PLFA I Week 9 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 24 May 2017 | Comments: 0

Krakow Kings 26, Łódzkie Wilki 21 (in Łódź)

The Łódzkie Wilki stormed back to take the lead after trailing by 20 points in the first half, only to see the visiting Krakow Kings snatch away a 26-21 victory with a late touchdown on Saturday to preserve their undefeated record. Even with the defeat, the Wilki can still earn a spot in the playoffs with a win in their final regular-season game, which comes next weekend at the Silesia Rebels. The Kings have already wrapped up the PLFA I South Division crown.

Krakow was ahead 20-0 by the middle of the second quarter on the strength of three Szymon Wesołowski touchdown runs, but a Wojciech Krawczyk touchdown reception gave the Wilki momentum heading into the locker room. Touchdown runs by Dexter Russell Jr. in the third and fourth quarters then put the team from Łódź into the lead, with the second score coming with just three minutes remaining. Filip Mościcki coolly led the Kings down the field, however, capping off Krakow's final drive with a game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to the reliable Beniamin Iwanicki.

AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers 35, Bydgoszcz Archers 6 (in Bydgoszcz)

A week after throwing for 7 touchdowns, Jamar Dials helped the AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers beat the Bydgoszcz Archers with his legs, running for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns in a 35-6 road victory that clinched a playoff spot for the PLFA I debutantes. The Lakers advance to the semifinal round, where they will take on the South Division champs, the Krakow Kings, over the weekend of June 3 and 4. The Archers, meanwhile, fell to 1-6 with a game remaining in their regular-season schedule.

The Lakers were not quite able to put the Archers away in the first half, and the teams were in fact separated by just a point in the locker room after trading touchdowns in the second quarter. The complexion of the game changed after halftime, however, when Bydgoszcz's only viable quarterback option, Jakub Kubacki, went down to injury. The two touchdowns runs by Dials effectively put a comeback out of the question, but the American signal-caller would add lengthy touchdown passes to Przemysław Banat and Patryk Piechowski in the fourth quarter just to make sure.

Kozły Poznań 41, Wyszków Rhinos 27 (in Wyszków)

Kozły Poznań broke a four-game losing streak and secured their place in PLFA I next season on Sunday, traveling to Wyszków to defeat the Rhinos 41-27. Kozły got over the 40-point mark for the first time in over three years, while the Rhinos gave up 40 points for the fourth time this season. Patryk Barczak had a hand in four touchdowns for Kozły, while Tyler Williams matched that number on the other side. Wyszków fell to 2-5 with the loss.

Kozły led 20-7 late in the second quarter, when Williams galloped 90 yards for a score that cut the halftime lead to just 6 points. He then threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Bartosz Szymański to tie the game in the third quarter, but Poznań would go on to score the game's next 21 points to decide the contest. Bartosz Woch rushed for two scores for Kozły, while Szymański added another touchdown after the final outcome had already been determined.

Warsaw Dukes 25, Silesia Rebels 6 (in Ząbki)

The Warsaw Dukes finished off a roller coaster regular season on an up note on Sunday, defeating the visiting Silesia Rebels 25-6 in Ząbki. The Dukes are the only team in the PLFA I South Division with no games left to play heading into the final weekend, during which the division's second playoff spot will be awarded. The Rebels currently sit a half-game behind the Dukes, who themselves are a half-game behind Silesia's final opponent, the Łódzkie Wilki.

Krzysztof Ufnal's 29-yard field goal opened the scoring in the first quarter, although Warsaw would actually surrender the lead briefly at the beginning of the second quarter when Jan Trojniak took a handoff 7 yards for a score. Daniel Krawiec responded with a pair of touchdown passes before halftime, finding Dawid Chmielewski for a 10-yard score and Damian Cheda for a 35-yarder to give Warsaw an 18-6 halftime lead. Bartłomiej Sikora's 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter provided the exclamation point.

South Division:
Sunday, May 28, 12:00 PM: Silesia Rebels (3-4) vs. Łódzkie Wilki (4-3)
Sunday, May 28, 12:00 PM: Krakow Kings (7-0) vs. Gliwice Lions (0-7)
North Division:
Saturday, May 27, 12:00 PM: Kozły Poznań (3-4) vs. Bydgoszcz Archers (1-6)
Sunday, May 28, 1:00 PM: Wyszków Rhinos (2-5) vs. Warsaw Sharks (7-0)

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau