PLFA I Week 8 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 19 May 2017 | Comments: 0

Krakow Kings 14, Warsaw Dukes 12 (in Krakow)

The Krakow Kings barely held on against the visiting Warsaw Dukes on Saturday afternoon, preserving their perfect regular season record with a 14-12 victory in rainy Krakow. The Kings needed a goal-line stand on Warsaw's final possession to hold off the Dukes, who saw their chances at the postseason fade with each down on that fateful drive. Warsaw played most of the game without a quarterback, throwing only two passes all game and choosing instead to snap the ball directly to their trio of talented running backs.

The Dukes led 6-0 after a quarter of play on the strength of a Damian Cheda touchdown run, but Krakow took a one-point lead early in the second quarter when Beniamin Iwanicki hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. Grzegorz Kaczmarek put Warsaw back ahead with a short touchdown run before halftime, and the 12-7 score held into the final quarter. The Kings took advantage of a fumble to go ahead on a 1-yard plunge by Filip Mościcki, and then kept the Dukes out of the end zone on four goal-to-go plays to stay perfect on the season.

Warsaw Sharks 61, Kozły Poznań 7 (in Warsaw)

The Warsaw Sharks racked up the most points in the PLFA this season on Saturday, scoring a comprehensive 61-7 victory over visiting Kozły Poznań in the capital. Seven different Sharks scored touchdowns in a game that saw Warsaw run their record to 7-0 while virtually eliminating Kozły from the race for the postseason. Luke Zetazate ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, while Grzegorz Wójcik replaced him in the second half and also threw for a pair of scores.

The Sharks raced out to a 14-0 advantage before Antoni Idziak secured Kozły's only points of the day on a 70-yard kickoff return. Warsaw added 28 points in the second quarter, including six via a 75-yard punt return by Krzysztof Tomczak. Łukasz Owdziej's 35-yard touchdown reception just before halftime brought on the running clock and allowed the Sharks to empty their bench in the second half. Jan Omelańczuk had two touchdown receptions for the winners, who will host one of the PLFA I semifinal games on either June 3 or June 4.

Łódzkie Wilki 50, Gliwice Lions 6 (in Gliwice)

The Łódzkie Wilki got a much-needed victory in style on Sunday, pounding the winless Lions 50-6 in Gliwice. The win means that the Wilki continue to control their own destiny in the race for the PLFA I South Division's second playoff spot. Damian Waszczyk threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more for the Wilki, who won their third consecutive game after a 1-2 start. Dexter Russell Jr. hauled in two of Waszczyk's touchdown passes.

The Wilki raced out to a 22-0 lead after just a quarter, with both of Russell Jr.'s scoring catches coming in the first twelve minutes. Łódź led 34-0 by the time Gliwice got their only points of the game on Tomasz Małocha's 55-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. The Lions, who endured four straight shutouts earlier this season, would get no more points, and the Wilki added a touchdown in each of the last two quarters to complete the rout.

AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers 49, Wyszków Rhinos 47 (in Olsztyn)

In one the most exciting games of the PLFA season thus far, the AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers fought off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Wyszków Rhinos on Sunday to take control of their postseason destiny with a 49-47 home victory. The Rhinos nearly came back from a 23-point deficit in the fourth quarter in the highest scoring game in the PLFA this season. The 96 combined points scored surpassed the previous high of 87, a total that came in the season's first matchup between these same two teams.

Jamar Dials put on a passing clinic for Olsztyn, throwing for 7 touchdown passes on the afternoon. His favorite target was Krzysztof Mrówka, who recorded a touchdown reception in each of the game's four quarters. Patryk Piechowski had two touchdown catches for the Lakers, who led 14-0 after a quarter and 28-14 at halftime. Tyler Williams kept the Rhinos in the game, however, running for three scores and throwing for three more as well.

Mrówka's fourth touchdown of the game, a 35-yard reception at the beginning of the fourth quarter, put Olsztyn ahead 49-26. Wyszków rallied back with touchdown runs by Williams and Bartosz Szymański to cut the deficit to 9 points before recovering an onside kick to give the comeback even more momentum. The Rhinos capped off the ensuing drive with Antoni Podgórski's second touchdown reception of the game, but they were unable to recover another onside kick, allowing the Lakers to finally run out the clock. Wyszków gained some consolation in the fact that their final touchdown gave them the tiebreaker over Olsztyn should the teams finish tied in the standings, although that seems unlikely given the remaining schedule for both teams.

South Division:
Saturday, May 20, 5:30 PM: Łódzkie Wilki (4-2) vs. Krakow Kings (6-0)
Sunday, May 21, 1:00 PM: Warsaw Dukes (3-4) vs. Silesia Rebels (3-3)

North Division:
Saturday, May 20, 5:30 PM: Bydgoszcz Archers (1-5) vs. AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers (4-3)
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 PM: Wyszków Rhinos (2-4) vs. Kozły Poznań (2-4)

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau