Scion in Atlanta: Day 2
With both its Elite Side and High School Side in the semi-finals of the Atlanta 7's Festival, the Scion Academy had established the foundation for a successful tournament on their first day out. Heading into the second day of play, both sides were looking for more solid defensive stands and cohesive offensive series. The Scion High School Side hit the ground running in the morning of the second day. Behind solid overall play, they beat a tough Summit team in the semi-finals, sending them into the finals against a very talented Atlantis team. Though they would strike first, Scion couldn't hold onto an early lead. The Atlantis offense was too much for them, and they wound up settling for second in the tournament. Of course, this isn't the result they wanted, however Scion can be proud of a second place finish with their first ever High School Side. Day 1 for the Scion Elite Side was the Day of Defense, as no team could manage to put points on the board against them. However, Day 2 would start off on a very different footing for the Elites. The Northeast Academy came with their game faces in a snarl and with some great striking lines, were able to draw first blood against Scion. That first score for the NE Academy would also be their last, as the Scion Elites turned up the defensive pressure and turned on their offense. After ticking off 4 tries and an extra two on a kick, they beat the NE Academy 22-5 to move into the finals. In the finals, the Scion Elites would face a familiar foe in ARPTC. In their first match of the tournament, the Elites held the women out of Arkansas scoreless. However, this recharged ARPTC would make the championship game a little closer, but in the end, not close enough. Scion was led in the finals by some strong runs from Emily Fulbrook and clutch decision making from Kimber Rozier, and they would beat ARPTC 24-5 and claim the Atlanta 7's Festival championship. All in all, it was a great weekend for the Scion Rugby Academy. Not only were they able to come away with some hardware in their Elite Championship victory, but they sewed the seeds of growth in the Women's Rugby game by fielding their first High School side.