PLFA I Week 10 Recaps

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 31 May 2017 | Comments: 0

Kozły Poznań 27, Bydgoszcz Archers 24 (in Poznań)

The visiting Bydgoszcz Archers nearly pulled off an upset of Kozły Poznań on Saturday, but Mateusz Patalas caught two touchdowns in the final minutes from two different quarterbacks to rally Kozły from 10 points down to a dramatic 27-24 comeback victory. The Archers, who will now need to defend their spot in PLFA I for next season in the PLFA I/PLFA II barrage game in the fall, themselves came from behind twice to lead before Poznań's stirring comeback. Kozły finished the season at 4-4, good enough for third place in the PLFA I North Division.

Paweł Kubiak, returning to the quarterback position for Bydgoszcz, ran for two touchdowns in the ballgame. The second of those runs gave the Archers a 16-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. Kubiak would extend the lead with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kornel Witkowski, and Bydgoszcz's third successful two-point conversion then gave them a 10-point advantage. Patalas cut the lead to three with an 8-yard catch, and Kozły then recovered an onside kick to give them a shot at victory. Gunter Krotsch replaced the injured Patryk Barczak at quarterback, playing in the Kozły senior squad for the first time. He promptly lead Poznań down the field, eventually finding Patalas for the 30-yard game-winner.

Silesia Rebels 34, Łódzkie Wilki 12 (in Katowice)

The Silesia Rebels came into Sunday's game with the Łódzkie Wilki needing to win by 57 points to advance to the postseason, while the visitors merely needed to emerge victorious to accomplish the same goal. Neither one would be successful and, on a day on which they didn't even play, it was the Warsaw Dukes who were the beneficiaries when the Rebels defeated the Wilki 34-12. Marcin Rosikoń caught three touchdown passes in the victory.

The struggling Silesia offense got back to basics against the Wilki, and quarterback Maximilian Samel made the most of his first start of the year by picking the Łódzkie defense apart with a short, controlled passing game. A pair of Rosikoń scoring catches and a 27-yard rushing touchdown by Jan Trojniak gave the Rebels a 20-0 first-half lead, but Dexter Russell Jr. gave the Wilki some hope before halftime with a electrifying 95-yard touchdown reception. Russell Jr. scored again in the third quarter to make it 20-12, before Samel put the game away with scoring tosses to Konrad Paruszewski and Rosikoń.

Krakow Kings 57, Gliwice Lions 8 (in Krakow)

The Krakow Kings wrapped up their undefeated regular season on Sunday, sending the winless Gliwice Lions into relegation with a 57-8 beatdown. The Kings, who bounced back this season from a 3-5 record last year, will host the AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers in the PLFA I semifinals next weekend, while the Lions will ply their trade in PLFA II in 2018. Eight different players scored touchdowns for the Kings, who got three scores from their defense and special teams in the win.

Filip Mościcki scored on a 31-yard run to get things going for Krakow, and he added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dariusz Nizioł before departing the game to rest up for the playoffs. Gliwice got their only points on a 15-yard catch by Jakub Osyra in the first quarter, and the Kings responded by scoring the game's final 40 points. Krakow led 24-8 after just a quarter, and they extended their advantage to 44-8 by halftime. Dominik Janda put the icing on the regular season in the fourth quarter with a 60-yard fumble return for a score.

Warsaw Sharks 50, Wyszków Rhinos 14 (in Wyszków)

The Warsaw Sharks hit the 50 point mark for the third time in four games, finishing off a perfect regular-season campaign on Sunday with a 50-14 victory over the home Wyszków Rhinos. Luke Zetazate staked a claim for MVP honors, throwing for six touchdowns and running for two more, while Jan Omelańczuk picked up three touchdown receptions for the winners. The Sharks will next host the Warsaw Dukes in a derby that will determine who plays in the PLFA I championship game on June 17.

Omelańczuk scored twice in the first quarter, and Karol Kowalczyk added a touchdown reception before the first twelve minutes were up to make it 20-0 in favor of the Sharks. Warsaw would make it 26-0 before the Rhinos finally got on the board, courtesy of an Antoni Podgórski touchdown reception. Kowalczyk and Omelańczuk each scored again before halftime to extend Warsaw's advantage to 38-6 and make the second half a mere formality. Warsaw finished the regular season as the only team in the North Division with a positive point differential.

Saturday, June 3, Time TBA: Warsaw Sharks (8-0, 1st North) vs. Warsaw Dukes (4-4, 2nd South)
Sunday, June 4, 2:30 PM: Krakow Kings (8-0, 1st South) vs. AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers (5-3, 2nd North)

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau