Kutztown, West Virginia close Rugby East season with wins

D1A Rugby: Kutztown, West Virginia close Rugby East season with wins
Photo Credit: Kent Miller

LAFEYTTE, Colo. – Fourteenth-ranked Kutztown University was able to bounce back from a tough defeat at the hands of Conference Champions Penn State to throttle Buffalo, 82-26, while West Virginia was victorious over Delaware in Rugby East’s final week of play.

Kutztown’s Jackson Clark managed to outscore the Bulls on his own. The fly half scored four tries and added six conversions for 32 total points.

Two other Golden Bears had multi-try performances. Full back Dmontae Noble collected a hat trick to bring his total to ten tries on the season, and prop Jake Glass’ pair of tries doubled his total for the year.

Buffalo was much more competitive in the second half of the game. The team’s center pairing of Owen Lawther and Frank Nugent both found the try zone early in the second period, and eight man Thomas Dreitlein added his first score of the season. However, Kutztown was far too strong for the Bulls and notched an 82-26 victory.

West Virginia hosted the battle of Rugby East’s winless teams in Morgantown, W.V. when Delaware paid the Mountaineers a visit. Both teams played with a valiant desperation given the fixture represented each team’s final opportunity to earn a conference victory this fall.

Center Jordan DeGore got the scoring started with a West Virginia try four minutes into the match. Delaware took its lone lead of the game soon after when Joseph Padin converted Zephir Lambert’s try before adding two points to his own try to build a 14-7 lead.

West Virginia, however, didn’t waste much time regaining its scoring advantage. Prop Richard Moraes punched back with his first try of the season. Unsatisfied going into the break tied at 14, Luke Ellis dotted down two minutes before the halftime whistle and converted his own score to put the Mountaineers ahead 21-14 at intermission.

A period of stout defense on both ends opened the second half before lock Matt Beniard widened West Virginia’s lead with a try in the 53rd-minute.

Refusing to go quietly, the Blue Hens mounted a comeback. Two unconverted tries between the 55th and 75th-minute pulled the visitors to within just four points of the lead. Unfortunately for Delaware, two late yellow cards would slow its momentum and help West Virginia add one more try through the hands of Aiden Perrenoud, and celebrate a 33-24 win.