Xavier High School ran past SFGG 53-17 Friday afternoon at Treasure Island in San Francisco.
The New-York team, ranked #2 by RUGBYMag among all single-school teams, is on a three-match tour that will see them play #15 HS club SFGG, #1 single-school team Jesuit, and #11 club Marin.
The two teams battled fairly evenly in the first half. SFGG had the measure of the scrums, and through the game stole a few Xavier put-ins, and they enjoyed plenty of possession. But Xavier defended superbly and punished SFGG mistakes ruthlessly. Xavier led 19-7 at halftime, and then exploded for 34 points to lead 53-7, before SFGG scored twice to make it 53-17.
SFGG's player of the game was prop Kevin Sullivan, while Xavier had superb games from their halfback combo of Ryan McDade and Jimmy Wolfer. Both did very well to direct the Xavier attack. They used wing Brendan McCabe with effectiveness when bringing him up the middle.
"It was a very physical match, but our boys played with confidence, stuck to pattern and played very good team defense against a big, talented, athletic team," said Xavier Coach Joe Sweeney.
Sweeney said it was Xavier's best performance yet, but they will likely have to raise their game when they face Jesuit on Monday.
SFGG Coach Mateo Medrano said SFGG did a lot of good things, "but when we had good possession, we couldn't convert."