Myers Park rugby club won the South Boys High School title this past weekend, coming back from a 10-0 deficit to defeat New Orleans Jesuit.
The North Carolina team actually got into the South playoffs because Charlotte Catholic had opted to accept an invitation to the USA Rugby national tournament. Myers Park lost only twice all season, 9-0 against Charlotte Catholic when they kept getting into penalty trouble, and 27-26 to HS club team West Mecklenburg.
On Saturday, Myers downed the Pope Greyhounds 57-0, and then Providence 17-0. New Orleans Jesuit beat the game teams, 62-10 over Pope and 49-5 over Providence.
It wasn’t until the first half of the final that they gave up any points.
“We came out cocky,” said Myers Park coach Frank McKinney. “We needed to show better discipline. We talked at halftime and just said, we have expectations, and we are going to do it. We just need to execute.”
Led by captain and flyhalf Colin Frazier, who has been a four-year starter for the team, Myers Park began to come back. Frazier set up outside center Marlon Pritchard for a try early in the second half, and with Frazier’s conversion the score stood 10-7.
The captain’s leadership was important at this point. On the front foot Myers Park started to get penalties. It was Frazier who prevented some rash quick taps, pointed to posts and slotted a penalty to tie the game. The team then saw how it would all fall into place.
Consistent pressure from Myers Park put New Orleans Jesuit under the gun, and produced two more Frazier penalties for the 16-10 win.
“Jesuit is an outstanding team,” said McKinney. “But I was very pleased with how our kids came back, and the toughness they showed.”
Meanwhile the Charlotte Tigers (pka South Mecklenburg) won the HS club bracket in a very competitive competition.
The Tigers beat Greer 29-22 while the Trojans of Florida beat Tennessee’s South Doyle 38-14 in the semis.
In an excellent game played in hot weather, the Tigers outlasted the Trojans 33-21.