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Three teams moved to 3-1 in PRP play, all trailing behind the undefeated Glendale Raptors. SFGG got back to its winning ways, defeating Olympic Club 39-17. In other action, Belmont Shore won its third straight with a 31-17 win over Denver and OMBAC blasted Santa Monica 48-10.
Olympic Club started strong against its local rivals, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. The Rhinos struggled to get any continuity, turning the pill over on a number of occasions. Along with the turnovers, a solid kicking game allowed OC to play much of the first half in SFGG territory.
“We just not holding ball long enough or we are just giving it back to the enemy and we are allowing teams to get pressure. Olympic Club had really good pressure,” said SFGG coach Neil Foote.
Olympic Club led for most of the half, but a lack of concentration at the end of the half gave SFGG the lead at the break. Pila Huihui and Luke Watson scored tries to end the half. Huihui, who was a try scoring machine last year, was playing out of position in the centers, but managed to still find the try zone.
“We just struggled to get any continuity with long phases or field possession in the first half an hour. It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes of the first half that we started to get continuity and we hit it in the right part of the field…,” added Foote. “We scored two tries at the end of the half which gave us an undeserving lead at the end of the half.”
Huihui added his second of the match to start the second half, and the Rhinos reeled off a number of scores. OC battled the whole game, but fell short 39-17. SFGG capitalized around the breakdown, adding a few scores from several long runs.
“Olympic played really well, they never gave up, they are really spirited and every thing they did, they did at one hundred percent,” said Foote.
OMBAC went up 20-0 at halftime and was never really in jeopardy against Santa Monica. Mission Beach opened the scoring in the second half before the Dolphins got on the board with a pair of tries. OMBAC ultimately added several more scores to seal the match. Five different try scorers found pay dirt including two each for Jaime Purcell and Nicholas Batger.
The match between Belmont Shore and Denver was very much a back and forth affair. After a penalty to Belmont, Denver got a try from Luke Tripp. Belmont Shore added a penalty and a try to retake the lead but a try from Michael Al-Jiboori gave Denver the lead going into the break.
Belmont Shore came out of the gate strong in the second half, scoring two tries in the first 20 minutes of the half. Tripp added his second of the game to cut into the Belmont lead but Brice Schilling got his second of the match to seal the win.