Purple Haze scores late to rally against Tennessee Tech

 

By Alexander Brotherton

Contributing Writer

In a well fought match, Sewanee Rugby scored a late try to seal up a tie against Tennessee Tech in what would be Captain William Godsey’s (C’17) last game for the Haze. The game started slow but Sewanee was able to start to build up play from the back, and was able to push the ball down the field to set up a try for Jack Spruill (C’20) to score. This was Spruill’s first official try of the season.

After back and forth play with Sewanee having long stretches of dominating possession Tennessee Tech had a breakaway to run the ball in for a try after a Connor McClain (C’19) error to equalize to make it 5-5. Tennessee Tech began to dominate after that as they mostly dominated the rucks and the scrums, but Sewanee was able to hold and score after a Callan Low (C’20) darting run that resulted in a try, making the score 10-5.

After an inspiring half time speech by Coach Daniel Carter, Sewanee came out strong but unfortunately after a few key scrums Tennessee Tech would get two quick tries to lead Sewanee 15-10. Finally in the last half of Purple Haze rugby of the year, Sewanee was able to put up a final push at the end of the game; and with an estimated crowd of over 40 people bellowing out the famed “yea Sewanee’s right” chant the Purple Haze was able to set up a try for Kurt DeLay (C’18) which would end up being the last possession of the game making the final score 15-15. Although Sewanee was not victorious in her last game the spirit and sportsmanship of both teams was admirable and all fans went home satisfied in the effort shown by all.

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