Blackthorn Men traveled up to State College this past Saturday 15 as One in a large passenger van to take on the Happy Valley Barbarians. The men in green made good on their goal to “score as many points as they could”, bringing home the W with a 40-34 victory. The home and away teams traded punches all game long and in the end, the difference maker was X-factor Robbie “Money” Vollrath and his accurate foot. Jabari Johnson and Jaron Ellison both scored two tries apiece, and Vince Umile and Rob Vollrath both tallied a try apiece. Vollrath converted 5 of 6 kicks. While there were a few solid candidates for Blackthorn man of the match among the scorers, the honor went to Jack Wetere. Jack had bruised ribs yet traveled anyway, and played in pain the entire game while securing the scrum and banging away at the Happy Valley defense. The post match social was held at Doggies Pub in State College, where the ruggers mixed in with the PSU students watching their Lions play Iowa.
The side: Walker, Blake, Petrilli, Jack, Quinn, Travis, Phil, Derrick, Jabari, Zach, Porter, Vince, Jaron, Nick, Robbie. Billy Freeman traveled from Bloomsburg to be our lone sub and played most of the second half to help seal the win.