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Dixon High School defeated Jesuit 38-28 Saturday to take the showdown between the two undefeated single-school high school teams in Northern California.

Jesuit, the perennial national title contenders and defending national champs, were humbled by an up-and-coming Dixon squad, which led 38-14 into the closing quarter.

“We have been around for six years, and it takes time to build a program,” said Dixon Head Coach Rob Salabar. “We have been able to get some really good athletes on this team, and this time we put in a really nice, solid, team effort. They scored a couple of tries near the end, so you can bet we’ll be working on fitness in the coming days.”

Salabar’s Dixon squad is headed for the USA Rugby national invitational (Jesuit’s school administration is keeping their rugby team home this year), and this victory puts them among the top contenders.

“Jesuit set the bar for high school programs,” said Salabar. “We’ve just been trying to get to that level.”

Dixon improves to 6-0, while Jesuit dips to 5-1.