On Saturday, March 8, the rugby team lost its scrimmage against the Vienna Youth Inc. Rugby team 26-0 (each try is five points, along with two for conversions). The JV also had a rough day.
The Cadets mustered at the school at 12:30, loaded onto the bus and headed for Vienna. The two-hour road trip was long, but the BCP ruggers were buzzing with excitement for their first game as a team. “I expected to win,” said Joseph Clark. “So it was pretty disappointing.”
The game began at 3:30, with the first 15 (each number corresponding to a different position) being Alex Aboulhosn (#14), Ben Amonette (#13), Jake Bartholomew (#5), Clark (#15), Allan Crandall (#9), Bradford Dudley (#1), Nervy Garcia (#11), CJ Griffith (#10), Timmy Grumblatt (#8), Riley Highfill (#3), Jack Johnston (#4), Chris Jones (#6), Ryan Tremain (#12), Anthony Veliz (#2) and Charlie Williamson (#7), who provided a strong start for the team.
The Vienna rugby team played a very aggressive game, leading to the Cadets often being on defense. Most of this situation came from the Cadets' early inability to win a scrum (although they regained this ability later in the game.) Most of the offensive plays were orchestrated by Tremain, Griffith and Amonette, who is the team captain. At the end of the first forty minutes, BCP was down by two tries.
During halftime, the Cadets were battered, bruised and bleeding, but with help from Coach Stanley Glover (who is trained in sports medicine), they were back in the second half and ready for more. After Vienna scored two tries in quick succession on the exhausted Cadets, the game remained at a stalemate until the final whistle blew. The final score was 26-0. "It wasn't a bad game," said Tremain. "We just need more practice tackling."
The JV team, which consisted of only 10 players from sophomore and freshman classes, did not fare so well. "I stopped counting the tries after three," said Coach McKenna, so the score of the game is unknown.
The Cadet ruggers have another game this Friday against Georgetown Prep. With three players injured during the two games this weekend, the remaining players will have to work extra hard to improve and prepare themselves for the difficult game ahead.