Cathedral (IN) became the first team outside the state of Utah to win the High School Club championship Saturday, defeating United 51-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Cathedral displayed some nice open field play all day, and first converted it into points when wing Kyle Cook fielded a kick, dummied its chaser and raced down the touch line. Cook threw a desperate pass back inside as he was being caught. Flanker Alex Ney caught it and dished to center Drake Meyers, who drove over the line for a score. The conversion missed, leaving Cathedral up 5-0.
Cathedral worked the ball back and forth, operating well after some go-forward ball from prop Levi Kinney, and nearly scored again, but Meyers lost the ball forward in a tackle inside United’s five-meter line.
United was knocking on the door near the 20th minute and spun the ball wide inside Cathedral’s 22, but Royal Irish fullback Michael Weimer forced a fumble, scooped up the loose ball and raced 80-plus meters for the score, extending Cathedral’s lead to 12-0 after the conversion.
Cathedral got another big break from Weimer that was cut short inside the attacking five-meter line. United was pinged for a penalty at the breakdown and Cathedral opted for a scrum. No. 8 Joe Schroeder picked from the base of the set piece and beat the weakside flanker to the try zone, putting the Royal Irish up 17-0.
Myers slotted a penalty to give Cathedral a 20-0 lead going into halftime, and he opened the second half scoring with another, making it 23-0.
United wing Tanu Aupiu had nothing but green in front of him when he intercepted a Cathedral pass, but he was deemed offsides, killing United’s most promising attack. The call drew ire from the stands, but kept Cathedral on the offensive.
Cathedral kept pouring it on, managing three more converted tries in the second half before emptying the bench with about 10 minutes to play. Reserve prop Henry Hill scored the game's final try in the 67th minute. United threatened in injury time, but lost the ball on the wing before Cathedral kicked it to touch.
Cathedral No. 8 Joe Schroeder was named as the final's MVP for consistently giving the Royal Irish go-forward ball to work with.
Tries: Campbell, Weimer, Schroeder, Hill (2), Schrader, Wood
Cons: Myers (5)
Pens: Myers (2)