Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oakwood-Hartford Strike A Blow Against Panthers in Week Five

During the fifth week of the Canton Middle School Rugby League, the rivalry between the Panthers and Oakwood-Hartford built up as the combined side got the better of their opponents to start out the day. After the conclusion of the match, the Panthers' record sat at 8-6-1.

In their first match, Oakwood-Hartford put up 29 points on the panthers and held them to a single score. Mason Fiegly scored that lone try for the Panthers  and Tanyon Fick was on hand to complete the conversion.

"We have to come up with a plan to get the boys fired up before we start," said Panthers Head Coach Jason Doyle. "Once they get going, they are hard to stop, but it seems like they take awhile to get going. Assistant Coach Doug Higgins and myself are the ones responsible for that, so we all have something to work on this coming week at practice."

Panthers regrouped, rebounded and adjusted their play to ensure success throughout the remainder of the day.

The Panthers were operating at full tile when they came up against Dover next. The high-paced play of the Panthers enabled them to put up over 40 points on their opponents. During the match, the Panthers' dominating offense and continuous possession took Dover completely out of the match and kept them out of the try zone all together. Scoring tries for the Panthers were Fiegly, Cody Ellis, Damian Keumerle and Fick. Carter Varner and Kyle Griffith handled conversion kicking and catching duties for their team as well..

The final match of the day pitted the Panthers against Oakwood-Hartford again; and the Panthers hoped revenge was in the cards. Fiegly took two line breaks and made the most of the meters he made. Each break translated into tries for his team. Anthony Rossetti caught one conversion to bring his team's total to 12 points. Oakwood-Hartford brought the match within striking distance with a converted try, but weren't able to fully close the gap. When the match concluded, the Panthers had the victory sealed by a score of 12-7.

The Panthers rugby team will travel to Dover Middle School on Friday, with kickoff set for 5:30pm.

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