Paced by an MVP performance by Dartmouth sensation Madison Hughes, the Collegiate All Americans defeated the Glendale Raptors 31-12 to win the Serevi Rugbytown 7s and a $10,000 winners' purse.
The All Americans had been superb all weekend, thrashing Bermuda 54-7, El Azul 42-12 and then the Raptors 26-15 in pool play.
On Sunday, the All Americans defeated Air Force 43-0 and Tiger Rugby 19-14 to make the final. Meanwhile, Glendale shook of their pool play loss to beat Northeast RFU 21-12 in the quarters and the French Armed Forces 17-14 in the semis.
In the final, though, the faster and fitter All Americans executed well but had to worked for it early. Within the first few moments Hughes broke through and offloaded to Stephen Tomasin, who linked with Tanner Barnes. Barnes looked to be away, but was hauled down in impressive fashion by Preston Bryant - the former South Africa 7s Academy player who qualifies for the USA through parentage. Glendale countered, and eventually got the ball to Bryant, who stiff-armed Barnes and was over for the try.
the All Americans replied, though. Garrett Bender took the restart, Hughes made another break, found Ryan Matyas, who then worked a switch move with Zinzan Elan-Puttick, and the Arkansas State star was in under the posts.
Down 7-5 Glendale started to lose their composure. Some mouthing off at a penalty earned them ten more meters backwards, and some more backchat at what would have been a scrum earned the All Americans a penalty and Chad London time in the sin bin.
It was a costly few words as the All Americans sent it wide for Barnes to score. Hughes made the touchline conversion to make it 14-5. further pressure for the Collegiates allowed Hughes to cut back against the grain for a try and a 19-5 halftime lead.
In the second half, the All Americans looked fresh, and knew they could bring on some very talented bench players, as well. Things didn't look good for Glendale and they looked worse when Maytas capped off an excellent movement that started with some desperate ball-recovery in the AA half.
That made it 26-5, and Tomasin scored the last, taking a pass from the thundering Ryan Roundy.
Glendale ended the game with a try from Mike Graham, but it was way too little, way too late.
The team coached by Tony Pacheco and Aaron Manheimer looked crisp, speedy, and executed their passes well. Defensively they stood up to larger opponents, and were really only tested by Tiger.
All Americans 31
Tries: Elan-Puttick, Barnes, Hughes, Matyas, Tomasin
Convs: Elan-Puttick, Hughes 2
Tries: Bryant, Graham