Life advanced to the DI Quarterfinals with a 41-17 defeat of Old Blue Saturday in Virginia Beach, Virg. The Running Eagles led 17-7 at halftime and put the game away early in the second half, getting up 36-10 before Old Blue scored its second try.
Both teams agreed to sit their Eagle prospects, so Adam Sidall and Luke Hume were absent for New York and Phil Thiel sat out for Life. With the Elite Cup final next weekend, Life sat nine regular starters in all.
“I just exposed all of our regular bench players and a sprinkling of a few starters, and they went very well,” said Life player/coach James Isaacson. “A lot of guys playing out of position, but they really were aggressive and they took it to Old Blue and I think the score line is a good show of that.”
Cathal Doyle stood out in the back row, and two guys who showed well in their rare starts were loosehead Demecus Beach and center Jason Davila, who started at flanker for Life quite a bit last season.
“Powerful runner,” said Isaacson of Davila, “he was a real handful in the midfield and caused Old Blue some problems.
“[Demecus] really stepped in today and did a job. He’s doing well. He’s a real handful, and he’s really took to the step up in play and I’m happy with that.”
Isaacson will start a similar side against Boston, 29-15 winners over Palmer, tomorrow. If the game’s close at halftime, Life’s regular starters could run on in the second half. If it’s lopsided one way or the other, they’ll likely stay on the bench.