Bearden rugby won its first ever state championship on Saturday, defeating Oakland in the 15s Bowl Division championship game in Murfreesboro, 31-22.
Bearden beat Siegel in the semifinals to advance to the championship.
Before beating Siegel, the Bulldogs lost to South Doyle in the conference championship, which meant Bearden was placed in the Bowl Division (the second highest division). South Doyle played for the Cup Division championship.
“Finally winning the state championship was awesome,” senior Tommy Lane said. “It felt like everything we had done had all built up to that.”
Along with the state championship will come an increased awareness of Bearden rugby.
Lane said that schools like South Doyle, one of the best teams in the nation, recruit players and have players go to South Doyle just because of how successful their rugby team is.
“Now, people are going to see us as more of a force to be reckoned with,” Lane said. “People are going to want to come here to play rugby.”
Added fellow senior Jong Park: “Winning a state championship has brought more attention to the sport here at Bearden. It will also give the underclassmen more confidence going forward as well.”