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Eight teams are left looking in the hunt for national titles in Boys High School after quarterfinal matches Thursday.
In the Boys Multi-Schooly (aka HS Club) division, Danville hammered defending champs United 41-19 in an impressive display. Cathedral, 2013 finalists and 2012 champions, had to work to hold off Sierra Foothills 24-17.
The San Diego Mustangs upset the Kansas City Jr. Blues 42-29, while Santa Monica looked impressive in defeating Charlotte 30-12.
Two Southern California teams, then, San Diego and Santa Monica, meet again after a close match between the two for the SoCal title.
Also on Friday in Elkhart, Ind., Cathedral faces Danville.
United will play Sierra Foothills in the consolation semi, while KC takes on Charlotte.
In the Single-School bracket, Jesuit had no trouble with Brownsburg, while Xavier handled Greenwich in impressive fashion 29-3. Penn defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 32-17, while Gonzaga led Notre Dame de la Salette 27-3 before running in the subs and seeing the Illinois team come back to make it interesting, 32-26.
So defending champs Jesuit of Sacramento face Xavier, the 2010 single-school champions, and last year's runners up, Gonzaga, takes on the 2012 runners up and local favorites, Penn.
In the Tier II bracket, Brother Rice got a game after all, playing a team of Gonzaga and Penn 2nds, and winning. The defending Tier II winners move on, and as North Bay, which handled Maryland 38-17. Westerville had to work for it 17-12 over Orlando, and Jesuit's B team beat Fishers 25-12.
RUGBYMag made picks for all of these games, and got ten of 12 semifinalists correct - RUGBYMag was wrong on KC Jr. Blues v San Diego, and on Maryland v North Bay.