Samurai PRP Player Of The Week: Adam Channel, Belmont Shore

Adam Channel Scores Five For Belmont Shore

In 2018, Belmont Shore was crowned PRP champion, but after a long playoff run they were left heartbroken in the national championship final.

This season they’re back and better. 

Following a five-try outing from Belmont Shore’s wing Adam Channel, the team is 5-1 and again atop the PRP table. That makes Channel our Samurai Pacific Rugby Premiership Player Of The Week.

Belmont Shore now boasts the league’s top two try scorers in Channel (6) and his fullback Viliami Pila Iongi (5).

“I’ve never scored five tries in a game before, and actually I’ve never heard of anyone scoring five in a game; unless it was youth or something,” laughed Channel.

Channel did his damage on the left wing against San Francisco Golden Gate in the first blowout of the 2019 PRP season. “It’s awesome [being the PRP top try scorer], but all I had to do was finish my teammate’s hard work.”

He doesn’t see his performance as an individual achievement. Channel credits teammate Adriano Ojeda and others for his success. “We don’t just have one guy that puts the team on their back, anybody on our team can do something dangerous at any time.”

The PRP is the Premier D1 Men’s competition in the United States and the league matrix calls for weeks of pre-season matches and grueling preparation. 

“It means a lot for us to win PRP championships, because of the work we put in and the reputation the PRP has in this country.”

To make it through a PRP season is an achievement in itself.

“With training, preseason, and matches, our PRP season is 34 weeks,” says Channel with an exhale. “We have to stay in it and we do that with our recovery and the best trainer we could ever ask for.”

Channel’s key to recovery is visiting the chiropractor at least twice a week, but he’s preparing for more than just the PRP.

“100% our goal is to win the National Championship,” says Channel firmly. “I grew up playing for Belmont Shore, so to bring a national championship home for our brothers, coaches, and family would mean a lot.”

OMBAC Is Back

OMBAC stands in their way, again.

Belmont’s only loss this season came in week one to OMBAC, 33-19.

“That first game of the season against OMBAC we came out flat footed, and they beat us to the breakdown,” Channel says. “They wanted it more.”

Channel and Belmont take pride in their adjustments, gameplan, and film analysis.

“Preparing our gameplan is very similar to American Football, it’s a lot of film breakdown,” said Channel. “Our coach will ask us to watch the opposition film each week and then ask us where the opposition likes to attack, which  players they key on, what they do well and where are they weak.”

Channel expects his side to be quicker to the breakdown to counter OMBAC’s two-man counter-ruck. 

The PRP is a grueling season, and for Belmont Shore there are greater horizons beyond the PRP. Only time will tell if film breakdown, recovery, and five-try performances like Adam Channel’s will be enough to bring home the National Championship for Belmont Shore.

Jesuit Wins Nailbiter Single-School Championship

Kelecki Latu Helps Save A Title

The Jesuit of Sacramento Marauders won their ninth High School National Championship in dramatic fashion as they edged Herriman Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Back Bay Rules In HS Club Championships

null

Back Bay put in an impressive performance in defeating Royal Irish to win the 2019 HS Club championship.

All Deadlocked In Single-School

We won’t know the match for the single-school HS National Championships because lightning has delayed one of the semifinals, but we do know the other finalist.

Brilliant Back Bay, Gutsy Royal Irish In HS Club

Brutally clinical play saw Back Bay and Royal Irish through to the Boys HS Rugby National Championships club final.

HS Single-School SF Halted By Lightning

Play has been suspended at the Boys HS Rugby National Championships due to lightning.

HS Nationals Schedule Changes

A wet field caused Regional Athletic Center officers in Salt Lake City to halt Field 2 action at the Boys HS Rugby National Championships.

Day Two Boys HS Nationals LIVE

Charlotte Tigers Open Nationals With A Win

It's Day Two if the Boys HS Rugby National Championships.

A Dramatic Day One At HS Nationals

Day One of the 2019 Boys HS Rugby National Championships had just about everything, but especially dramatic finishes and tight games.

Throwback Thursday: Japan's World Cup Moment

null

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloRugby!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

This moment for the Cherry Blossoms ignited World Rugby's selection for Japan to host the 2020 World Cup. We're now just a few months away! Can Japan knock off another World Cup giant in Pool A? Which underdog country will have its moment in 2019?

Doylestown Dragons Breathing Fire

One of the hottest teams heading into this weekend’s national club quarterfinals, the Doylestown Dragons shouldn’t fly under anyone’s radar in Spartanburg, SC for their last eight showdown with Buffalo.