Metropolis are still kings of the Midwest, and in fact can sit a little easier on their throne after the Minneapolis club dispatched a very strong Palmer side 36-14 to remain undefeated and in first place.
In addition, the result means now other teams has fewer than two losses. Metropolis, now 6-0, is eight points clear of their closest challengers, Columbus, who defeated the Chicago Griffins 41-20 in Chicago despite missing several key starters.
Metropolis was missing Graham Harriman, who is off with the USA Selects team. As a result, young Nick Barrett took over the lineout calls and the job of primary jumper, and did superbly. The young lock's performance was a big part of a Metropolis forward effort that solidified the lineout, and won a couple of scrums against the head.
At prop, Patrick Latu was again outstanding, putting his meaty hand in the air for higher honors. Latu delighted the crowd with a long-range interception try (see photo).
"Palmer came out firing," said Metropolis Head Coach Nate Osborne. "They knew what was at stake and how big a game this was. But he held on and played really well in the first half. For some reason, we fall off a bit in the second half, but overall it was a good performance."
Metropolis scored four tries in the opening 40 to lead 24-7, and held on 36-14.
All of this means that Metropolis is in comment of the Midwest. They lead the league by eight points, and with a victory next weekend against the Chicago Griffins, can start the first half of the season 7-0.
"We feel really happy with where we are right now," said Osborne.