Pacific North Sees Playoff Pushes Go Into Full Swing

Teams that are on the outside looking in of the playoffs, continue to apply pressure to the divisional leaders.

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SFGG won at home, tanking the Santa Monica Dolphins 43-17.  Belmont Shore is really pushing for the top spot as they travelled to and beat Olympic Club 10-44, with O-Club's only try getting dotted down in the final 5 minutes.  Old Mission Beach Athletic (OMBAC) held onto #1 by narrowly beating the hard fighting and never quitting Life West Gladiators 33-39 in a game that could have gone either way, with both teams capitalizing on the other's miscues.  Life West definitely had a chance to hand OMBAC its first loss.        

Northern California Men's DII
Life West's D2 side had far better luck against East Palo Alto; blanking the Razorbacks 28-0 at home.  San Jose showed SFGG D2 how they remain undefeated; heading into the second half with just a 2 point lead at 14-12, the Seahawks' defense tightened up and they glided into a 24-17 win.  Vacaville Old Dogs were victorious against a spirited Bay Area Baracus, who fought hard all game, putting up a final try and conversion in extra time 27-24.   

Pacific Northwest Men's DII
In another hard fought game, Tacoma Nomads quickly went up 0-12 in the first half against Oregon Sports Union (ORSU), with the home team converting their second try on the final play to make it 14-12.  The second half showed a different game, as ORSU took advantages of Nomad penalties and ran to a 53-29 final score.  The Portland Pigs scored in the first 2 minutes of play against Eastside, but the Tsunamis answered back on the ensuing kickoff and never let off the gas, flowing to a 25-50 final score.  In losing to Valley Kangaroos 24-12, Snake River also relieved its pressure on #1 Eastside.  Snake River never could get a hold on the game, and only scored its second try in the final few minutes of play, all points scored by Eric Zwiefelhofer.   

Northern California Women's DII
Although losing to 2nd ranked San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) 10-5, Sacramento Amazons remain at the top of the group.

Pacific Northwest Women's DII
Tacoma Sirens bounced back from last week with an outstanding performance at Chuckanut Bay, leading the Geoducks to a 12-92 defeat, just a couple conversions away from the ton.  Another road win this weekend belonged to Emerald City Mudhens, pecking away at Boise Nemesis 54-3.  This was a needed win, as the Mudhens must continue to apply pressure to Bend Lady Roughriders, who remain in first place via a forfeit by Budd Bay Bandits.