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(Note - Dallas's game with Fort Worth was already played, but wasn't reflected in the official standings, so we've re-written this piece.)
A late penalty kick by the Austin Blacks against the Dallas Reds may well have secured 1st place in the Red River DI Club Conference for New Orleans.
The Reds had two games to play this weekend, including a makeup of a rained out game on Sunday. In the first game, Dallas, which went into the weekend 11-1-1, took on HARC, the only team other than Dallas to come close to beating New Orleans.
But HARC wasn't on form on Saturday and the Reds thrashed them 93-0. That set up Sunday's game against 9-3-1 Austin. The Blacks ran out to a lead of 18-3. But two tries and a penalty gave Dallas the lead 20-18.
But a late penalty kick from Diego Sotelo put Austin ahead to stay.
Had Dallas won, the Reds would have been tied with New Orleans with one left for each team.
But the loss left them three points adrift (they got a bonus point for a close loss).
That means that New Orleans does not need to beat HARC to secure 1st place. They only need to get two bonus points or get a tie.
Dallas will need to beat the Griffins, get the bonus point, and hope New Orleans loses.