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Overtime works. With the Boys HS NIT being formatted to cover three 60-minute games over three days, rather than. Two-day tournament with an opening day of 40-minute games, the new format was able to accommodate overtime.
(Common practice is to follow the IRB guidelines that age-grade games should be no longer than 70 minutes, so a 60-minute game could have a ten-minute overtime. With players limited to 90 minutes in a day, two games in one day have to be shortened.)
So it was that Northern California's Danville Oaks and Indiana's Cathedral faced OT Friday in the HS Club semifinals.
Danville shocked the defending champions by scoring twice within the first ten minutes. Wing Cameron Marek and No. 8 Vili Helu did the scoring honors for the Oaks. Somewhat stunned, Cathedral shored up their defense and tried to come back. It took just about the maximum amount of time.
"They are the most fundamentally sound team we've seen," said Danville coach Jon Straka. "And their counter-rucking was excellent."
But Danville kept stealing the Cathedral lineout, starving the Royal Irish of valuable possession. Twenty minutes into the first half, Joe Huntington scored for Cathedral to make it 12-5. Then, with almost no time left and two Danville players in the sin bin, Noah Schrader went over for the game-tying score.
into overtime we went, and that's when Max Schroeder scored just two minutes in to put his side up 17-12, and that's how it ended.
Cathedral faces United in Saturday's final, while Danville will have to be content with having out a scare I the defending champs and #1-ranked team, and a shot at 3rd.