Central Florida avenged its loss to Florida State in a big way Saturday, pounding the Seminoles 40-13.
The Golden Knights lost 26-22 to FSU Feb. 4th after beating the ‘Noles en route to a Florida Cup finals appearance last fall. UCF actually started the South Independent season 0-2, losing to South Florida 13-0 Jan. 28th. The Golden Knights also beat USF in the fall.
“It was humbling. We did well in the fall semester, and we basically said to ourselves we’re a great team, so on and so forth,” said UCF’s Jason Ross.
“And when we lost to both USF and FSU, it became a big thing, like we have to get our (game) straight, or we’re going to have big problems this season.”
UCF then reeled off three consecutive wins, including one over South Florida. With the win over Florida State, UCF improved to 4-2 and put itself back in the playoff hunt.
“We knew when we went into this game we had to win if we wanted to get into the playoffs, said Ross. “If we didn’t win, we were going to have to wait and see how we did on the point differential. So we knew we had to win.”
UCF still has two games left, against Florida International and Florida Atlantic, and USF and FSU still have to play each other. But without a win against the ‘Noles, UCF’s playoff hopes would have been bleak.
The top two teams in the SIRC South will crossover against the top two from the North in a four-team playoff to decide the conference's champion.
The USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) in June will also be the venue for two High School 7s tournaments, as 16 boys teams and 8 girls teams will compete in parallel competitions.
The USA Sevens High School Rugby Challenge will be held in Philadelphia, starting June 1 (venue to be confirmed), with knockout games held June 2-3 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. in conjunction with the CRC games.
Teams have been invited from all over the country, but with a concentration on programs near Philadelphia. For the boys bracket, there is also a play-in as the winner of the Boys HS bracket at the Subaru 7s May 19 in Wilmington, Del. will earn a place in PPL Park.
Here are the teams for the USA 7s High School Rugby Challenge (subject to change). For information about tickets to the CRC and HS Challenge knockout rounds, go to www.usasevencrc.com
High School Boys
Berkshire United Rugby Club, Mass. New Jersey Blaze Club, NJ Bixby HS, Okla. New York Rugby Club, NY Burrell HS, Pa. Pride Rugby, DC Downingtown RFC, Pa. Salesianum School, Del. Gonzaga College HS, DC St. Joseph’s Prep School, Pa. Granite Bay Rugby Club, Calif. St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kan. Kennesaw Mountain RFC, Ga. South Mecklenburg Rugby Club, NC Malvern Prep School, Pa. *Subaru 7s Wild Card Qualifier Winner
High School Girls
Catholic Memorial HS, Wisc. Fallbrook Rugby Club, Calif. Divine Savior Holy Angels HS, Wisc. Hempfield RFC, Pa. Doylestown RFC, Pa. New York Rugby Club, NY Fairport HS, NY West Shore United RFC, Pa.
We were treated to games between #1 and #2, and #3 and #4 this weekend. Even though the 1 v 2 matchup wasn’t a league game, it was played like one and BYU won it. St. Mary’s were right there for a while, but were blown out late, after they emptied their bench.
Don't get us wrong; BYU was the better team, but perhaps the score wasn't quite indicative of true competitive balance between the teams.
Meanwhile #4 Life did what we suspected they would, and won in Marietta. St. Mary’s drops from #2 to #3, and Life jumps from #4 to #2. Arkansas State drops a place.
That isn’t the only move in the D1-A Top 20. Colorado continues to provide us with some interesting fodder for rankings. Their 67-5 blowout of Arizona State has to move them up.
And we have one new team. Oklahoma drops out and Ohio State, which almost pulled off an upset over Kutztown, and looks stronger this year, goes in at #20.
The USA 7s team is now in Hong Kong after a long flight in. New Head Coach Alex Magleby’s plan was to have the players run some touch once they hit the ground, and then work through the short week leading up to the big tournament.
No one is under any illusions about what task lies before them. They face New Zealand, South Africa and Wales in pool play.
“We’re going to focus on our core tenets,” Magleby told RUGBYMag.com. “We play touch on Monday, then we train Tuesday and Wednesday, and then the captain’s run on Thursday. So there’s not a lot of time. We better have put our time in at the OTC.”
Magleby said the key thing for him the last week or so has been to put the players in situations that test them physically and mentally, to thus allow them to learn to handle those situations. With the team changing each assembly, due to injuries, family issues, and other factors, that has to be done every assembly.
The Eagles will also find some non-tournament-specific activities to do. One will be running a session at the Hong Kong International School, where the players will work with the kids.
“That’s something everyone is looking forward to doing,” said Magleby.
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