Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Panthers Continue to Claw Through Canton Middle School Scene

On April 17, the Panther Rugby Team continued their trend of dominant play in the Canton Middle School rugby league. After they traveled to Dover for the second week in Canton Middle School league action, they came out of the day with another 2-1 record, bringing their overall record so far to 4-2. In every sense of the word, the weekend's result was a team effort.
The Panther Rugby Team
with Head Coach Jason Doyle (center rear)(via Facebook)

Tries for the Panthers came from John Haren, Cody Ellis, Tanyon Fick and Mason Fiegly. The rest of the team - Carter Varner, Kyle Griffith, Tyler Watson, Damian Kuemerle and Jake Doyle - were on hand during the run of play to assist with conversion kicks and catches.

The day of competition for the Panthers started with a close loss to the hosts, Dover. The final score of the match was 15-14.

"We came out very flat in the opening match, and gave up two tries s in the first few minutes," said Panthers Head Coach Jason Doyle. "The boys fought back hard, scoring two of their own, but gave up one more try."

Fortunately for the Panthers, they rebounded from their one-point loss in the beginning of the day to put together stronger performances in their remaining two matches. In their second match, the Panthers faced the Hartford-Oakwood and played them to a close result. The margin was a little wider this time around, and the Panthers were on the winning end too. The final score of the match was 19-12. The final match of the evening was a rematch with the combined side. This time around they put together a complete performance with seemingly unstoppable offense and impenetrable defense as they shut out Hartford-Oakwood on their way to a 33-point victory. According to Doyle, his team's strength over the weekend was their resolve.

"They didn't get down on themselves, and made great strides in the next two matches," he said. "These Panthers still have a lot to learn with this game of rugby, but they are doing it together and playing well as a team. The sky is the limit for these boys."

The Panthers will try to continue to carve up the Canton Middle School scene on Saturday, April 25, at Weis Park in Canton. Kickoff is set for 10:30am.

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