SALT LAKE CITY – When the ball drops on Snow Canyon’s rugby match today, the Warriors will be going for yet another title and most fans around the state have grown accustomed to the impressive squad from southern Utah.
Snow Canyon, which competes as a club team in the Utah Youth Rugby Association’s Single School division, has been nothing short of dominant since Jay Day and Michael Puriri established the program. Ranked fifth in the nation, the Warriors battle Olympus tonight at 6 p.m. at the University of Utah’s soccer main field.
“We play in the division that draws all its players from a single school, so even though we are not officially sanctioned by the UHSAA, this is essentially the Utah state championship,” Day said. “If we did get a UHSAA official sanction, they would possibly take away a lot of things we do, like traveling out of state for matches and perhaps some other restrictive rules and regulations. We do a pretty good job of governing ourselves.”
Snow Canyon is the champion of the Southern Utah/Nevada Division, going 6-0 and has two bog wins in the state tournament. The Warriors beat their playoff opponents by 59 and 91 points in the first two rounds.
“We’ve played pretty well and look forward to the semifinals and hopefully the championship game,” Day said. “The four teams in the semifinals are really quite good and pretty evenly matched. Olympus, our opponent Friday, is well-organized and well-coached.”
The games are shortened for the playoff tournament. The Semifinal game will be 45 minutes total and the championship game, which is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m., will be 60 minutes instead of a regulation 90 minutes.
East pulled off the upset in the first semifinal today, knocking off Olympus. The Leopards will be in Saturday’s championship game after beating the Titans 27-22.
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