Arkansas State didn’t leave College Station, Texas pleased. They were phenomenal all weekend, the most impressive team on Friday, and looked like real contenders to win the inaugural 7s national title. However, a try at the death of their semifinal loss to Life, ended the Red Wolves' championship campaign.
Still reeling from the loss, Arkansas State entered the Cup consolation game against Kutztown eager to get back in the win column.
“Yeah, we definitely had stuff to prove. There was big word about Kutztown going around, and our coach just told us you either be a coward or be a man,” said Arkansas State’s Dean Gericke.
“And people just said let’s be men around here and show the people and be the classy men and show them what 7s is, and that’s what I think the performance was.”
The Red Wolves did more than play a class game in the Cup consolation, they put on a clinic, routing the Golden Bears 27-0. Gericke, who scored the opening and closing try of the Cup consolation, is looking forward to playing high-level 7s on a national stage again.
“I love it. I can’t wait to get back next year.”