PLFA I Week 8 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 7 Jun 2016 | Comments: 0

Tychy Falcons 82, Lublin Tytani 0 (in Tychy)

The Tychy Falcons scored early and often on their way to an 82-0 whitewashing of the visiting Lublin Tytani on Saturday, running their record to 5-0 in the process. Eight different players scored touchdowns for the Falcons, who can clinch the PLFA I South Division title with a win against the Gliwice Lions next week. The Tytani, meanwhile, fell to 0-6, and seem assured of being relegated to PLFA II for the 2017 season.

Grzegorz Dominik scored on a long touchdown reception and a punt return in the first quarter, which ended with a score of 44-0. LaParish Lewis then duplicated Dominik's feat in the second quarter to make it 58-0 at halftime. Quarterback Keith Ray was the only other Falcon to score twice, cashing in both times on the ground. Tychy also got a pair of interception return touchdowns in the first quarter.

Wrocław Outlaws 41, Sopot Seahawks 0 (in Sopot)

The undefeated Wrocław Outlaws maintained their one-game lead in the PLFA I North Division on Saturday with their fourth shutout of the year, a 41-0 victory over the Sopot Seahawks. The Seahawks, who were shut out by the Outlaws 48-0 earlier in the season, fell to 1-5 and were eliminated from playoff contention. Mariusz Górecki threw three touchdown passes and ran for another for the Outlaws.

Jarosław Stopczyński ran for two scores for Wrocław, including a 15-yarder that opened the scoring in the first quarter. The Outlaws would add four touchdowns in the second quarter to make it 34-0 at halftime. Konrad Marszał, Stopczyński and Marcin Chejdysz all had touchdown catches in that decisive frame, to go along with a 16-yard touchdown run by Dawid Jędrasik. Górecki had the only points of the second half with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Warsaw Dukes 47, Łódzkie Wilki 20 (in Łódź)

The Łódzkie Wilki could not find a way to stop the combination of Avery Neloms and Jason Livingston on Sunday, giving up four touchdown passes to the pair in a 47-20 victory for the visiting Warsaw Dukes. Livingston, who also scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter to get the Dukes out of an early hole, ran wild on scoring plays of 75 and 80 yards in the second half. Warsaw, now 5-1, stands a game behind the Wrocław Outlaws in the PLFA I North Division, while the 2-3 Wilki were eliminated from the race for the postseason.

The Wilki, off since May 14, showed no signs of rust on their opening drive, which ended in a 35-yard Filip Pira touchdown run. The Dukes got the game's next 19 points, however, before Łódź scored a touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to just 5 points. Warsaw went to an empty backfield in second half, a tactic that completely changed the complexion of the ballgame. Adam Durma's 80-yard touchdown catch gave the Wilki some hope in the third quarter, but they would get no more points as the Dukes piled on to their lead.

Krakow Kings 33, Gliwice Lions 26 (in Krakow)

In the weekend's best game, the defending PLFA I champion Krakow Kings kept hope alive in 2016 with a 33-26 victory over the visiting Gliwice Lions on Sunday afternoon. However, the margin of victory was too small to give the Kings the tiebreaker over the Lions, who defeated Krakow 42-13 earlier in the season. That, combined with Gliwice's one-game lead over Krakow with just two games to play, leaves the Lions in control of their own destiny in the race for the playoffs.

Krakow led 27-12 at halftime, despite giving up a pair of long Michael Thomas to Julius Childs touchdown passes. Filip Mościcki's third touchdown pass of the afternoon, a 70-yarder to Michał Dybowicz, made it 33-12 in the third quarter, before the Lions began to mount a comeback. Trailing 33-19 in the fourth quarter, Gliwice looked done as the Kings drove deep into their territory, but an 85-yard fumble return by Paweł Onak made the ending tense.

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau