Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Findlay HS Splits A Set of Matches Against Anthony Wayne, Toledo

Findlay High School’s boys’ rugby team has hit the ground running on the spring season with a recent set of matches against Anthony Wayne and Toledo Jr. Celtics, respectively. Findlay came out 17-7 winners in the closely contested match with Anthony Wayne but was undone by a superior Jr. Celtics side, 24-0.

Findlay started out the day strong, using its gas and power to get through would-be tacklers to puncture the defense and set up scoring attacks. Anthony Bilbrey benefited from prop Gage Watson finding a seam and getting past the defensive line. Watson hit Bilbrey with a pass to secure the five points for Findlay. Tre Gerlauch sliced though the opposition from the inside center position to add his contribution to the final score, two tries that ensured the match was out of Anthony Wayne’s reach at the end. Helie De St. Laurent added two points with a successful conversion.
 
The Findlay HS boys after a muddy match against Anthony Wayne.
Undeterred by the gap between the teams on the scoreboard, Anthony Wayne kept fighting. Pressure from Anthony Wayne late in the match put Findlay’s heels on the defensive try line. When the ball didn’t quite go to hand, Anthony Wayne capitalized and put its mark on the board.

The second match against Toledo didn’t quite go Findlay’s way. According to the Head Coach for Findlay HS, Bryce Pitney, Toledo’s experience was the primary difference maker in the match. That experience enabled Toledo to put Findlay to the sword and put away the match. Toledo also bested the Perrysburg High School boys in the team’s other match that day.

The day was a sloppy one, and field conditions only got worse as the players went up and down the field. While the players may not have minded playing in the mud, the conditions were less conducive for family and spectators. Regardless, the day of rugby was successful and smooth.

“It was a great showing for high school rugby in Ohio,” Pitney said. “Compliments all around to players and coaches, parents and fans, for braving the weather and enjoying a wonderful evening of rugby. It was a true pleasure seeing rugby reach that many people at once.”

The day ended with Findlay having a 2-1 record going into the spring season. The team is off until April 10, when the team comes up against Anthony Wayne again.

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