The opening week of the Men’s Division 1A season got underway on Friday with the Life Running Eagles pounding the Oklahoma 74-5 in Norman. Elsewhere in the Mid South, Arkansas State jumped all over Texas A&M in Jonesboro and came away witha 71-20 win.
Next week Oklahoma and Texas A&M will square off in College Station and try to get their respective seasons on track after opening game setbacks. Also in action next week will be victorious Arkansas State who will play host to Notre Dame in Jonesboro.
Pacific Conference action gets going as well next week, with UC-Davis traveling down to L.A. to take on the UCLA Bruins.
LIFE @ OKLAHOMA
USA National Team prospect and 2011 standout, Cam Dolan, led the Running Eagles in their efforts against OU, scoring a hat trick and causing headaches all over the pitch for the Sooners. Joseph Cowley also got a hat trick and slotted two conversions as well. Tyler Salamon, Andrew McNeil, and substitute Zach Miller all tallied a brace of tries.
Running Eagle Darrian Woodson also chimed in on the score sheet and looks well positioned to make a big impact for Life this season after an impressive showing at the 2011 USA Rugby Men’s College Sevens National Championship.
Tries: Dolan (3), Salamon (2), Woodson, Cowley (3), Walker, McNeil (2), Miller (2)
Cons: Cowley (2)
Cards: Auimatagi (yellow)
TEXAS A&M @ ARKANSAS STATE
In Jonesboro it was all Arkansas State, but the Aggies showed great heart by scoring three late tries for pride. On ASU’s side, the stat sheet is peppered with scores from David Caswell the outstanding inside center. Caswell earned 24 points for his team and got some help from Paul Benade, the Red Wovles’ openside flanker who scored four tries. The remaining scores came from all over the place. All-American flyhalf Pat Sullivan, Shaun Paterson, Jake Mizell, Dale Bates, and James Ritenour scored as well. [polldaddy poll=5960776
A&M was quiet in the first half, scoring only three points in the first half to Arkansas State’s 39.
Arkansas State 71
Tries: Benade (4), Caswell, Sullivan, Paterson, Mizell, Ritenour, Bates
Cons: Caswell (9)
Cards: Le Fleur
Texas A&M 20
Tries: Carter (2), Durke