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Vols go 4-0 at Nash Bash

By MTB, 03/26/18, 9:45AM EDT

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34 players hit the fields in Nashville

Tennessee used 34 players to produce a 4-0 record in the 2018 Nash Bash.  

Tennessee 44, Ball State 15
Tennessee 24, Marquette 0
Tennessee v Michigan State (fft)
Tennessee 12, Ohio State 5

Saturday
Vols opened with 8 freshmen in the line up that produced a solid victory over Ball State 44-15. In the afternoon contest, Tennessee squared off with a very committed and stubborn Marquette. Tennessee was able to put a couple across in each half for the well earned 24-0 victory.  After giving up some long range tries on the outside in Game 1, the Vol defense was much improved in Game 2.

Sunday
Heavy rains overnight produced very poor field conditions for Day 2.  Michigan State sustained some injuries on Day 1 and opted to head home rather than roll around in the mud with a depleted roster.   So, Tennessee took the forfeit and awaited Ohio State. Tennessee put two across the line in the first half and held on for the 12-5 victory in a game that featured a lot of young players for each team. Notably, the second UT try was a pushover scrum featuring 7 freshmen and a sophomore. In addition to the youth movement, several upperclassmen were given the opportunity to fulfill their dream of starring in the backline as the Vols opened the game with senior prop Keenan Kayser at flyhalf, prop Zach McAfee at inside center and Lock Nesto Rivas at outside center. 

Postscript

  • The forfeit from Michigan State was unfortunate as it cost some of our players some much deserved playing time. 
  • UT Old Boys Lee Bogitsh and Chris Agnew got to put on the orange one more time as they got some minutes on Saturday.
  • Very impressive crowd of families, friends, supporters, Old Boys and future Vols on hand both days to cheer on the boys. 
  • Huge thanks to the Buechler's for opening their home to the boys on Saturday night for a team cookout.
  • And finally, thanks to UT Old Boy Chris Gower and the Nashville Men's and Women's Rugby Clubs for hosting another great Nash Bash. See you next year.  

Players

1. Moseley / Kayser
2. Couch / Kako
3. Horak / McAfee
4. Janowick / Walker
5. Rivas 
6. Walter / Shaw / Heard
7. Craven / Walter
8. Eicher / Wallace 
9. Dorflinger-Slee / Vickers / Vaughn
10. Hawkins / Leatherwood
11. Watson / Ambrose / Felix
12. Griffin / Lane / Williams
13. Beacom / Schwartz
14. Dukes / Cook / McMillian 
15. Davis / Neal