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Thursday, May 5, 2016

DI Recap & Playoff Outlook



Red River

Arguably the biggest match in DI over the weekend was in Texas were the Dallas Reds beat the Austin Blacks 16-15 in a classic match between two rivals. With the win the Reds have leapfrogged Austin in the standings for first place. The two teams will square off again in Tucson on May 21st in the quarterfinals.

Hamish Roberts got things started for the Blacks with a penalty but that was quickly matched by one from Blake Boulton. Bryan Laserich then scored a try for the Reds to give them a 10-3 lead. Levi Kereti scored Austin's first try but without the conversion, and another penalty by Boulton, they trailed 13-8 at halftime.

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In the second half Austin took the lead thanks to a converted Antonio Winn try. However, another Boulton penalty would put Austin one point in front. Even with thirty minutes left to play in the match neither team could find another score.

In the other match in the region New Orleans beat HARC 32-15.

Pacific South

The Old Aztecs did what they needed to on their march in the Pacific South as they beat Los Angeles 74-5. They already clinched the top spot awhile but for Los Angeles the loss means that they won't be making the playoffs. The final playoff spot goes to OMBAC who play their final match of the season next week against Belmont Shore. The Old Aztecs close out the season against Santa Monica, who forfeited against Downtown last weekend.

Pacific North

The Pacific North had the weekend off ahead of this week's final between ORSU and Life West. The winners of the Pacific South will play the winner of the Pacific North in the quarterfinals. The winner of that match will play either Austin or Dallas in the semi-finals the next day.

Midwest

After breezing through the Midwest regular season the Chicago Lions were the heavy favorites to advance in the Midwest playoffs. Their only blemish was a loss on the last week of the season to the Chicago Griffins. It turns out that loss would be an omen of things to come as the Griffins upset the Lions 19-8 to advance in the playoffs. The Griffins scored an early try through Josh Allan and then four penalties from Pete Smith  would give them the win.

Joining the Griffins in the Midwest final is Metropolis. They beat the Kansas City Blues 29-22. Sean Kelly (twice), Ratu Baleirara, Joel Yogerst, and Ekapatelisio Veamatahau all had tries. The Griffins and Metropolis play this weekend.

Atlantic North

Whoever wins out of the Griffins and Metropolis will play Mystic River, the number two team from the Atlantic North. Mystic River were guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals heading into the weekend but it was up to them to see if they could beat NYAC for the top spot. Unfortunately the couldn't in a 46-24 loss. Old Blue are the number one seed and will play the winner from the Mid-Atlantic.

Mid-Atlantic 

The Mid-Atlantic wrapped up regular season play last weekend. The only things up in the air in terms of the playoffs was whether Baltimore-Chesapeake or Pittsburgh would grab the final playoff spot. That was put to rest when Baltimore-Chesapeake beat the Potomac Exile 35-25. Pittsburgh did their part with a 38-14 win over NOVA but it wasn't enough. Rocky Gorge finished their season with a perfect record thanks to a 62-7 win over the Raleigh Vipers. They enter the playoffs as the number one seed and will play Baltimore-Chesapeake. Norfolk are the number two seed and will play Schuylkill River. Those two teams met last weekend with Schuylkill River prevailing 34-29.

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