co-written by Jacob Broussard
West Jefferson High School’s rugby team had a long, hard drive back across Lake Pontchartrain, recipients of a 41-0 defeat by the Wolves of St. Paul’s School last Saturday afternoon.
The first-year West Jeff team was coming off a 60-5 victory over New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy last week, certain they would continue their winning ways. St. Paul’s had something else in mind.
“It seemed like it finally clicked for everybody, and we started really working as a team,” said Wolves captain Christian Jarret.
With fans lining the field and bagpipes blaring from the Kilts of Many Colours, who led the Wolves onto the field, St. Paul’s dominated the 70-minute match from the opening kick-off.
Allowing West Jeff only one incursion inside the St. Paul’s 22 meter line, the attacking defense and slashing runs of the Wolves did not allow West Jeff to catch their breath. Six different St Paul’s players scored during the match. Senior Cade Cowen led the team with two scores, while JT Kinch, Mark Spicer, Jarret, Nick Montreuil, and Jacob McDonald each had one score.
This is only the Rugby Wolves’ second season, and they lost many key players to graduation last spring, but Jarret feels like the team and program has grown this year.
“It was almost like starting with a blank slate this year,” said Jarret, “But it seems like everyone is getting more into it, and it is becoming more established as a sport.”
In a must-win game for both teams, SPS faces decades-old rugby powerhouse Jesuit tomorrow at 3 p.m. at City Park in New Orleans.
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For more information about the second-year program, check out Turner St. Romain’s article here.
For dates, times, and scores, the rugby scoreboard can be found here.