Another trip to the National Invitational Tournament for Jesuit, but for the first time in a number of years the Marauders were on a collision course to meet with archrival Gonzaga in the semi-finals, not in the finals.
The Jesuit Marauders were looking for revenge in the Nor Cal Premier Rugby Final against the Danville Oaks after an earlier league defeat, but Danville had other ideas. Both teams showed massive improvement over the past two months and the game was filled with big hits and running rugby.
Danville got on the board first and punished Jesuit for playing too much rugby within their own 22. A missed tackle led to a long break and Danville was in under the posts to take 7-0 lead.
The culmination of the Jesuit Marauders Junior Varsity 2018 campaign saw the Marauders facing off against the Peninsula Youth Rugby Razorhawks. Their name is somewhat deceptive, as the Razorhawks looked like a junior college team. The Razorhawk forward pack may have been the largest pack at the tournament, varsity teams included. It consisted of at least six players who weighed in at over 250 lbs. Contrasted against the Jesuit pack, which only had two players that weigh over 200 lbs, the size disparity was immense. The backline comparison was every bit as lopsi
Jesuit kicked off their playoff run with a fierce determination and a game that was refined after playing three foreign teams over the Spring Break. Hosting the always dangerous San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club, Jesuit dominated the first half.
The sun was out, but the Jesuit field still had some patches of mud. The teams were slowed down at times, but McClatchy came to play. It was Jesuit that got on the scoreboard first by pouncing on a spilled ball to punish the Lions in the first 30 seconds. Flanker Max Sackett walked into the corner to score. Fullback Mason Phillips missed the sideline conversion. McClatchy started to work their pattern and were successful punching it in at the 7-minute mark.
The Jesuit Varsity Red side took on a very athletic McClatchy second side Saturday afternoon. The scoring began with McClatchy playing some very loose, but very skilled, rugby, piecing phases and offloads together to put the Marauders on their heels. Keeping poise, Jesuit flyhalf Jack Marchant and fullback Tommy Pappas worked hard to build momentum as the Lions kept pressure building.
On a beautiful spring morning, with a few scattered clouds, the Jesuit JV Marauders hosted the CK McClatchy Lions. This cross-town rivalry sees many former youth rugby teammates squaring off against one another. Unfortunately, CKM had a numbers problem and did not have enough players to field a team, so the Marauders lived up to their motto and volunteered to be Men for Others. With six of our boys donning the Lions colors, the game got underway. The Marauders came roaring out of the gate and put the first try in with less than two minutes gone on the clock. Wi
The rain had stopped, but the field was still soaked when Danville came to Jesuit in yet another battle of Nor Cal rugby heavy weights.
After Jesuit lost possession early and got on the wrong side of the referee, a series of penalties allowed Danville to creep close to the line and once the Jesuit defenders were slipping around, Danville punched in a try. They were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over with two more penalties and a converted try to take a solid lead into the half.
The JV Marauders kicked off early to get a muddy battle going with our East Bay rivals. While many of the Danville sophomores promoted up to their Varsity B side, their freshmen were big, physical, and aggressive at the breakdowns. However, the power of the Big Red Machine was simply too much for the Oaks to withstand. With Jesuit’s offload game hampered by the slippery conditions, the first stanza saw many restarts from dropped balls. On a dry track, the scoreline may well have doubled as Jesuit crossed the line four times in the first half. Those tallying sco
Sacramento – On a dry day made for running rugby, two former National Champions and Northern California rivals faced off on the Jesuit home field. Granite Bay, one of the top club sides in the nation, came to play. For the first ten minutes Granite Bay kept the pressure on, aided by Jesuit ill discipline. A series of Jesuit penalties led to a yellow card for inside center John O’Brien.
On a wet and muddy pitch, a development side of Jesuit Marauders battled rival Christian Brothers in front of a hardy crowd. Captains on the day, scrumhalf Jacob Nelson and hooker, Sam Schwartz, led the team and set the tone.
Although the conditions made it difficult, Jesuit adapted well and started on the front foot with rookie Lock Carson Harthun ripping a ball of a CB player and then had a nice offload to allow Center Ethan Cline to score just 30 seconds into the match.
