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The DI final May 31 in Madison, Wisc. will feature Life and New Orleans
after both clubs won their semifinals Sunay. In each game, one half was
more competitive than the other, with New Orleans winning 34-29 and Life
In Irving, Texas, New Orleans had to protect a big lead in the second half as the Dallas Reds charged back. In Pittsburgh, Pa., Life trailed Metropolis by a couple of tries early on and had to work to get back in the game. The Running Eagles then ran away with it in the second half.
Life got the scoring going three minutes into its game with an Aza McMaster try after AJ MacGinty kicked through the defense. It was unconverted, putting Life up 3-0.
Five minutes later, Metropolis began its a 19-point run. Player-coach Nate Osborne scored the first try, an attacking lineout-turned-maul was responsible for the second, and then Osborne added his second try. Two conversions made, Metropolis took a surprising 19-7 lead over Life.
The Running Eagles stopped the bleeding before the half with a Cornelius Dirksen try and a conversion, pulling within seven at 19-12 with three minutes to play. MacGinty tacked on a penalty kick before halftime, making it 19-15 going into intermission.
The second half was literally all Life, as Metropolis didn't manage a single score in the final 40 minutes.
Wing Lance Cavanaugh was brought on at the half, and his first touch resulted in a try to give the Running Eagles the lead. After the conversion, Life was up 22-19. Dirksen got his second try next, and a mauled in try off a lineout pushed Life's lead to 36-19 with just a quarter of the game to play.
Center Jack Tracy played well on the day, gashing Metropolis' midfield to set up his teammates. One such run resulted directly in a MacGinty try to put Life up 43-19.
The Running Eagles ran in two more before the final whistle, the second one being dotted down by scrumhalf Shaun Davies, to secure the well-earned win.
In Pittsburgh, New Orleans took a commanding lead, but Dallas stormed back and threatened at the end. NOLA led 24-10 at halftime and 34-10 at one point in the second half, and the Reds pulled within five before running out of time.
Life and New Orleans have not played this season, but when they met last spring, the Running Eagles were 48-7 winners.