East Tennessee club defeats Charlotte Barbarian Blues in title match
East Tennessee's rugby community earned a major achievement on Sunday, April 24 when Johnson City Rugby Club won the Carolinas Rugby Division 4 Championship match 24-7 against the Charlotte Barbarians Blues.
In the match's first half, Johnson City had 10+ knock-ons but were able to hold Charlotte to just seven points. "That could be blamed on nerves," club VP Adam Jasenak told MLR Tennessee.
In the second half, the club started to show improved play. Erik Schrader broke off from the 10 meter line, shed 3 tackles and dotted down the try for Johnson City's first score. Add on David Pratt's successful conversion kick, and the club had tied it at 7-7.
After some back and forth play, Corey Gott split defenders from 5 meters out to score the team's second try. A few minutes later, Harlan Faddis made a huge break and scored the third try. Pratt successfully kicked both conversion points. Charlotte never gained any more momentum from that point on.
Looking back at the season's success, Jasenak said, "This season has been a tough one, but we came out swinging in our inaugural season back to league play and proved to be a hard hitting team. We outscored our opposition by 200 points this season. It's been 2 hard years of building to this point and we're only going up from here."
Johnson City looks to be even better in 2023.
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