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Led by an inspirational performance by their captain, the Denver Barbarians defeated the Provo Steelers 54-17 to take the #1 seed in the West-North Saturday at Glendale, Colo.'s Infinity Park.

"We knew they were a really physical team," said Denver Head Coach Mike Mangan. "And to deal with that we wanted to play a wide game. We wanted to use our speed and spin it wide, and the guys did that."

Max de Achaval kicked well from hand, another avenue to making the big Provo forwards run, and Collins was, said Mangan, "amazing."

With Phil White continuing his torrid scoring form, the Barbarians torched a quickly flagging Steelers side.

"The big thing about this game is we don't have to play Sunday," said Mangan. "We have the top seed, we host a playoff game, and we get to go home and focus on that. It's unfortunate we didn't make the Elite Cup playoffs, but we're moving forward and focusing on winning a DI championship. It was great to see the guys respond the way they did."