SOUTH JORDAN — The finals are set in the USA Rugby Boys High School and High School Club National Championship Invitational following a soggy day of playoff action. Some out-of-the-ordinary teams will feature in the championships, along with local powerhouse United.
Local favorites United had a hard time with the wet conditions as well this morning beating the Marin Highlanders 10-5 in the In the high school club competition (multiple school teams). High School All-American 7s player Zach Webber scored the only try for United.
Webber found the try zone again in United’s second match, where they faced a strong Kansas City Jr. Blues outfit. Caleb Concannon put two tries on the board for KC, but United would outlast the Jr. Blues 19-13 to advance to the final.
United will have its hands full when the team faces an impressive Cathedral team out of Indiana for the Championship.
Cathedral had little trouble putting points on the board in the wet conditions. They came out of the blocks quickly with a 41-3 lambasting of Union County. Flyhalf Greg Wood was a points-scoring machine totaling 17 off three tries and a conversion.
Cathedral’s second match looked much more ominous however, having to face the Colorado State Champion Colorado Springs team that had earlier knocked off TRYBE — formally Highland — and was considered a favorite in this tournament. Cathedral would again prove their dominance however, pounding Colorado Springs 36-6. Wood again led the team in tries with a pair.
In the single school competition, Penn (Ind.) and Dixon (Calif.) will meet in Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday for the High School hardware.
Dixon has looked strong coming into this tournament, having just completed a successful season in the hugely competitive Northern California competition. Dixon had to fight their way through two tough games to advance to the final. High School All-American 7’s player Anthony Salaber led the team with 15 points in a 20-10 win over Utah’s Snow Canyon.
The next game for Dixon would prove to be a real test as they faced perennial contenders Xavier in the Semi Final. Salaber again would be the horse for Dixon scoring two tries and 15 more points, leading to the 20-12 victory.
Penn High School out of Indiana had scrap tooth and nail to advance to day two. The day for Penn started in a downpour against Charlotte Catholic. The conditions were tough for both teams, making points hard to come by. Penn would get on the board early though with two tries through their pairing in the Centers, Emerson Marenyi and Alexander Dorrier.
The next game wouldn’t be any easier for Penn as they squared off against another perennial contender in Gonzaga. This would be a defensive battle throughout, and the only try for Penn came from powerful No. 8 Dylan Heyvaert. The entire second half would be back and forth, but no more points were put on the board and the game would end in an 8-8 draw to go to penalty kicks. Penn would take the penalty kick contest, and advance to the championship.
Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium
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Game 5: High school club championship: Cathedral vs. United, 10 a.m.
Game 6: High school championship: Dixon vs. Penn, noon
Game 7: College Division II championship: Lindenwood vs. Salisbury, 2 p.m.
Game 8: College Division I-AA championship: Davenport vs. San Diego State, 4:30 p.m.
Game 9: College Division I-A championship: BYU vs. Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m.
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