Victory Over Davis More than Secures DI-A Playoffs for the Gaels
DAVIS, Calif. - With Saturday's win over Davis, 50-13, the Gaels now set their sights on hosting Utah in the D1-A Quarter Finals on Saturday May 5th. Saint Mary's clinched 1st Place in the D1-A Pacific Conference with a pivitol win over Central Washington (37-0) earlier in the season.
In Saturdays match up with Davis, the Gaels added some heat to the sunny day in Davis as they put together a solid effort to earn the victory over a scrappy and persistent Davis squad. Davis scored early with a penalty kick, which the Gaels followed up with an SMC try making it 5-3 at ten minutes in.
At 20 minutes Nick Wallace made a successful charge from 15 meters for a try, which was successfully converted by Augie Heath for a 12-3 lead. Five minutes later the Aggies hit another penalty making it 12-6. Just before halftime, Suzio took a nice offload pass from a breaking Kingsley McGowan for a converted try leaving it SMC 26 UCD 6 at the half.
Garrett Brewer, Bubba Jones and Bailey Hardwick substituted in for the Gaels in the second half. The Aggies scored first with a converted try two minutes in for a 26-13 scoreline. Jones then scored from an assist from Hardwick and the try was then converted by Heath for 33-13. Brophy then touched it down after four moving scrum attempts, three called back, and the unconverted try made it 38-13 at the 68 minute mark. The next score came when Brewer stole the ball and went 40 meters for a try, unconverted, bringing the score to 43- 13.
The final try scored by Brewer occurred when McGowan ended a big run with an unselfish dish to Brewer at the try line. Brewer converted for a final of 50-13.
The Gaels return to Pat Vincent Rugby Field this Saturday, May 5th when the Gaels (#1 Pacific seed) will host Utah (#2 West seed) on the Pat Vincent Field for a DI-A quarterfinal match.
May 5th- D1-A Quarterfinals
- Penn State (#2 East) at Life University (#1 Mid-South)
- UCLA (#2 Pacific) at BYU (#1 West)
- Arkansas (# 2 Mid-South) at Army (# 1 East)
- Utah (#2 West) at Saint Mary's (#1 Pacific)