The big rivalry game didn't disappoint as the Chicago Lions and Chicago Griffins battled to a thrilling tie in the Windy City Saturday.
The Griffins ran out to an early 17-0 lead, but the Lions came back and tied the game at 17-17.
The Griffins scored to lead 24-17, but the Lions scored through Brian Rooney's second touchdown of the game to lock it back up 24-24.
"I think the boys just calmed down and settled into the pattern," said Lions scrumhalf Dave Selimos. "They never quit."
Meanwhile, also in the Midwest, Metropolis were pushed hard by Milwaukee in wet conditions. The Minneapolis club needed a late score to edge the Barbarians 19-16.
Metropolis is still emerging as a solid national contender, and have received a boost with former Chicago Griffins and current USA lock Graham Harriman, who returned to his home state of Minnesota.
"Graham provides an example of how an elite player carries himself," said Head Coach Nate Osborne. "I think we have a bunch of players who have the potential to challenge for places at the elite level."
Scrumhalf Ryne Bowden, who is from Australia but is USA eligible, has been showing well, as has imposing wing L:emoto Filikitonga, and former SFGG front-rower Patrick Latu.
Columbus claimed a win over Cincinnati 25-13.
It was a solid, if uninspiring performance from Columbus, which is looking to really challenge for a playoff spot. Last week newcomer Perry Baker (late of Daytona Beach) motored in for three tries, and overall their backs, bolstered by a solid 7s season, have been strong.
"When you have talents like Perry, it's also a case of knowing how to use him," said threequarter Paul Holmes, who is also the team's 7s coach. "We have some talented young players."
Mike Ziegler, 19-year-old Jordan Gunderson, and former Belmont Shore player Pasefika Iosia have all played well, and Zack Stryffeler has taken over the flyhalf job and done it well.
As a result of these games, Columbus and Metropolis lead the Midwest DI with 2-0 records, while the Griffins and the Lions are right behind at 1-0-1.