The JV Marauder’s Faced the Christian Brothers Falcons at Jesuit’s home field in a game called the Holy Mud Bowl. The match was a physical affair with the many gum shield rattling tackles, but with good team defense the Marauders were able to prevail. The scoring got under way when Liam McLoughlin scored a try running through The Falcons forward pack. Soren Peterson’s conversion was good. Score 7-0 the good guys
A Depleted Jesuit Rugby Team Triumphs Over Old Foe Lamorinda
Missing a number of starters due to injury, illness and other commitments, a scrappy Jesuit Varsity rugby team was able to overcome a tough Lamo team.
Senior Mason Phillips, standing in at Flyhalf, started the scoring with a well-taken penalty to give Jesuit the early lead. Lamo came right back with some strong running to score a converted try and take the lead.
On a cold but sunny day in Orinda, CA, the Jesuit Varsity Rugby Red team took on an eager Lamorinda team. Lead by Sam Schwartz in the forwards and Jack Marchant in the backs, the scoring opened early with hard running and skilled passing from the Jesuit side. The Red side was dangerous on attack, with many players looking to offload out of contact and keep the pressure on the Running Rodents. Hard runs from the forwards Max Richins, Sione Nauvai, and Ben and Nathan Fettig found The Marauders on the front foot often.
After the hotly contested Varsity A side match, and with many of the sophomores getting time in the Varsity B side match, a mostly freshmen side took the field for the JV match. Showing a nifty side step after coming around on a lineout, sophomore hooker, Connor Phillips started off the scoring by ducking in on the right (conversion missed). Jesuit 5 – Lamo 0. Although, they were undermanned and had a few Marauders in their ranks (sophomore prop, Jared Hight, and sophomore fullback, Jagger Saca), Lamo battled back for a well-earned try+conversion to take the lead. Je
Jesuit made the trip up the hill to play Mother Lode in an early kick off. The Marauders started brightly with backs and forwards mixing up the attack and making a series of line breaks. Fullback Mason Phillips started the scoring with a penalty just two minutes into the game. Scrumhalf David Starnes scored just five minutes later, with Phillips adding the conversion. Starnes set up a try for wing Kevin Wells to dot down. Then Prop Joe Marchant would not be denied close to the line.
On a warm sunny day at Cal Maritime’s rugby complex, the Marauders of Jesuit clashed with the Highlanders of Marin. Jesuit was able to jump out to a quick lead with Eightman Max Sackett finding a gap off a lineout to dot down. Fullback Mason Phillips, who had a great day with the boot, converted to make it a 7-0 game.
Marin stifled Jesuit for long patches and when the Marauders did touch the ball they often forced a pass or went for the homerun ball.
On a beautiful day at the California Maritime rugby field, the Jesuit JV Marauders notched their first league victory of the 2018 season against the Marin Highlanders. The Highlanders were physical in the tackle, quick to the breakdown, and recycled the ball efficiently to put the Marauders under pressure. However, a bit of disciplinary issues saw two of their players sent off with yellow cards at the 11 minute and 13 minute mark.
Led by the hard running of lock Laiatu Latu and Saint Mary’s-bound Prop Joe Marchant, the Marauders were able to get two wins to start the season at the Kick Off Tournament held in Sacramento.
First up was Peninsula Green. It was a hard-hitting affair with both teams finding it hard to keep control of a wet ball. Peninsula Green stuck first with a penalty before Senior Flanker Max Sackett got over the line for a first Jesuit try. Fullback Mason Phillips converted to give Jesuit a 7-3 at the half.
Fred is the director and head coach of the Jesuit Rugby Program. He began the program in 1997 and has grown the program into a National powerhouse, with over 140 boys participating in two different leagues, at the Varsity and JV levels. Coach Khasigian’s other coaching venture outside of Jesuit, was in 1996, with the Ashton RFC.
Coach Khasigian earned his AB Degree from the University of Southern California in 1970 and his Medical Degree in 1974. He also earned his MBA at California State University-Sacramento in 2003.
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