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OMBAC claimed sole possession of first place in Southern California Saturday with a 27-17 home win over Belmont Shore. The San Diego club never trailed in the match, and besides at 0-0 and a lull midway through the first half during which Belmont drew even, led the whole way.  

OMBAC got off to a great start, jumping out to a 12-0 lead, but over-aggression with ball in hand allowed Belmont to level the score at 12-12 before halftime.

“I think that field position, on a wet, windy day, was more important than trying elaborate plays,” said OMBAC coach Mike Penistone. “I think we got to 12-nil and we probably were a little bit overconfident. I really felt that field position would have been better, so rather than playing on our own 22, play field position for a bit longer.”

OMBAC owned the second stanza, scoring 15-consecutive points before conceding a late unconverted try to Belmont in the match’s waning minutes. Good for OMBAC on the day were lock Guy Johnson and fullback Sam Gonzalez, but the star of the show was flyhalf Zach Pangelinan, who accounted for 17 points.

“He had a very organized game for about 75-percent of it,” said Penistone of Pangelinan. “I think he read it right, called it right, kicked intelligently, scored a good intercept try when we needed it, so I think probably he would be the man of the match today.”

The win moves OMBAC to 5-0 and Belmont to 4-1 midway through SoCal play. Up next for Belmont is a home match against the defending national champion Las Vegas Blackjacks, while OMBAC travels to Santa Monica.

Injured in the match was OMBAC captain and hooker Joe Welsh with a suspected broken leg.

OMBAC scoring
Tries: Johnson, Donahue, Pangelinan
Cons: Pangelinan (3)
Pens: Pangelinan (2)