Things got a bit of a turnaround in the Midwest as both Chicago teams suffered losses Saturday in DI club play.
The Chicago Lions went down to Palmer 22-13, while the Chicago Griffins were upset by winless Milwaukee 19-13. Both Chicago teams are 1-1-1 and are up against it as both Metropolis and Columbus recorded bonus-point victories.
Metropolis slammed Cincinnati 61-0 and continue to look very strong. Meanwhile both Columbus and the Kansas City Blues were a little short of all their players, and in the end the home team, Columbus, won 34-20.
What that means is Metropolis and Columbus are, after only three games, a full five points clear of their closest rivals, the Griffins, with the Lions two further points back.
Palmer improves to 1-1.
In the Northeast, the New York Athletic Club did well to defeat the Boston Irish Wolfhounds 61-5, marking perhaps that it will be a long season for the big dogs from Beantown.
Old Blue came back to beat Mystic River 40-28 in a game that looked to have been lost, while Middlesex opened their account with a 31-27 victory over White Plains.
“Certainly not our best game,” said Middlesex backs captain Jon Kokinda, “Credit to White Plains for playing tough all the way through. Our forwards really stepped it up.”
Lock Dave McKenna scored two tries and loose forwards Jared Martinelli and Brian Albenese were outstanding, and Jared Collinson continued his solid form in the backs and scored two tries, also.
White Plains may have dropped to 0-2, but they have garnered three bonus points from those two losses. Old Blue and NYAC are 2-0, with Boston (idle) and Middlesex now 1-0.
In the Mid-Atlantic, Schuylkill River blasted NOVA 53-15 to move to 2-0. The big story is Norfolk beating PAC 29-21 in Virginia. Maryland was supposed to play Pittsburgh, but travel issues forced Pitt to stay home.
Baltimore-Chesapeake did well in beating the Raleigh Vipers 18-0.
“It was a solid team defensive effort,” said Baltimore Head Coach Steve Elliott. “The guys made their tackles and they communicated, especially our outside backs, and that was a key part of it.”
Scrumhalf Colby Buss and flanker John Sharkey each scored a try for Baltimore, and Will Knipscher added a conversion and two penalties.