Four teams are left in the Competitive Region 1 bracket of the DI club competition, as Belmont Shore, OMBAC, Santa Monica and the East Palo Alto Bulldogs all won Saturday.
Santa Monica was the only road team to win a game, defeating Utah 36-24 in Park City, Utah. The EPA Bulldogs held off a concerted Las Vegas effort 35-24.
Meanwhile, Olympic Club, another team with the ability to pull off a road upset, did not, losing 37-25 to Olympic Club.
OMBAC scored early and never trailed, but never felt comfortable, either.
“I never felt at any time that we had enough of a cushion,” said OMBAC captain and loose forward Joe Fontana. “Olympic Club are a great team and if you make a mistake they will score on you. What we did was we played a really good team game, and while I don’t know if we’re peaking, I do think we’ve kind of got it now.”
Olympic Club Head Coach Ray Lehner said his team got into way too much penalty trouble.
“Overall we had a bad first half,” Lehner said. “We weren’t very crisp and we were sloppy in our execution.”
The big event there was the loss of a scrum near the O-Club goal line that resulted in an OMBAC try and kept the momentum with the San Diego team.
Lehner praised Fontana and flyhalf Zach Pangelinan for their solid play for OMBAC.
Meanwhile, Belmont Shore, also playing at home, dismissed the Sacramento Lions 45-12.
“I know the scoreline favors us but I think it flatters us a bit,” said Belmont Shore Head Coach Ray Egan. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have the win and to move on. But we could have been better. Sacramento were a very good side, very physical, and we made it hard on ourselves.”
The home team had penalty trouble in this game, with continued penalties making for four yellow cards for Shore.
“Because of that we had long periods where we didn’t have the ball, so I’d say we won the game on our defense,” said Egan. “Our one-up tackles against a big team like that were good. But we gave away far too many penalties.”