Steuber Field – Stanford, Ca.
Stanford ran away with big win in their final home game Saturday, blasting Fresno State 87-5 on a beautiful, hot, sunny day at Steuber Field. Stanford took control in the opening minutes, taking Fresno through multiple phases from the games first lineout before Nico Sanchez offloaded to captain Jeremy Kim streaking on in support to score three minutes in. Oscar Sandoval converted, Stanford was up 7-0 and never looked back. Kim would add another try in the first half, while Alejandro Sanchez would score three in the first period, and Stanford would score seven tries in total by the 31 minute mark for a 41-0 lead. The final ten minutes of the half fell a bit flat for Stanford, and that’s how the half would end with Stanford up 41-0. In the second period, Stanford would reemerge with better purpose and precision than they finished the first. Stanford added eight tries in the second half, and in total ten Stanford players would cross the line, with Chris Fernandes, Jeremy Kim, and Patrick Crowley each scoring a brace. Fresno, who continued to work hard throughout the match despite the scoreline were able to get a reward for their effort, crossing the Stanford line on the final play of the game to avoid the shutout. Overall, Stanford put in a strong performance to finish the quarter, with long periods or purposeful and precise play leading to the creation of ample scoring opportunities that were finished off well.
In the second side game, Stanford won a hard fought contest 36-29 over a strong team that combined Stanford GSB players and Fresno State reserves. Stanford was down at the half 14-17, but riding strong performances from Dean Patrick, Marvin Omolo, Jamieson O’Marr, Nathan Mix, Sam Falkenhagen, Uche Omegara, Jovi Ripert, and Jonnie Kipyator, admirably leading the Stanford attack for the first time at flyhalf, Stanford came back to earn the tough victory.
Next Up: Stanford (8-4 / 5-2) finish Pacific Western Conference play when they travel to take on Nevada Reno (4-3) on Saturday April 4th at 3pm. UC Davis leads the Conference (34 points) with Chico State in 2nd (31 points). Stanford is currently in 3rd place (26 points), while Reno is in 4th place (23 points). Sacramento State remains in contention (17 points), with two games remaining vs. Fresno State and Chico State. The top four teams advance to the Conference Championships April 11/12 at UC Davis. More Pacific Western Conference information is Here.
Stanford Team vs. Fresno State: 1: Mitch Hokanson (Dahlton Brown, Uche Omegara) 2: Jeremy Kim *Captain 3: Chris Herries 4: Jay Reader 5: Nick Perkins (Jovi Ripert) 6: Austin Carey 7: Patrick Crowley 8: Rory Houghton-Berry 9: Alejandro Sanchez 10: Nico Sanchez (Sam Falkenhagen) 11: Ian McColl 12: Chris Fernandes 13: Wesley Greiner 14: Jack Chabolla (Dean Patrick) 15: Oscar Sandoval
Scoring Summary: 3: Stanford Kim Try (Sandoval Conversion) 5: Stanford Fernandes Try 11: Stanford A. Sanchez Try 16: Stanford Kim Try (Sandoval Conversion) 20: Stanford A. Sanchez Try 29: Stanford A. Sanchez Try 31: Stanford Crowley Try (Sandoval Conversion) (Halftime Stanford 41 – Fresno State 0) 42: Stanford Carey Try (Sandoval Conversion) 49: Stanford McColl Try 52: Stanford N. Sanchez Try 59: Stanford Crowley Try 64: Stanford Fernandes Try 68: Stanford Sandoval Try 74: Stanford Ripert Try 77: Stanford Reader Try (Falkenhagen Conversion) 80: Fresno State Try (Full-time Stanford 87 – Fresno State 5)