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The first round of the DIA playoffs took place over the weekend and all of the favorites picked up victories. Most of the games were blowouts, with the exception of Arkansas State giving BYU all it could handle at South Field.
Top seeded St. Mary’s got off to a slower than usual start but ultimately pulled away from conference foes Cal Poly. The Gaels led the entire way and ended up coming away with a 58-22 win. The Yacoubian brothers, Sean and Joe, tallied 23 points with Joe scoring a pair of tries.
In the eight-nine matchup Red River winner Texas A&M hosted Lindenwood. Despite being the lower seed, the Lions were heavy favorites and played like it. A full strength Lion team ended up putting away the Aggies 81-12. Nick Feakes scored two early tries and the Lions were off to the races.
“This game really goes to show that if we execute our phase play correctly it can make for some really great rugby. Our forwards tore open the game with tough carries and our bench was able to come on and add to the scoring. Great game and even better experience coming to Texas and getting to come closer as a team,” said wing Sam Chapman.
Lindenwood will travel to St. Mary’s for the quarter finals this weekend.
Number two, Life University blitzed Central Washington 87-7 in Georgia. CWU made the long trek east for the game and hoped it would be a close game for their efforts. However, it was 51-0 at halftime and Life flooded the game with its bench. Seven different Running Eagles scored in the first half.
"The men really came out firing today" said Head Coach Colton Cariaga. "We're pleased with how quickly we jumped out in front and even corrected a few small details as the first half progressed. We had a lot of the possession in that half but when we did defend, we executed some micro-skills in the tackle area that we've been working on over the past couple weeks. That led to pressure, which led to turnovers and then points.”
Army traveled to Colorado State for a Friday night match with the Rams. The home side got on the board with a penalty in the first minute but Army took control moving forward. Mitchell Sanderson tallied two tries in route to a 52-15 victory.
Army will head to Life for a matchup next week.
Cal scored 26 points in the first 11 minutes to put Grand Canyon away early at Strawberry Canyon. At half the game was 45-7 and the Bears went on to win 85-14. Sam Cusano netted a hat trick in the game.
Navy blanked Indiana in the other game in this foursome. The Midshipmen imposed their will on the Hoosiers, cruising to a 47-0 victory.
“We are happy we won and advanced to the last eight. Our performance was where we needed it to be on a challenging day,” said Navy coach Gavin Hickie. “Our defense was good throughout the game but we have a number of area to work on ahead of our game versus Cal.”
The final quartet featured the two closets games of the day. Penn State jumped out to an early 25-8 lead over Arizona. The Wildcats made a late push but ultimately fell 51-34 on the road.
“I was very happy with how the guys played. We let off toward the end but we were able to control the pace of the game and really get into our shape. Now we shift focus to next week, a few improvements to be made and get ready for who comes next,” said PSU coach Justin Hundley.
The closest game of the weekend saw Arkansas State nearly knock off four seeded BYU. The Red Wolves executed extremely well in the first half and led 17-5 with a few minutes left in the half. A late first half try put the game at 17-12.
A penalty from ASU extended the lead to 20-12 but BYU added a pair of tries to take a 22-20 lead. A yellow card hampered ASU and BYU was able to roll over a scrum for a try.
The Red Wolves fought back with a penalty to take the lead with less than a quarter of an hour to go. The Cougars, however, found pay dirt twice to take a 34-23 win.
BYU will host Penn State up next.