Ball carrier Jeff Han of the Fulton Maroons looks to deke around Simon Steinebel of the Vernon Panthers in North Zone junior boys high school rugby action Thursday at Fulton.

Ball carrier Jeff Han of the Fulton Maroons looks to deke around Simon Steinebel of the Vernon Panthers in North Zone junior boys high school rugby action Thursday at Fulton.

Maroons claw past Cats

The Fulton Maroons’ strong first half was a little better than the Vernon Panthers’ strong second half.

The Fulton Maroons’ strong first half was a little better than the Vernon Panthers’ strong second half.

The victorious Maroons built up a 34-5 lead before the Panthers responded with a dominant final 15 minutes, resulting in a 34-19 North Zone Junior Boys high school rugby victory for the Maroons over their cross-town rivals Thursday at Fulton.

“We got a little selfish in the second half, we became individual and, as a result, our game suffered,” said Fulton head coach Mike Scheller.

“VSS has some very good athletes and they took over the 15 minutes of the game. VSS got stronger as the game went on and once they become more experienced, they will have a good squad.”

Hunter Krieger had two tries for the Maroons while Caden Doyle, Issiah Foureyes and Christian Harpe added one each.

Jeff Han was 1-for-3 on conversions and 1-for-1 on penalty kicks for the winners while Kyle Karens was perfect on two conversion attempts.

“We had a great first half, played very unselfish rugby and that resulted in team success,” said Scheller. “Our forwards did a fantastic job in the first half through solid team play. Our tackling was also good and our backs did a great job of moving the ball.”

Scheller singled out hooker Ryan Rumsey, prop Rayne Goodwater and wing Ethan Eisenhauer for having stellar games.