PLFA I Week 5 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 18 May 2016 | Comments: 0

Gliwice Lions 35, Lublin Tytani 7 (in Lublin)

Adam Nelip caught two first-half touchdown passes to move into a tie for the league lead and help the Gliwice Lions past the Lublin Tytani 35-7 on Saturday in Lublin. The Lions bounced back from a 73-14 drubbing by the Tychy Falcons two weeks ago to improve their record to 3-1, putting them a game behind the Falcons in the race at the top of the PLFA I South Division. The Tytani, on the other hand, are still winless at the halfway point, sitting alone in the South cellar.

Michael Thomas ran for a 31-yard touchdown to open Gliwice's account, and he doubled the Lions lead later in the first quarter with a 13-yard scoring toss to Nelip. The two would hook up again before the half for a 39-yard score that made it 21-0. Lublin, playing the third in a string of four consecutive home games, didn't get on the board until Marcin Grosman's 16-yard rushing touchdown in the final quarter. The Lions and the Tytani will meet again on June 26 to close out the regular season.

Łódzkie Wilki 51, Szczecin Cougars 0 (in Łódź)

Things went from bad to worse for the Szczecin Cougars on a cold and rainy afternoon on Saturday in Łódź, where the offensive woes continued for the visitors in a 51-0 shutout loss to the Wilki. The Cougars have now been outscored 187-0 this season, giving up at least 44 points in each game in the process. The Wilki, on the other hand, won their second straight to even their record at 2-2 and maintain third place in the PLFA I North Division.

The Wilki got seven touchdowns from seven different players in the game, including three that came on the defensive side of the ball. Those return touchdowns came in addition to a first-quarter safety. Rafał Zapart, Borys Bednarek and David Parkinson each recorded his second rushing touchdown of the year, and Parkinson added a 50-yard touchdown pass to Filip Pira in the fourth quarter. Igor Wudarczyk and Mariusz Bętkowski each had a pick-six for the Wilki, and Adam Durma recovered a fumble in the Cougar end zone for the other defensive score.

Wrocław Outlaws 54, Warsaw Dukes 32 (in Wrocław)

In the most anticipated matchup of the weekend, the unbeaten Wrocław Outlaws offense was unstoppable in a 54-32 victory over the previously unbeaten Warsaw Dukes on Sunday in Wrocław. Marcus Sims and Jarosław Stopczyński each scored twice for the Outlaws, who put the game away with 22 unanswered points around the halftime break. Wrocław did not punt once during the entire game, while Avery Neloms threw five touchdown passes in defeat for the Dukes. The 22-point difference for the Outlaws matched their winning margin in the 2015 PLFA II championship game, played between these same two teams.

Jason Livingston caught two first-quarter touchdown passes to give Warsaw a 14-8 lead, but a 55-yard reception by Sims and the ensuing two-point try quickly put Wrocław on top 16-14. The Outlaws would not trail again, although it took a 12-yard Mariusz Górecki touchdown run before the half to give them some cushion heading into the break. Stopczyński tied Keith Ray for the league lead in rushing touchdowns in the third quarter with his eighth, and a short Bartosz Migut touchdown run gave Wrocław an insurmountable lead early in the fourth. The two teams will meet again on June 26, this time in Ząbki, possibly with no less than the PLFA I North Division title on the line.

Tychy Falcons 42, AZS Silesia Rebels 7 (in Tychy)

The AZS Silesia Rebels became the first team to hold the Falcons under 50 points this season on Sunday in Tychy, but it still wasn't nearly enough as the Falcons moved to 4-0 with a 42-7 triumph. The loss dropped the Rebels to 2-2, leaving them alone in third place in the PLFA I South Division. Keith Ray threw four touchdown passes for the Falcons, who scored the game's first 42 points before conceding a consolation touchdown in the final quarter.

Ray rebounded from an interception on the opening possession to lead the Falcons down the field on a first-quarter drive that ended with a 4-yard Mateusz Błazik touchdown run. The quarterback then got his own name on the scoring sheet with passes to Paweł Szepiszczak, Grzegorz Dominik and Patryk Kania that made it 28-0 at halftime. Ray capped off his big day in the second half with a 32-yard touchdown run, his eighth of the season, and a 52-yard touchdown pass to LaParish Lewis.

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau