Life University produced an impressive result as their undegrad team beat rivals Arkansas State 34-7 Saturday in Mid-South Conference play.
Photos Dennis D. Hawk. Life in green, ASU in red.
The Running Eagles dominated, putting all sorts of pressure on the Red Wolves defense early. Arkansas State defended well, but eventually gave up penalties that Joe Cowley punished with two early penalty goals.
“Any time you get a chance to go over the top of them for three points, you should take it, and it was good to get that pressure and those phases and have them produce points,” said Life Director of Rugby Dan Payne.
Still it was a tight game event after Jake Anderson’s try put Life up 13-0. That was how the score stayed into halftime, but slowly Life began to pull away. Paris Hollis, part of an experienced and solid front row that included Glenn Marivelli and Zach Walker, scored a try, and then Anderson added one to put Life up 27-0 and then a Tyrus Baytops try made it 34-0. Arkansas State got a try late, but it was clearly a day for the Running Eagles.
This was Life’s first conference game without longtime stars Cam Dolan and Colton Cariaga.
“We have a young team, and we played a lot of freshmen and sophomores,” said Payne. “They learned a lot – especially when our young back row gave away a yellow card for repeated infringements. But we had some good performances, and our front row played really well.”
ASU drops to 1-1 in the young Mid-South season, while Life goes to 1-0. Arkansas State next faced Davenport, who played Life’s men’s team in Marietta while on a tour of the South. Davenport had shut out Clemson earlier this week, but were beaten handily by the Life men in a game designed to test the mettle of the younger team.
Life will face 0-1 Lindenwood March 8.