Lance Cavanaugh scored three tries and Mason Baum, Ryan Hargraves and Jean Pierre Eloff each added a pair to lift the Davenport Panthers (ranked #1 by RUGBYMag.com) to a very impressive 75-0 demolition of Ohio State University Saturday in Grand Rapids.
The victory improved Davenport to 2-0 in the Midwest-Eastern DI Men's College league.
Ohio State came into the game hoping to contain the hard-charging Davenport offense, but Gabe Sochanek's try 55 seconds in merely signaled what was to come.
"I knew coming in that OSU would take their game to a new level but scoring fast helped and then we struggled for the next 10 minutes," said Davenport Head Coach Kruger Van Biljon. "Overall although there is too much individual stuff but today's team play was pretty good and there is a lot of things to work on still."
"I feel like we played excellent as we knew coming in we had to get the maximum number of points for our league table," added hat-trick man Cavanaugh. "To get the three tries was enexplainable but it is all teamwork as they set me up for it and I was just happy to finish."
Also improving to 2-0 in the Midwest-East was #7 Miami, which defeated #11 Indiana in a high-scoring barnburner of a match 52-31 (score corrected from earlier).
"It was just a crazy game," said Indiana's Evan Kaufman. "It was warm and I think that contributed to fatigue on defense. It was tough for us, but we came out of it with bonus points for a close loss and for four tries, so that's a positive. Miami played very well."
Indiana drops to 0-2, but have three points thank to the bonus point system.
"They were very tough," said Miami Head Coach jared Moore. "It is unfortunate all of us are in the same division, I think many of these Mideast teams could do well in the other D1 AA conferences (no disrespect to the other conferences). We have a lot to work to do still; I know it sounds cliche, but our weaknesses were exploited by IU and we must be all around solid to beat the remaining teams on our schedule. IU was playing to stay in the hunt, and they brought the lumber, our guys weathered the storm, and played tough."
Meanwhile in the Midwest-West Wisconsin improved to 2-0 with a 19-10