Pendleton Rugby goes undefeated over spring break trip


By Brady Extin | The Times-Post

PENDLETON — The Pendleton Rugby club wrapped up an impressive spring break tour this past weekend.

Traveling south, Pendleton stopped in Memphis, Tennessee for two games before closing out the tour with one game in New Orleans.

A 1,696-mile round trip tour did little to slow them down.

Pendleton finished the three-game stretch with seven combined wins and zero losses. Varsity went a perfect 3-0, while junior varsity went 4-0.

The tour was kicked off at home in Pendleton on March 12 in dominant fashion when they welcomed the No. 40 ranked team nationally, St. Louis University High School.

Behind a trio of first-half tries, Pendleton jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and eventually took the game 40-7.

Five players scored for Pendleton, with Nick Trout leading the way with two tries.

They carried that momentum over into their lone game in Tennessee.

Against the No. 13 ranked team, Club 901, Pendleton dominated once again behind an all-around team effort, winning 29-5.

Five players scored tries for Pendleton: Steven DeVault, Brennen Adams, Hunter Branham, Kolbey Siler and James Malone all added one.

In its last stop in New Orleans, Pendleton saw its closest game of the trip, a 21-10 win against New Orleans Jesuit High School.

First half tries from Nate DeRolf and Max Davis, and a Trout penalty kick, propelled Pendleton to a 15-5 first-half lead.

A quick score from New Orleans’ Andrew Newell cut the lead to 15-10, but a try from Branham capped off the undefeated trip for Pendleton.

Branham led Pendleton during the trip with three tries, Trout added two, while nine Arabians added one.

Trout converted nine of his 13 conversion attempts and the one penalty kick to lead Pendleton with 31 points.

The junior varsity team defeated St. Louis University High School 34-7, Club 901 41-31, Christian Brothers High School 56-22 and New Orleans Jesuit 24-5.

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