Pelham seventh-eighth team wins sixth to stay undefeated and top of standings; sixth-seventh fights hard

Pelham’s league leading and undefeated seventh-eighth grade tackle team traveled to Randall’s Island Saturday to take on rival Manhattan Rugby. Pelham jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first half, but the second half tested Pelham’s mettle. Manhattan picked up help from Ridgewood players, while Pelham was reduced to 12 after starting center Whit Johnson went down early in the first half. Pelham had to play the entire second half with no substitutes.

Pelham relied on a stout defense led by Morgan Collins and Matt Biskup and by controlling lineouts with Dan Biskup and Nick Roll. Pelham gave up a few early tries in the second half only to come back and score several of their own as a result of great play by newcomer David Monaco and finishing by Xavier Worsley. Pelham eventually won 12 tries to 4 to remain undefeated and clinch the league for the second year in a row.

Solid performances were put in by Cian Burns, Quinn Scanlon, Alex Calder, James Cahill, Matt Rabinowitz, Xavier Worsley, Matt Biskup, Dan Biskup, Nick Roll, Whit Johnson, Morgan Collins, David Monaco and Quinn Scanlon.

The Pelham seventh-eighth grade team takes on Ridgewood June 3 at 5:30 pm at home at Spring Street field.

Pelham’s sixth-seventh graders traveled to Randall’s Island to take on Aspetuck, Connecticut. Aspetuck was undefeated this season and would be the biggest challenge of the year for Pelham. After a tough start, Pelham was able to regroup and put together some great periods of rugby and score several tries. Sofia Imperato scored one try and Jean Vigroux two, while Woods Johnson was tops in tackling. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and Pelham fell 8 tries to 4. The team is improving every week and takes on Ridgewood, New Jersey, at Spring Street at 4:30 p.m. on June 3.

Playing for Pelham: Sofia Imperato, Jack Weyndling, Adam Razick, Alejandro Kahaner, James Bristow, Woods Johnson, Tamio Shibaski, Cameron Ward, Quinn Jenkins, Jack Fronce, Duffy Doyle and Jean Vigroux.