Union High School blanked rival Jenks 27-0 to take the Oklahoma State Championship and secure an undefeated league season earlier this month. The Tulsa schools are athletic powerhouses and rivals in most sports.
Union took the lead in the third minute of the game thanks to a successful penalty kick by flyhalf and captain David Todd.
Strong rucking with minimal mistakes and low body position saw the Union forward pack present nice, controlled ball the entire game. That clean ball allowed the athletic Union backline to launch dynamic attacks via ground and air strategies, keeping Jenks on the back foot.
Loose forward Seth Mischler drove over the line for Union’s first try in the 24th minute after a solid drive from the forwards. The next points came in the 29th minute from one of many lineout wins to Kyel Hardrick, clean, quick ball Todd, and then a long cross-field pass that connected with winger Rashaad Smith who crossed the try line untouched. Todd converted to put Union ahead 15-0 at the half.
The second half continued with Union having the better of the contact areas. Jenks did perform well with a press-and-scramble defense until the 48th minute, when the Union back line exploited a gap putting outside center Lorenzo Thomas in to score.
Continued pressure resulted in the last score of the game in the 53rd minute. Strong counter-rucking from Ky Young and Chance Wenglewski, and great ball retrieval from scrumhalf Tyler Ingram, resulted in a turnover deep in Jenks territory. Quick hands from Todd met inside center Cameron Cotton at ideal depth and pace. Cotton threw a dummy pass to split the defense and broke the Jenks fullback’s tackle to score a well-executed try. Todd converted to put Union out 27-0.
Union is off to Philadelphia for the Collegiate Rugby Championship High School Challenge this weekend.