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Thursday, March 24, 2016

DI Recap: Playoff Races Heating Cup


The races in the Pacific North, Pacific South, and Red River took another turn last weekend while the Mid-Atlantic saw teams continue to jockey for a playoff spot. Also, the Midwest restarts in one week.

Pacific North

With only two match weekends left the top spots in Northern California are settled. The Life West Gladiators won their eight straight match of the season and sit a top the South division. They beat Santa Rosa 64-27 on Saturday. Junior Helu and Calvin Nell led the way for the Gladiators. The loss was the first of the season for Santa Rosa who are first in the North division.

In other matches, the Sacramento Lions ran out to a big 52-10 win over Fresno while the EPA Razorbacks beat SFGG 34-13 and the Sacramento Blackhawks beat the San Jose Seahawks 36-30.

Up in the Pacific Northwest ORSU kept their narrow lead over Eastside Tsunami with a 38-17 win over the Valley Kangaroos. The Tsumani beat the Eastside Axemen 59-11. The Tsunami have a match in hand over ORSU. Additionally, Snake River beat Chuckanut 88-7.

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Pacific South

There were three matches in the Pacific South over the weekend. The leaders Old Aztecs kept their place at the top of the table by beating Los Angeles 29-18. OMBAC are still right on their heels with still a month left to play. They beat rivals Belmont Shore 32-28. Lastly, Downtown beat Santa Monica 31-30.

Red River

It was status quo in the Red River with the Austin Blacks and Dallas Reds winning once again by big margins. The Blacks were coming off their win in the Gold Cup and they rolled past the Dallas Harlequins 59-24. The win moves them to a perfect 8-0 on the season. The Reds are right behind them at 7-1. They beat HARC 62-15. All eyes are waiting for their match-up at the end of April. The Griffins firmed up their third place spot with a 36-22 win over NOLA.

Mid-Atlantic

In the Mid-Atlantic Rocky Gorge opened up an eight point lead over Schuylkill River by beating the Exiles 68-0. Rocky Gorge have an impressive point differential of +328 on the year only giving up 48 points. The move put them one step closer to locking up the top seed in the playoffs. The team to benefit from the loss to Schuylkill River was Norfolk who are now only one point out of second. The Blues beat the Raleigh Vipers 62-15. The Potomac Exiles beat NOVA 19-15 to move closer to the fourth and final playoff spot currently occupied by Baltimore-Chesapeake. 

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