PLFA I Week 10 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 21 Jun 2016 | Comments: 0

Tychy Falcons 52, Krakow Kings 14 (in Tychy)

The Tychy Falcons topped 50 points for the sixth time in seven games on Saturday, completing a season sweep of the Krakow Kings with a 52-14 victory. It was the final home game of the regular season for the Falcons, who will try to finish off an unbeaten campaign next weekend against the 4-3 AZS Silesia Rebels. The Kings, on the other hand, will finish in fourth place, although their 3-5 record is just good enough to guarantee them a spot in PLFA I next season.

Krakow went ahead early on a Filip Mościcki touchdown run, but the Falcons would score the game's next 44 points, with 36 of those coming in the first half alone. Keith Ray threw six touchdown passes in the game, giving him the league lead in that category with 26. Ray also ran for his twelfth touchdown of the season, giving him a share of the league lead there as well. Jacek Wróblewski scored twice for the Falcons, while Mościcki added a second touchdown run for the Kings in the second half.

Łódzkie Wilki 25, Sopot Seahawks 0 (in Łódź)

The Łódzkie Wilki broke a two-game losing streak on Saturday, dealing the visiting Sopot Seahawks their fourth shutout loss of the season with a 25-0 triumph. The Wilki, now 3-4, secured third place in the PLFA I North Division with the victory, while the 2-6 Seahawks will have to fight for their place in the league next season on October 30, when they take on a PLFA II opponent in the barrage game. That opponent will be determined on October 16.

David Parkinson's 25-yard touchdown pass to Adam Durma opened the scoring, and the Wilki quickly made it 14-0 later in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Borys Bednarek. Łódź added a safety in each of the next two quarters, pinning Sopot deep in their own end and regaining possession with tackles in the Sopot end zone. Dariusz Grzybowski iced the game with a 5-yard touchdown run in the final quarter of play.

Warsaw Dukes 42, Szczecin Cougars 0 (in Szczecin)

The Warsaw Dukes kept their division title hopes afloat on Sunday with an easy 42-0 road victory over the Szczecin Cougars. The Dukes, who rested their key starters ahead of a season-ending showdown with the first place Wrocław Outlaws, are already guaranteed a spot in the PLFA I playoffs. The Cougars, meanwhile, will finish in last place in the North Division, having been shut out in six of their seven games in 2016.

The Dukes rolled up 35 points before the whistle blew for halftime, with four of their five touchdowns coming through the rushing game. Mariusz Grześko was the only player with two scores for the Dukes, who also got an interception return for a touchdown by Jan Kadzikiewicz in the third quarter. Marcin Łojewski, filling in for Avery Neloms at quarterback, threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Krzysztof Ufnal to close out the first half.

AZS Silesia Rebels 30, Lublin Tytani 7 (in Chorzów)

The AZS Silesia Rebels moved into a tie for second place in the PLFA I South Division on Sunday, besting the winless Lublin Tytani 30-7 in Chorzów. The Rebels overcame a very poor first half to remain alive in the playoff race, although they will need to beat the undefeated Tychy Falcons and have the Tytani beat the Gliwice Lions in the final weekend of regular season play to advance to the postseason. The Tytani are locked into a last-place finish, and will spend 2017 playing in PLFA II.

Lublin scored the game's first points in the second quarter, when Mateusz Majewski hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Andrzej Jakubiec. The Rebels could manage only a field goal before the break, but they would recover with 27 points in the second half. The Silesia offense was sparked by a halftime change at quarterback, with Adrian Mazurek leading the team on two scoring drives that were supplemented by a pair of defensive scores.

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau