The DII Club Round of 16 was a day of drama, as five of the eight games were decided by less than a try.
First, the blowouts.
Snake River thrashed Pasadena 66-12, with wing Moe Mateiwai scoring two tries and kicking two conversions for 14 points.
Snake River 66
Tries: Rice, Sirlin, Mateiwai 2, Davidson, Tansey 2, Genetti, Nuuvali, Socker
Convs: Senio, Mateiwai 2, Nuuvali 2
Tries: Gutierrez, Waner
Rocky Gorge slammed the Eastside Banshees 48-12, with Pete Ressler scoring two tries. Michael Meehan’s try just before halftime put the game away.
Rocky Gorge 48
Tries: Chell, Ressler 2, Meehan, Benedetti, Cherriman, Biermann, Shover
Convs: Kendall 4
Tries: Edwards, Johnson
And in a game that was not a blowout but not especially close, the San Diego Old Aztecs continued their undefeated season, beating St. Louis Bombers 33-19.
The Bombers actually led early, taking a 7-5 lead when Joshua Rainey’s try was converted by James Morrison. San Diego scored just at halftime to retake the lead, but fell behind again when Matthew Skarin scored a try for St. Louis, and Morrison converted to make it 14-10.
But the rest of the game was all Aztecs. Edwards, Andrew Webber, and Nick Cavallaro all scored tries and Jarrod Faul added two penalties and a conversion to see San Diego through.
San Diego Old Aztecs 33
Tries: Montoya, Edwards 2, Webber, Cavallaro
Pens: Faul 2
St. Louis Bombers 19
Tries: Rainey, Skarin, Heinrichs
Convs: Morrison 2
There was plenty of drama in the rest of the division.
Montauk won 26-21 in overtime. Captain Mike Bunce scored with no time left to tie the game after 80, and then Matthew Brierly scored a try right at the end of overtime to seal the win.
Naples led 18-5 after 50 minutes before Montauk mounted their comeback.
Montauk 26 (OT)
Tries: Turza, Trotter, Bunce, Brierly
Pens: Ramirez, Grabowski
Tries: Bayer, Shore
Pens: Shore 3
Santa Rosa was down 20-16 just before halftime, but came back to edge the Albuquerque Aardvarks. Gary Parseghian’s try just before halftime put Santa Rosa in front, and the California side held on through a tense second half. The Aardvarks tied the at 23-23, but Perseghian's second was converted by Aaron Anthony to give Santa Rosa the lead with ten minutes to go.
Right at the end of regulation, Albuquerque scrumhalf Jonathan Gray scored. But Girala Diego’s conversion attempt was wide, giving Santa Rosa the victory.
(Apologies for wrong names in this report - the official game info sheet was incorrect)
Santa Rosa 30
Tries: Klein, Yungert, Parseghian 2
Convs: Anthony 2
Pens: Anthony 2
Tries: Patrick, Gray 2
Convs: Diego 2
Pens: Diego 3
It was even more dramatic with Wilmington against the Charleston Outlaws. Charleston led 17-6 at halftime, but were passed by and trailed 20-17 with three minutes left.
Charleston scored to take the lead 22-20. But with time up, Wilmington fullback Todd Gallen scored and Kevin Barry added the extras to pull out and thrilling victory for the Delaware team.
Barry’s excellent goalkicking was the difference in the game, as Charleston scored more tries than Wilmington.
Tries: Wolfe, Esola, Gallen
Convs: Barry 3
Pens: Barry 2
In a game that went four minutes past the end of regulation, Wisconsin managed to keep the attack going and score a try through sub prop Fabricio de Souza to beat the Middlesex Barbarians 39-36.
The teams traded the lead in the first half, with Middlesex taking a 14-13 advantage with two minutes left in the first period. Max Zukowski’s try just before halftime put Wisconsin back in front and looked to turn the tide.
Zukowski scored his second eight minutes into the second half to put Wisconsin up 27-14. But tries from Vini Daley and Rob Brennan put Middlesex back in front 28-27. Wing Andrew Norton’s try for Wisconsin regained the lead for his team, but just before the final whistle, Michael Lyons scored a try for Middlesex. Joe Kokinda’s conversion made it 36-32 with just one play left.
That’s when Wisconsin did what they needed to do, and scored the winning try on the last play after over ten phases were needed to get them down the field.
Tries: Leslie, Zukowski 2, Norton, De Souza
Convs: Jobke 4
Pens: Jobke 2
Tries: Sheehan, Daley 2, Brennan, Lyons
Convs: Kokinda 4
And finally, the Omaha GOATS scored converted tries at 62 and 81 minutes to defeat ORSU 26-24.
ORSU led early on a penalty and a converted try, and while Omaha replied to lead 12-10, ORSU’s scoring spree at the end of the first half gave them a lead they would keep for 40 minutes. They needed 41.
Tries: McGill, Lee, Hartnett, Bowers
Convs: Hartnett 3