On a wet afternoon in Marietta, Georgia, Life University's Elite Training Squad defeated the Glendale Raptors 31-7.
This was the final match of the Elite Training Squad's four-game season, and also was the final game for James Isaacson, who stepped down as Head Coach after the spring season. Isaacson has finished his schooling and will return to the UK.
Appropriately, after their 24-point first half, Isaacson capped Life's scoring with a try near the 20-minute mark of the second half, and kicked the ensuing conversion from straight on to give Life a 31-0 lead.
"It was certainly poetic," remarked Head Coach Scott Lawrence on Isaacson's second half moment. "James has been a really big part of our program, and it was great to see him be able to finish in the try zone. You couldn't have written it any better than that."
Even in the sloppy conditions, LIFE was able to control possession and dictate play in the first half, cruising to a 24-0 lead. The first try for Life started with a maul controlled by Isaacson on the right side. After a strong push, Isaacson passed infield to AJ MacGinty, who ran straight before passing to fullback Joe Cowley, who scored. Cowley also slotted the conversion.
"We executed our wet weather plan to perfection in the first half," said Lawrence. "In the second half, we kept the ball in their half of the field and did what we needed to close them out."
Life's win evened their record to two wins and two losses at the end of their four-game Elite Training Squad season after losing their first two matches, to the USA, and to Canadian provincial champions, Ontario.
Glendale, meanwhile, will have welcomed the tough game given that the West DI league is losing teams. The Raptors saw some newer players break into the squad, but now look at a long gap until October 19 for their next match.