- Crossover conference matchups end with Cal and Lindenwood with dominant victories
- California conference sees victories from St. Mary’s, Grand Canyon, and Santa Clara
- Independent team Central Washington beats powerhouse Arizona in a hotly contested matchup
- In the Red River, Texas A&M and North Texas come out on top over conferences rivals over a busy weekend
#2 Cal travelled to take on San Diego State in a preseason crossover match ahead of each side’s conference openers next week. The Golden Bears came in to this match off the heels of a 137-0 win against UC Davis and were looking to build off a strong performance in their first match of the season. Cal scored early and often, with flanker Sam Golla crossing for a try in the first minute of the match. 14 players scored for the Golden Bears on the day, with 5 of those players scoring two or more tries in the game. Flanker Jason Severance led Cal with three tries in the match. Cal moves on to play #18 UCLA in their conference opener next weekend while San Diego State will open their conference play against UC Santa Barbara.
#3 Lindenwood started their spring season with a dominant shutout win over Oklahoma 71-0. The Lions were playing in their first match since November 16th but showed no signs of rust as they easily dismantled the Oklahoma defense. Reserve hooker Stephen McLeish came on in the 45th minute of the match and scored three tries in the second half to help lead the Lions to victory. Flyhalf Andreas Livadaras was also crucial in the win, as he guided the Lindenwood attack and scored 17 points in the win via a try and six conversions.
#4 St. Mary’s were back in action following a bye week as they defeated Cal Poly at home 46-10. St. Mary’s scored eight tries in the win, two of them coming early in the first half via winger Jon Hackett. Cal Poly’s points came in the 27th and 70th minute as fullback Alexander Domine successfully converted both penalty kicks. The Gaels move to 4-0 on the season as they comfortably sit on top of the California conference. Cal Poly sits at 0-3 on the season, with all their loses coming at the hands of teams ranked in the top 25 this season.
Elsewhere in the California conference, #21 Grand Canyon University hosted UC Santa Barbara. GCU got out to an early lead as winger Christopher Berry scored in the first minute of the match. GCU flanker Ronald Sallee would score his first of three tries in the tenth minute of the match. UCSB would quickly strike back as lock Roger Monroe would bash his way over the tryline to keep his side within striking distance. The Lopes would soon pull away as they would score four more tries before the end of the half. UCSB struggled to contain the Grand Canyon attack in the second half, as GCU was able to widen the deficit and win 62-17.
After being shut out by St. Mary’s 93-0 in their last game, Santa Clara bounced back to defeat UC Davis 25-12. Santa Clara flyhalf Lucas Domine played a crucial role in his side’s win, as he scored 15 points in the match from a try, two conversions, and two penalty kicks. Despite a second half push from UC Davis that put them within a point of tying the game, Santa Clara was able to stay ahead after adding some insurance points, winning 25-12.
#19 Central Washington upset hosts #13 Arizona 32-28 in Tucson, Arizona this past weekend. Central Washington entered halftime up 12-8 over the Wildcats, despite Central Washington’s inside center Maques Fuala’au being issued a red carded in the 25th minute for dangerous play, leaving his side to battle the remainder of the game. CWU looked to be pulling away from Arizona, as they were up 27-18 with only ten minutes left in the match. The wildcats would not go down without a fight though, as they stormed back to score ten points via a try and a penalty kick to take a 28-27 lead over CWU with only three minutes left to play. Central Washington was able to score quickly off of a kickoff though in the 78th minute, as eight-man Alex Mackenzie was able to barrel over the line to score and put his side ahead to win 32-28 over Arizona.
Texas A&M continued to dominate the Red River Conference, as they defeated LSU for the second time this season. In the 48-7 win over LSU Winger Hayden Martin scored three tries in to lead his side in points on the day. While Texas A&M will be happy with this win, they’ll need to improve drastically to be able to contend with #1 Life, who they’ll play on the road in a crossover match at the end of the month.
In other Red River action, Texas Tech fell to North Texas 17-12. Texas Tech now sit near the bottom of their conference, with only LSU below them in dead last. North Texas improves to 2-1 on the year and will look to carry their success form this win into their next game against a competitive Baylor side.