PLFA I Week 11 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 25 Jun 2016 | Comments: 0

Tychy Falcons 39, AZS Silesia Rebels 25 (in Katowice)

The AZS Silesia Rebels had their playoff hopes dashed by the unbeaten Tychy Falcons on Saturday, succumbing to the South Division champs 39-25 in Katowice. The Rebels held the Falcons to their lowest point total of the year, but it wasn't quite good enough to avoid falling to 4-4. Silesia finished in third place in the South, while the Falcons will move on to face the Warsaw Dukes in the PLFA I semifinals in two weeks.

The teams combined for 57 points in the first half and only 7 after the break. Marcus Ruffin had two touchdowns in the first quarter for the Rebels, who answered each of Tychy's first four touchdowns with scores of their own. An 80-yard touchdown pass by running back Benjamin Bołdys on a trick play drew Silesia to within 26-25 in the second quarter, but those would be their final points of the game. Laparish Lewis scored three times for the Falcons, who lost Keith Ray to injury in the second half.

Łódzkie Wilki 54, Szczecin Cougars 14 (in Szczecin)

In a game that featured a pair teams that were already out of the playoff hunt, the visiting Łódzkie Wilki pulled away from the Szczecin Cougars with 33 second-half points en route to a 54-14 victory on Saturday. The Cougars, who had scored a total of just 8 points in their previous seven games in 2016, kept it close until a 40-minute lightning delay stalled their offensive momentum. The Wilki finished the season with a 4-4 record, landing in third place in the PLFA I North Division, while the Cougars face relegation to PLFA II next season.

A pair of Patryk Brączkowski touchdown receptions in the first half kept Szczecin within a point of the Wilki, but Rafał Zapart had touchdowns on either side of the intermission to increase Łódź's lead to 27-14. Adam Durma extended the lead to 41-14 with two touchdown receptions, a pair of scores that also gave David Parkinson four touchdown passes for the afternoon. Michal Kalafarski caught a touchdown pass and threw for another for the Wilki.

Warsaw Dukes 43, Wrocław Outlaws 23 (in Ząbki)

The Warsaw Dukes ended the dreams of perfection for the visiting Wrocław Outlaws on Sunday, but came up just short of stealing the number one seed in the North Division in a 43-23 win. The Outlaws had beaten the Dukes by 22 points earlier in the season, giving them a slim two-point edge in the tiebreaker for the top seed. The Dukes will therefore face the South champs, the undefeated Tychy Falcons, in the PLFA I semifinals, while the Outlaws will host the Gliwice Lions.

Avery Neloms threw three touchdown passes to Jason Livingston and a fourth to Konrad Mariański, and Grzegorz Kaczmarek had two rushing touchdowns to account for the rest of Warsaw's points. The Outlaws actually led 8-0 early, leaving the Dukes with a 30-point mountain to climb for the tiebreaker, but Warsaw battled back to lead 28-17 at halftime. They upped the advantage to 43-23 with just three minutes remaining, but the Outlaws never allowed Warsaw's last-second possession to get off the ground.

Gliwice Lions 29, Lublin Tytani 0 (in Gliwice)

The Gliwice Lions hosted the Lublin Tytani in the final game of the regular season for both teams on Sunday, already secure in the knowledge that the AZS Silesia Rebels' defeat a day earlier had given them the final PLFA I playoff berth. The Lions played like the postseason was still on the line, however, shutting out the Tytani 29-0. Gliwice will next face the Wrocław Outlaws in a rematch of last year's semifinals, while winless Lublin will have to defend their place in the league in October in the PLFA I/PLFA II barrage.

Michael Thomas got the scoring started with a 25-yard touchdown run, and the Lions made it 15-0 on their second possession via a 13-yard Marcin Bratuszewski touchdown run. A safety and another Thomas touchdown run in the second quarter made it 23-0 in favor of Gliwice at halftime, and Julius Childs scored the last regular-season points for the Lions on a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau