CONCORD CA; OWEN OWENS FIELD -The Bishop O’Dowd Men and Women’s rugby teams both advance to the Northern California Championships after winning a very wet Saturday evening double header of Nor Cal Rugby Playoffs on the De La Salle Campus.
The Bishop O’Dowd Varsity Women’s Rugby Team (6-3) defeated the Renegades of Union Mine High School 29-14. Led by the hard running and tackling of the 8th man, Captain and High School All American Bianca Ortiz-Pallen, the Lady Dragons scored first and never looked back, running in 5 tries to 2. Halftime Score: O’Dowd 19, Renegades 5. The O’Dowd Ladies will advance to the Northern California Plate Championships to face the Land Park Harlequins (5-2).
The O’Dowd Varsity Men improve to (7-4) after holding on to defeat a determined De La Salle team 24-21. The Dragons produced an impressive show of forward power via the hard driving of Seniors Richard Rogers, Louis Mischeaux and Tony Cardenas. Halftime Score: O’Dowd 24 DLS 7. The Division 2 Championships will pit the Dragons against the Del Campo High School Cougars (6-2) who narrowly escaped the Berkeley Rhinos 15-14.
Men’s Scoring Timeline:
5.00 O’Dowd Try Center Andrew Crudo 5 Fullback Robert Crosby Conversion 2 12.00 O’Dowd Try Crosby 5, Crosby Conversion 2 18.00 O’Dowd Try Wing Orion Binder 5, 23.00 DLS Try and Conversion 7 33.00 O’Dowd Try Prop Troy Coaston 5
Halftime Score O’Dowd 24, DLS 7
50.00 DLS Try and Conversion 7 65.00 DLS Try and Conversion 7
Final Score O’Dowd 24 DLS 21