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Wheeling Jesuit posted an impressive 75-18 win over in-state ruval West Virginia Saturday. Nine Cardinals accounted for 13 tries in the win. U20 No. 8 Peter Malcolm led the way with four tries, center Inosi Kau chipped in two, and seven more scored one a piece.
WJU and West Virginia have met four times since the resurrection of the Wheeling program. The Cardinals won 10-6 in the fall of 2012, the Mountaineers claimed their lone victory in the series, 23-22, in the spring of 2013, and the Cardinals won 24-5 in the fall of 2014. Saturday's result was by far the most lopsided in the battle for the Mountain State. It also served as a preview for next fall, as WVU is set to join JVU in the Rugby East.
The floodgates didn't open until the second stanza, as the Cardinals led just 19-18 at halftime. WJU began using the width of the field, attacking from all areas, straightening up running lines, improving defensive pressure and adjusting to the referee. As a result, the home team piled on 56 points and held the Mountaineers winless in the final 40 minutes, emptying its bench in the process.
Gonzaga (DC) and Royal Irish (IN)l, two of the top high school teams in the country, played a barnburner of a curtain raiser ahead of the college tilt, which Gonzaga won 27-25 on the final play of the game. Wheeling's JV side toppled Baldwin Wallace, 25-12, in the day's finale.