LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Wide margins continue to highlight Rugby East fixtures as three teams went on the road only to return with victories decided by more than 20 points. Buffalo was able to keep its loss to Wheeling Jesuit to 22 points, while Iona and Kutztown scored over 60 points each in blowout victories over West Virginia and Delaware, respectively.
#17 Wheeling Jesuit 29 – 7 Buffalo
A stubborn Cardinals defense refused to allow Buffalo to score a point for the game’s first 76 minutes while their attack was able to run in five tries. Winger Ryan Graggs notched the first in the 14th minute. Joji Vakasiskakala made up for missing the conversion by scoring the game’s next try and converting his own five pointer later in the first half to produce a 12-0 advantage at the break.
The second half saw reserve Killian Gause dot down twice, and lock Tyler Ozment scored his first try to push Wheeling Jesuit’s lead to 29-0. A commendable Buffalo side played hard throughout the match, and was rewarded by sending replacement center Dyson Sprouse over the line for what would be a converted try with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Sprouse’s try would be the Bulls’ lone score of the day, leaving Wheeling Jesuit the victor, 29-7.
Iona 73 – 14 West Virginia
The Gaels scored 10 tries by eight different players in their first win since shutting out Delaware, 33-0, Sept. 17.
Iona raced out to a 26-0 lead thanks to tries by Lavar James, John DAllara, Matt Crowe and Santi Mascolo. West Virginia full back Luke Ellis managed to stop the bleeding midway through the first half with a converted try, but the Gaels immediately went back on the front foot after yielding their first points.
Before it was all over, Eliot Collins and John Powers added two tries apiece, and Bryce Stanback and Mike Marino also found the try zone. Ellis would add another try for the Mountaineers, but at that point the game was already well out of reach.
#13 Kutztown 62 – 19 Delaware
Brandon Boon and Joe Thatcher combined to score seven tries in Kutztown’s one-sided win over winless Delaware. The two scored the Golden Bears’ first two tries to build a 12-0 lead before Delaware scrum half Thomas Abram put the Blue Hens on the board with a try in the 21st minute.
Kutztown, however, would go on to score the game’s next 36 points. Boon and Thatcher let winger Aaron Gray and Jacon Estes get in on the scoring affair during that stretch before Matt Ramirez finally answered with a converted try for Delaware. The Blue Hens would score a third and final try on the match’s final play, but that was after Boon scored his third, Thatcher recorded fourth and reserve forward Callum Barlett put down his first try of the season. The 43-point trouncing was the Golden Bears’ second consecutive solid performance since its surprise loss to Wheeling Jesuit.