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The New Orleans High School title will be up for grabs Saturday as undefeated Archbishop Shaw takes on 6-1-1 Brother Martin in the league's championship game.
Shaw defeated New Orleans Jesuit on Wednesday 21-7 to make the final, while Brother Martin beat Mississippi 42-10 in one of their most impressive showings of the season in their semi on Wednesday.
Martin has had to work for their #2 spot in the league, having tied Jesuit, and beating Audubon by the slim margin of 7-5. The only game they lost, however, was to Shaw, 18-0 on March 13.
Led by co-captains Vincent Duhe (prop), and Connor Glennon (flyhalf), Brother Martin has continued to improve. Glennon scored four tries against Mississippi in the semi. Meanwyile, Matthew Reineke has been very solid as a flanker or lock, while the success of the backs owes much to the play of center Nick Williams and fullback Bruce Cuccia.
Meanwhile Shaw has played well thanks in part to an outstanding scrumhalf-flyhalf hinge in Brennan Falcon and Cameron Troxler. The two have played side-by-side for several years and are the leaders on the field.
Shaw's coaches push the importance of an organized, aggressive defense, and in seven games average about six points - half of those from Jesuit on March 29 in a league game that had no bearing on Shaw's 1st-place position.
"Our players have bought into this mentality on defense and we are extremely proud of their physicality," said assistant coach Jarrett Falcon. "We have also improved our rucking and fitness, allowing us to better maintain possession and run our pattern of play more effectively."
This game will drop the curtain on a big day of rugby in New Orleans, as before then the key Men's DI clash between New Orleans and Dallas will be played.
Both Brother Martin and Shaw have already qualified to represent La in the South High School Championships in Charlotte NC on May 3-4.