Jayhawks Win “March Madness Tournament” in South Sioux City, NE
5-0 Sweep of all teams in a dominating performance
Over this past weekend, the Jayhawks entered the multi-division tournament, playing in the “Men’s 15’s” Division. There was also a men’s 7’s division, and women’s 7’s and 15’s divisions. It brings together teams from across the upper Great Plains and are teams the Jayhawks rarely encounter.
Here is a summary of the games and scores.
Jayhawks defeated Red River 14-5
This was an adult men’s composite team from the Red River Union (located south of Kansas). That team was big and had very good athletes. The Jayhawks won on better fundamental skills and game plan. Red River got their points at the end of the match. Trys scores by JACK DIENST and REID PARSONS. Conversions made by CALEB MOORE. (Note: Game highlight was that Red River was on the Jayhawks’ goal line twice, pounding the goal line with their big players, but the Jayhawks held them out.)
Jayhawks defeated St. John’s College (MN) 26-5
This college side had smaller players than the Jayhawks, but were very well coached. St. John’s got their score in the very closing minute of the match. Scores two (2) by MAREK DUJAKOVICH (wing), ISAAK SCHMITT (#8), REID PARSONS (wing). CALEB MOORE kicked 3 conversions. (Note: Marek has great blood lines. His father Andy Dujakovich was a USA Eagle playing 7’s in the early 1990’s)
Jayhawks defeated University of North Dakota 20-0
This one started as an official forfeit, since UND only had 13 players. They wanted to play the Jayhawks anyway, so a game of 10’s was played. (In a game of 10’s you play without flankers, #8, or centers.) All the Jayhawks were cycled through and all got to play any position that they secretly ever desired. Scores by MAREK DUJAKOVICH, JON LOFTHOUSE, REID PARSONS, and ISAAK SCHMITT. (Note: There were no successful conversion kicks as the Jayhawks attempted drop kicks as a drill.)
That night’s tournament entertainment event for all divisions was a “Toga Party” (see photo)
Jayhawks defeated North Dakota State 14-5
This team was undefeated in their bracket on Saturday, like the Jayhawks. They matched the Jayhawks in size and were well-coached. They were very quick to breakdowns in open play. Scores by ISAAK SCHMITT and IAN O’LAUGHLIN (prop). JACK DIENST was successful on both conversion kicks. The NDS score came in the closing minute of the game. (Note: The Jayhawks had their best score of the entire weekend in this game. In one continuous movement, nearly the entire squad touched the ball as it was passed down the pitch. The big props IAN O’LAUGHLIN and DAVID NOBLE were setting each other up with great passes.)
Jayhawks won the final on forfeit over North Dakota.
North Dakota beat St. Cloud (MN) which put them in the final. Since North Dakota had lost to the Jayhawks on Saturday, they decided to forfeit the match.
Coach JASON WILLIAMS reported that the most defining thing about the Jayhawks is that they won nearly all the scrums. The big Red River team was able to hold onto the ball in some of their own put in’s, but in the remainder of the games, the Jayhawks won all scrums regardless which team put the ball in. It was a DOMINATING performance in set scrums.
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