The Belmont High School Rugby Club won a decisive, physical semi-final match Tuesday night, beating Boston College High School 19-7 in Danvers, MA. They now advance to the Division 1 state championship on Saturday, May 25th at Fort Devens State Park.
Playing under less than ideal conditions on the bucolic campus of St. John’s Prep the boys from Belmont went up 14-0 at halftime.
Belmont kept the ball deep in BC’s territory using useful kicking from flyhalf Junior Toussaint and fullback Peter Berens. Their effective offense, coupled with strong performances from captain Jon Comeau and the forward pack allowed Belmont to put BC on the back foot.
But perhaps the difference maker was outside center Alec Lockett. Playing in his final season Lockett was vicious in defense, brilliant in support, and ran the ball with aplomb.
BC responded well in the 2nd half and put pressure on Belmont. After numerous phases on defense Belmont gave up a try in the corner.
With time winding down Belmont used impact subs to freshen the legs and keep the lead.
The icing on the cake was when a loose ball was gobbled up by Pat O’Connor who offloaded to Comeau. Fending off defenders with panache the skipper looped the ball nimbly to Jack Toland who scampered under the posts to seal the win.
Belmont will face Bishop Hendricken High School for the Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization Division 1 State Championship this Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 and admission is free.
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