The St. Edward Eagles and the Brunswick Blue Devils won the Ohio State Boys HS championships in DI and DII, respectively, this past weekend.
Blue Devils finished their season 9-1 in winning the DII title.
win a State Championship is impressive. To win one in just two years of
starting a team is rare in any sport, but that is exactly what the Brunswick Rugby Club did Saturday, Springfield 28-14 in the Ohio State DII final.
Brunswick, Garrick Koermer scored two tries, while Danny Stepp and Tommy Knuff
once. Triston Wasil nailed all four conversion attempts. Coach Brian Williams
Roginsky, Andrew Videgar, and Jake Roginsky who controlled the front row of the
Andy Farhood and Ryan Koehl dominated the lineouts. Austin Monyak, Dylan Rief,
Joey Webster, Logan and Cody Pratts played stellar defense for the Blue Devils.
Janik controlled field position with excellent kick placement. Player of the
Match Honors went
to senior flanker Garrick Koermer.
2013 St. Edward rugby team came into the season with a great amount of
pressure. Coming off
a season where they won the 2012 State Championship, and Mid-West championship,
was on to defend these titles. On Saturday night, the Varsity Eagles defended
Title and beat the Crusaders of Cincinnati Moeller by a score of 30-14.
time the game was
a little easier on the Eagle faithful, who happily endured last year’s 10-7
double OT thriller.
a slight 9-7 lead at half, thanks to three penalty kicks by senior Jack Walsh.
And on the night before
their graduation, the other seniors rose to the occasion, with Dan Peyton
scoring two tries, and
Ronan Forrestal making a key conversion kick to put the Eagles up by two
Eagles lead was extended when Freshman, Zak Heistercamp scored a try to make the
-7 late in the second half. Moeller scored on their next possession to make the
score 23-14, but
St. Ed’s quickly countered as Peyton scored his second try of the night on a 15
yard burst up the
Coach Brian Lewis said he thought the keys of the game were the early
kicks by Walsh
and how the Eagles undersize pack was able to not only hold their own against
the much bigger
Moeller team, but stopped Moeller’s maul on several occasions and won several
and scrums. He also credited the entire team and coaching staff with the teams
rugby play, and fitness to play hard for 60 minutes. Player of the Match Honors
went to senior wing Jack Welsh.