It was business as usual for the JV team this year as they continued their tradition of playing winning rugby. With one of the strongest packs in their age group the backs enjoyed plenty of possession and under the mastermind of Kieran Farmer; they were released to score some fairly spectacular tries during the course of the season. The tone of the season was set with Plano, where players like Andrew Dolphin gave everything in the gas tank to ensure possession. There was no drop off inn intensity when Isaac Beeman came on to replace him and thus it went, the players coming on the pitch were just as skilled, just as committed, just as dedicated to winning as the players that came off. The next match was Austin Westlake where Jack Holdsworth took control of the pitch in the forwards supported by players like Dylan Vaughn. This made it easy for Kelsey Gladney to move the ball up the field, as he dominated in the centers.
St. Thomas was the next test and Derian Roper became a one-man wrecking crew as he and Tim Brantley provided power in the engine room. Ian Martinez also provided thrills and spills as he played the #9 more like a Flanker than a Scrum-half. Next stop along the way was Kingwood, where Stijn Albers and Josh Treistman provided strong performances, giving players like Ryan Bird plenty of ball to dot down in the try zone. Kingwood is also where Callen Shouse got his first taste of the game and provided plenty of push as a Lock Forward. Katy was our next contestant and a bit of a challenge as we were short numbers over the Spring Break. Carter Jones and Gregor Mathieson played hard man in the pack, while Matthew Myers established himself as one of the best open field tacklers in the league. Memorial became the next team to have to face a train that would not be stopped. Tyler Gartner had a strong performance and Jonathan Jackson finally learned to lead with his shoulders, and Keaton Blang did well coming off the bench, as the team coasted to a comfortable victory.
The culmination to the season was in College Station where the JV dominated in all facets of the game. The team was able to put it all together and under strong performances by workhorse players like Tyler Baker and Dylan Calvetti they dwarfed all opposition. Special mention goes to Evan Conlon who was a man amongst men and played above the rest of the field on the day. On a day where it would have been easy to lose focus it was the dedication of these athletes that put them in a class of their own. It will be a hard act to follow, but a tradition that is well worth keeping.
Congratulations on a job well done!!