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The Nofolk Blues are in 1st place in the Mid-Atlantic DI Club Conference after beating Maryland 38-33, and after PAC lost on the road to Schuylkill River.

Baltimore-Chesapeake also won, putting those three teams at 44, 44, and 43 standings points, respectively. Norfolk has two extra games to play and are in prime position to win the league.

Led by a big game from No. 8 Fred Wintermantel and scrumhalf Dutch Jones, and with flanker Cecil Garber also playing well, Norfolk held on in a tough road game.

"Winning on the road is the key in this league because it's really hard," said Norfolk Head Coach Chris Porter. "We work on our depth because we have guys who have to work or have family issues or are in the military. That's just a fact of playing, so we work on being able to fill in for those guys. We've done well. We've only lost two road games all season, so we were happy to come away with a win and a bonus point."

Baltimore struggled a bit with winless NOVA, also on the road.

"They punched us in the face early on and they didn't acquiesce," said Baltimore-Chesapeake Head Coach Steve Elliott. "We just needed some time to adjust to that and play as a team, which we did."

Meanwhile PAC didn't travel well. They were light and the Schuylkill River forwards set the platform all day and controlled the match.

So with the Pittsburgh v Raleigh result not in yet, the standings look like this:

Mid-Atlantic W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Norfolk Blues 9 2 0 376 206 170 7 1 44
Baltimore-Chesapeake 9 4 0 330 240 90 7 1 44
PAC 9 4 0 305 255 50 6 1 43
Schuylkill River 7 5 0 329 256 73 7 1 36
Pittsburgh Harlequins 6 5 0 226 205 21 4 1 29
Maryland Exiles 4 7 0 273 339 -66 6 3 25
Raleigh Vipers 4 8 0 304 288 16 5 3 24
NOVA 0 13 0 206 510 -304 0 1 1