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Saturday the Seattle Vikings U19 team upended RUGBYMag.com #5 Liberty 25-24 in league play in Washington state.
Seattle ran out to an early 10-0 lead thanks to tries from flanker Riley O'Keefe and center Matt Brennan, but gave up that lead early in the second half. Liberty flyhalf Michael Thomson scored just before halftime, and then wing Corey Hayes raced over to make it 12-10 Liberty.
However, the Vikings, who have a veteran team with some exciting talent, rebounded with a try from fullbacxk Michael Doquilo and a penalty kick from lock Mac Stone to make it 18-12.
Once again, Liberty replied, with fullback Sebastian Bertulli putting his side up 19-18 with a try.
But Seattle hooker Philip Hartsell's try put Seattle ahead to stay. Liberty flanker Jake Priemsburg scored, but the conversion didn't go over.
This is the first 15s victory for Seattle (now 2-0) over Liberty in at least ten years. the U19s in at least a decade.
"We have a strong team this year," said Seattle Coach Steve Brennan.
Seattle is led by Matt Brennan, a High School All American in 7s, as well as HSAA prospects Michael Doquilo, Will Brennan, and Finlay Bruce. All-state players Philip Hartsell, Connor Cartwright, Kian Azizirad, Chad Bunkayetu, and Dayton Fox round out a talented outfit.
"The club in general has grown dramatically numbers wise, with U17, U15, U13, U11 and U9s," said Brennan, who coaches the U19s and U17s, as well as the Washington State Loggers all-star 7s team. "We are definitely challenged to maintain enough coaching resources to manage upwards of 100 players."
Meanwhile, Liberty was a bit shocked at the loss.
"It was tough, but Seattle played very well," said Liberty Head Coach jeff Candler. "If we're going to lose, this is a good time for us to do it, as we can learn from this."
Meanwhile, also in Washington's Boys Division 1, RUGBYMag #7 Chuckanut Bay edged Budd Bay 33-27 in a match of two teams with a total of four current USA national team players as their alumni. Seattle leads the league at 2-0, with Liberty and Chuckanut at 1-1.