As the 2016 7's Season is approaching its culmination at Nationals, several teams are emerging as powerhouses in their respective regions. The Scion Academy has become the dreadnought of the Mid-Atlantic region, winning the first two MAC Qualifier tournaments, and last weekend's Qualifier, in Rocky Gorge, MD, was no different.
Not only has Scion been winning tournaments, the elite side has only lost one game this season (in a non-qualifying tournament, without their full roster), and they win most of their games by 20 points or more. In fact, few teams actually score against Scion, and this past Saturday, Scion's opponents couldn't manage to put a single point on the board.
Scion rolled through NOVA B, in their first match, and then the DC Furies, in pool play (the Academy did play itself in a cross-pool match, and mixed their elite and select squads for a fun, fast match). In the semi-finals, they routed Philly, and were geared up to continue sailing through the competition when a summer storm hit Maryland. Due to lightening, the tournament final was cancelled, so Scion and NOVA A split the Qualifier points.
Scion's ability to shutout opponents is partly due to their connection and physicality on the defensive end, partly to their success in the breakdown, and partly to the seamless way they seem to run their offense. It's hard for a team to score when they don't have the ball, and Scion keeps the ball from their opponents. They turn over ball quickly and frequently, and then they take care of the ball and let their offense work.
This weekend, the Scion Academy will look to win the MAC Finals in Richmond, VA. With the momentum they have going into this tournament, it will be hard to stop them.