Previously unbeaten Denver suffered their first loss of the season after going down at home against Ohio, while San Francisco secure their second consecutive win after they beat San Diego in the USA PRO League.
San Diego will have next week off to lick their wounds while Ohio host San Francisco and Denver will face basement dwelling Sacramento, who had the week off.
Denver 27-48 Ohio
Ciber Field, Denver
Denver's unbeaten run came to an end when Ohio thoroughly outclassed them to secure a deserved 48-27 victory in the USA PRO League at Ciber field on Sunday.
The home side were the only unbeaten team heading into this fixture and their pack, who has become known for dismantling opponents in set pieces and at the breakdown, has been an integral part of their success thus far. But they came up short against their spirited opponents in this clash.
Ohio outscored Denver six tries to three with their brilliant first half performance laying a solid foundation.
Three first half tries for the visitors from Filippo Ferrarini, Spike Davis and Jamie Mackintosh along with captain Shaun Davies' two penalties and three conversions gave Ohio a 27-6 half-time lead with Ohio's only points coming via two Will Magie penalties.
Davies eventually converted all his side's tries to take his personal tally to 18 points.
Denver were made hard to work for their first try which inside centre Martin Knoetze scored, Magie converted to give the home side a bit of hope but it was the visitors who controlled proceedings and Denver only added their two tries late in the match via Zach Fenoglio and ex Springbok loose forward Pedrie Wannenburg.
The game was well out of the home side's reach by the 60th minute as tries from Alex Elkins, Dominic Waldouck and Ahmad Harajly sealed an emphatic 48-27 win for Ohio.
Tries: Knoetze, Fenoglio, Wannenburg
Cons: Magie 3
Pens: Magie 2
Tries: Ferrarini, Davis, Mackintosh, Elkins, Waldouck, Harajly
Cons: Davies 6
Pens: Davies 2
Yellow card: Mackintosh
Denver: 15 Maximo de Achaval, 14 Mike Garrity, 13 Martin Knoetze, 12 Ata Malifa, 11 Timana Tahu, 10 Will Magie, 9 Mose Timoteo, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg (c), 7 Peter Dahl, 6 Logan Collins, 5 Casey Rock, 4 Christian Wiessing, 3 Soane Leger, 2 Zach Fenoglio, 1 Nick Wallace
Replacements: 16 Hanco Germishuys, 17 Luke White, 18 Jake Turnbull, 19 Brodie Orth, 20 Lynton Mare, 21 Bobby Impson, 22 Dustin Croy, 23 Michael Al-Jiboori
Ohio: 15 Zac Mizell, 14 Spike Davis, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Roland Suniula, 11 Alex Elkins, 10 Taylor Howden, 9 Shaun Davies (c), 8 Riekert Hattingh, 7 Sebastián Kalm, 6 Filippo Ferrarini, 5 Ryan McTiernan, 4 Pierce Dargan, 3 Demecus Beach, 2 Dylan Fawsitt, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Peter Malcolm, 17 Derrek van Klein, 18 Dominic Pezzutti, 19 Chad Joseph, 20 Allan Hanson, 21 Robbie Shaw, 22 Chris Kunkel, 23 Ahmad Harajly
Referee: Leah Berard
Assistants: Derek Summers & Scott Green
San Diego 19-24 San Francisco
Torero Stadium, San Diego
San Francisco got the better of San Diego when they narrowly edged the home side 24-19 in their clash at Torero Stadium on Saturday.
The visitors outscored their hosts three tries to two with Volney Rouse adding three conversions and a penalty which took his personal account to nine points.
Tries for San Francisco were scored by Jérémy Lenaerts, Michael Haley and David Tameilau while Ben Leatigaga and Pono Haitsuka crossed the whitewash for Denver.
It was however Tameilau's try that was the difference in the end which secured San Francisco their second victory in as many outings.
The first half performance from the visitors gave them sufficient momentum going into the final minutes of the match. Two converted tries along with a penalty conversion from captain Rouse saw San Francisco enjoy a comfortable 17-9 lead at the break.
Sevens player Leatigaga's try in the 50th minute reduced the visitors' lead to a slender three points and gave San Diego a bit of hope as the final quarter approached.
San Francisco's third try by Tameilau handed the visitors a 10-point advantage heading into the final ten minutes of the match.
Three minutes from the final whistle, Haitsuka dotted down for Denver which reduced San Diego's lead to five points but the latter were very clinical on defence and contained a spirited fightback from the home side, to secure a memorable 24-19 triumph.
For San Diego:
Tries: Leatigaga, Haitsuka
Pens: Morath 3
Yellow card: Tu’ihalamaka
For San Francisco:
Tries: Lenaerts, Haley, Tameilau
Cons: Rouse 3
San Diego: 15 Zach Pangelinan 14 Pono Haitsuka, 13 Ryan Matyas, 12 Phil Mackenzie (c), 11 Ben Leatigaga, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Charlie Purdon, 8 Sione Tu’ihalamaka, 7 Cecil Garber, 6 Chris Turori, 5 Tai Tuisamoa, 4 David Dolinar, 3 Epeli Kalemani, 2 Mike Sosene-Feagai, 1 Mason Pedersen
Replacements: 16 Kakalea Pule, 17 Brice Schilling, 18 Ian Carpenter, 19 Nikola Bursic, 20 Bruce Thomas, 21 Derrick Broussard, 22 Kalei Konrad, 23 Tim Stanfill
San Francisco: 15 Martini Talapusi 14 Michael Haley, 13 Mils Muliaina, 12 Orene Ai’i, 11 Jake Anderson, 10 Volney Rouse (c), 9 Michael Reid, 8 Bill Fukofuka, 7 Isaac Helu, 6 Sam Finau, 5 Jérémy Lenaerts, 4 Brendan Daly, 3 Fancy Namulau’ulu, 2 Patrick Latu, 1 Codi Jones
Replacements: 16 Jacob Finau, 17 Niko Lolohea, 18 Saimone Laulaupea’alu, 19 David Tameilau, 20 Siupeli Sakalia, 21 Devereaux Ferris, 22 Junior Helu, 23 Jack O’Hara
Referee: Nick Ricono
Assistants: Leah Berard & Derek Summers