PLFA I Week 9 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 13 Jun 2016 | Comments: 0

Tychy Falcons 67, Gliwice Lions 0 (in Gliwice)

The Gliwice Lions got a reality check on Saturday at the hands of the Tychy Falcons, who continued their hot run with a 67-0 demolition of the home team. The Falcons clinched the PLFA I South Division title with the win, while the Lions can still wrap up a playoff spot with a victory in their final game against the winless Lublin Tytani or a loss by the AZS Silesia Rebels in either of their final two games of the season.

Keith Ray opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run and then threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jacek Wróblewski. A Jacek Kozub pick six made it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, a lead that the Falcons extended to 43-0 with three more scores in the second quarter. Paweł Szepiszczak opened the second half with a kick return for a touchdown and backup quarterback Damian Pietryja tossed a touchdown pass to Szepiszczak in the fourth quarter.

Sopot Seahawks 62, Szczecin Cougars 8 (in Sopot)

The Szczecin Cougars finally got on the board on Saturday, but their single touchdown wasn't nearly enough in Sopot as the Seahawks dominated in all aspects in a 62-8 victory. The Cougars, who had gone scoreless in five straight games, finally got their first points of the 2016 season on a Patryk Brączkowski touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks moved to 2-5 with the win, and they will need to beat the Łódzkie Wilki by at least 26 points next weekend to avoid falling into a “barrage” relegation playoff game.

Bartosz Chojecki and Jan Domogała were the offensive stars for the Seahawks, combining for seven rushing touchdowns on the afternoon. All four of Chojecki's scores came in the first half, which ended 41-0 in favor of Sopot. It was 56-0 and the Cougars had given up 305 points to opponents by the time Brączkowski finally got them some points. Michał Jarocki made it 311 points allowed with a 70-yard touchdown reception that came as time expired.

AZS Silesia Rebels 27, Krakow Kings 6 (in Krakow)

The AZS Silesia Rebels stayed alive in the race for the PLFA I playoffs on Sunday, beating the defending champion Krakow Kings 27-6 to even their record at 3-3 and move into third place in the South Division standings. The Rebels are a half-game behind the Gliwice Lions, and need to win both of their final two games and have the Lions lose their finale to advance to the postseason. The Kings, meanwhile, will finish in fourth place, and will need to defend their place in PLFA I for the 2017 in a “barrage” game against a PLFA II opponent later this year. 

The Rebels started the game in great field position after a 70-yard Andrzej Gwóźdź kickoff return. Marcus Ruffin ran it in a few plays later to give Silesia a 7-0 lead. Ruffin doubled the lead with a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and a Marcin Rosikoń touchdown reception made it 21-0 at halftime. Gwóźdź returned a fumble deep in the Kings end for a touchdown in the third quarter to raise the advantage to 27-0, and Szymon Wesołowski's 10-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run finally got Krakow on the scoreboard.

Wrocław Outlaws 26, Łódzkie Wilki 13 (in Wrocław)

The Łódzkie Wilki gave the Wrocław Outlaws their sternest test of the season on Sunday afternoon, but the unbeaten Outlaws pulled away in the fourth quarter to move to 7-0 with a 26-13 victory. The Outlaws will play the second-place Warsaw Dukes in their final regular season game, and anything other than a 22-point loss will allow Wrocław to claim the North Division title. The Wilki will miss the PLFA I playoffs and are fighting to avoid playing in a “barrage” game after the season is done.

Wrocław didn't score until the second quarter, breaking the ice with a safety that came as the result of a bad snap on a punt attempt. Jarosław Stopczyński made it 10-0 at halftime with a 3-yard touchdown run, but Rafał Zapart cut the lead to 10-6 in the third quarter with a rushing score of the same length. The Wilki looked to have taken the lead on a touchdown pass later in the quarter, but a penalty brought the score back and the drive stalled after that. The Outlaws broke the game open in the fourth quarter when Dawid Jędrasik scampered 65 yards for a score.

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau