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ASU Highlight Growth, Playing Three Games In Single Day

Aside from the A-Side taking care of business against Claremont, February 3rd. ASU’s B and C sides were also in action against Phoenix Storm and GCU B respectively. The games provided valuable experience for players outside the A side 23. 

The first game of the day was the C side, they took on Phoenix Storm at the Dorsey intramural fields before the A-side game.

In the front-row Dylan, Ferencz made his first appearance of the season at loosehead, TJ Hernandez played hooker and Rasa Yaghmaie packed in at tighthead. Drake Zinn and Bronson Smith were paired in the engine room. The loose forward trio saw Aaron Hazarika and Cole Macias on the flanks, and Gracen Frucini played 8. 

In the backline, Matt Loeffler partnered Jimi Letchford at 10 and 9 respectively. In the centers, Sam Trama played 12 and Jose Avila played 13. The back three saw Alex Whitrock make his first start on the left wing, Louis Quiroz on the right wing and Dalton Ferguson at fullback. 

ASU scored from the very first scrum of the game, Loeffler drifted across the field drawing the opposing 12 center before passing to Trama. Quick hands from Trama drew the 13 and freed Avila, who drew the fullback before passing to Ferguson who scored under the posts and converted the try. 

The Storm hit back with a try of their own a few minutes later, catching ASU sleeping with a quick tap from a penalty. The game then settled into a back-and-forth struggle, the game was t helter-skelter, and neither team was able to hold possession for long. ASU was able to make good meters when they had the ball owing to the strength of their forwards. Storm’s No.8 proved difficult to tackle and was their only real option for making reliable meters. 

ASU’s second try was a long-range effort that started from a scrum just outside their own 22. Loeffler got the ball from the scrum and drifted from the center of the pitch to the tramline virtually unchallenged, before drawing the winger and unleashing Quiroz. Quiroz still had work to do when he made the break down the wing but he beat the fullback with a step to the outside and quick fend before scoring under the sticks. 

The Storm replied with another try from a tap penalty. This time ASU was ready for the penalty but could not stop Storm’s No.8 from burrowing over the line. 

ASU would have the last try of the half. Avila jarred the ball loose in a tackle, Trama scooped up the ball and shoveled it to Quiroz who beat the fullback with the same step and fend as his first try.