Rockford Rugby currently ranked first in the state

Rockford's Dom Lamancusa

RHS Rugby traveled to West Ottawa Monday, April 24, 2017 where the varsity team took on West Ottawa Panthers and the JV had a rematch with the Grand Haven Bucs.

The Rams varsity started out hot and fast scoring two early tries. The RHS team became a bit complacent and, “relaxed on defense, thinking we had already won the game,” said Coach Gent. “West Ottawa never quit, and fought on by taking advantage of our mental mistakes to take the lead 11-10.” With the Panthers leading at the beginning of the second half, the Rams woke up and put in a dominant performance on both sides of the ball. “We took the lead quickly and never looked back. Our forwards were dominant in the scrums and line outs. Our backs imposed their will and scored many long range tries, putting the ball through many hands. Brandon Schwandt’s and Dom Lamancusa’s vision was pivotal in setting up many of our scores,” said Gent. The final score was Rams 39 Panthers 11. Contributing to the Rams scoring were Parker Anderson with three tries, Dom Lamancusa with two tries, Isiah Villerius with one and Bretton Eardley with one. Successful on the kicks were Sam Corey and Jason Heuker. After this win, Rams move to 4-0 record and are now in first place in the Division 1 West league, and currently ranked #1 in the State!

“This week’s Be Happy Play Rugby Man of the Match is Dom Lamancusa. Dom was key in the Rams 39-11 victory over West Ottawa. He had two tries at outside center and a couple of hockey assists as well. Dom also stepped up on defense with huge tackles in the backline. He even helped the forwards stop a maul by tying up the ball. Dom was a unanimous choice by his teammates for Man of the Match. Congratulations, Dom!” said Coach Dauser.

Now you are all probably wondering… what is a maul in rugby? The maul is about physical strength and power. The maul is when at least three players from either side are in contact together, challenging the player with the ball moving towards a goal line. But what makes the maul different to the ruck is the ball is not on the ground but in hand.e center and a couple of hockey assists as well. Dom also stepped up on defense with huge tackles in the backline line and even helped the forwards stop a maul by tying up the ball. Dom was a unanimous choice by his teammates for man of the match. Congrats Dom!!

Our JV team had a rematch with Grand Haven. The Bucs had beaten the Rams in a close game at home last week. “This time Rockford JV would find revenge by taking it to the opponents. The Rams put some big hits and counter rucks in.  The forwards controlled the pace of the game with Ian Berkenpas at scrum half directing traffic. Ian had a few big breaks that lead to scores. Brendan Bach came on at fly half and really got the offense firing on all cylinders. With good ball movement from Brendan, the backline players were able to score securing the win,” said Coach Gent. The final was 20-8 with scores from Ian Berkenpas and Gage Radaz.

Stay tuned for the results of the upcoming match between the Rams and the Grandville Bulldogs!

Go Rams! FTB (For The Boys)!