rugby Ohio Boys DI title.
A battle of top-ranked teams came off this past weekend as St. Ignatius met St. Edward in Rugby Ohio action.
Ignatius, the #1-ranked single-school team, and St. Edward, the #6 team, faced off, with Ignatius winning 26-17 despite missing some starters.
Penn HS of Indiana bounced back from last week's loss to St. Ignatius with a victory over another strong Ohio opponent, St. Edward,
Royal Irish defeated St. Edward 17-9 over the weekend in a game that said different things to the different coaches.
For St. Edward Coach Tom Cleary, the performance was a step forward after a 15-0 loss to the same Royal Irish team a week ago in the Lindenwood Tournament. St. Edward lost a couple of players to injury in that tournament but rebounded.
Royal Irish may have beaten St. Edward 15-0 during the Lindenwood Tournament last week, but you might also feel comfortable discounting that result.