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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

California DI Recap: Play Gets Underway


DI club play got underway in California over the weekend. Several teams were getting ready for the increased action later in the month while others were looking to make opening statements.

Pacific South

Like the other divisions this week the Pacific South opened up play. It was a set of wins over Belmont Shore, Downtown, and OMBAC. Belmont Shore and OMBAC were getting ready for their PRP season and had several players, including Joe Taufetee, get run outs against Pasadena. Max Paronelli put Belmont Shore up first before Pasadena came back thanks to Lyndon Liti. Belmont Shore then went on a run with Alex Fletcher, Paronelli, and Taufetee all scoring to increase the lead to 26-7. Russell Pitts would get a penalty back for Pasadena but more efforts from Paronelli (two more times), Andy Jackson, Mafi Seanoa, Yacine Mechekak, Peter Sio, and Peteru Nifo sealed off the match.

Old Aztecs and OMBAC has been a fierce rivalry as of late but OMBAC made it look easy over the weekend with a 40-0 win. The Old Aztecs didn't help themselves with a yellow card but it was the dominance of OMBAC that held. Kalei Konrad, who is tapped for big things this year took over the kicking duties with a number of conversions and penalties. Tim Barford, Zach Pangelinan, Matthew Long (twice), Bryce Baker, and Anthony Kalani had tries.

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The last match of the weekend saw Las Vegas side Downtown beat Los Angeles 33-22. LA went up 7-3 thanks to an effort from Joshua Sowa before Downtown took the lead on a Brandon Rey try. LA temporarily returned to the lead thanks to David Boyd and Sowa sandwiched by two penalties from Downtown. Despite several yellow cards Downtown was able to pull away as LA only managed another penalty. Zakar Stepanian and Benjamin David had tries.

Pacific North

There was only one match in the Pacific North as the league got underway. The Sacramento Lions beat newcomers Sacramento Blackhawks 32-5. Five different players scored for the Lions. 

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