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Belmont Shore and Santa Monica have almost clinched home playoff berths with bonus-point victories this weekend in Southern California’s DI club league.
Belmont Shore were most impressive in shutting out a good Los Angeles team 44-0, while Santa Monica beat Las Vegas 51-12. Both teams have three games left on their schedule, and if they lose all three, they could conceivably be caught by OMBAC or San Diego Old Aztecs.
OMBAC jumped into 3rd place in the league with a 39-26 defeat of previous 3rd-placers Old Aztecs. Led by captain and flanker Joe Fontana, OMBAC hasn’t clinched anything yet since Los Angeles has three games to play, but an OMBAC win and an LA loss would ensure the San Diegans a place in the playoffs.
In the North, SFGG beat OPSB 36-27 in a game that doubled as an Elite Cup match. This game really had no bearing on the playoffs as SFGG cannot be caught by anyone, and OPSB has already beaten all the teams they need to in order to take the #2 seed.
The Sacramento Lions clinched a road playoff place with their 30-25 victory over Olympic Club. The East Palo Alto Bulldogs, idle this week, sit 4th but could overtake the Lions for 3rd.
So that almost confirms the Competitive Region 1 playoffs.
EPA Bulldogs and Sacramento Lions will play on the road at Belmont Shore or Santa Monica (barring a huge surprise).
And SFGG and OPSB will host OMBAC or San Diego Old Aztecs, with Los Angeles still a possibility.
In Texas, the Austin Blacks were idle (as far as the league goes, they actually traveled to Chicago and beat the Chicago Griffins). So the Dallas Harlequins took the opportunity to inch closer, putting up 100 on HARC and improving to 7-1-1.
The Dallas Reds hit the right note in beating Fort Worth 77-3. After some shaky results the Reds are on a roll and at 6-3, can clinch a playoff spot with one more victory. The Austin Huns won as well, beating The Woodlands and, with HARC’s loss, have the inside track on the final playoff position.
In the West-North, snow canceled the Highlanders v. Glendale game. It snowed in Kansas City, too, but the Denver Barbarians and the Blues got their game off, if you can call it that. The Barbos won 10-0.
Provo leads the league and they have one more game to play, against Boulder. If they win that game, or tie with a bonus point, they clinch 1st place. If Provo loses, then the Barbarians and Glendale could both catch them.
The Barbarians have the Denver Highlanders on their schedule for March 30, and have a postponed game with Boulder to make up. Glendale has to make up their game with the Highlanders, also.
In the South, Life University was supposed to round out their season with a game against the Atlanta Renegades. But the Renegades canceled and it is unclear whether this game will be played. As it is, the Renegades are last in the three-team South and have already lost to New Orleans.
And in the Mid-Atlantic, the final match of the season saw the Norfolk Blues torch the Maryland Exiles 51-17, vaulting them past Baltimore-Chesapeake and the Exiles into 3rd in the MARFU. The Exiles retain a playoff spot, finishing 4th, but B-C is pushed out of the playoff picture.
DI league results this weekend:
Norfolk Blues 51-17 Maryland Exiles
Dallas Harlequins 100-12 HARC
Dallas Reds 77-3 Fort Worth
Austin Huns 48-12 Woodlands
Denver Barbarians 10-0 KC Blues
Glendale v. Denver Highlanders snowed out
Life v Atlanta Renegades - Not Played
Sacramento 30-25 Olympic Club
Belmont Shore 44-0 Los Angeles
OMBAC 39-26 SD Old Aztecs
Santa Monica 51-12 Las Vegas
See all DI club standings here
Here’s where we are in playoffs:
Competitive Region 1
SFGG and OPSB are guaranteed home playoff games. Sacramento Lions and East Palo Alto Bulldogs have secured away playoff games.
Belmont Shore and Santa Monica are likely home playoff teams, but have not clinched mathematically. OMBAC, Old Aztecs and Los Angeles battle for the final two playoff positions, with LA needing the other teams to lose.
Competitive Region 2
Provo is the only team in the West-North to clinch a playoff spot, but it looks like Glendale, Denver Barbarians, and one more team will join them.
In the Texas league, Austin and Dallas Harlequins have clinched a spot and could well clinch a home game soon. Dallas Reds, Austin Huns and HARC are battling for the final two places, with HARC six points adrift.
Competitive Region 3
All three South teams will be in the playoffs, with Life University the only team hosting a game. In the Midwest, Chicago Lions, Metropolis, Chicago Griffins, and Palmer will play off April 6-7 for seeds.
Competitive Region 4
PAC and Schuylkill River will host playoff matches, while Norfolk and Maryland Exiles will be on the road. They will face off with Old Blue, Buffalo, Boston, and Middlesex, but their seedings will be decided April 13-14.