PLFA II Week 6 Roundup

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 7 Jun 2013 | Comments: 0

The sixth weekend of action in PLFA II was a relatively quiet one, as Saturday and Sunday saw just a game apiece take place. In Bydgoszcz, it was derby time, as the Archers topped the Raiders, while the Lakers broke into the win column in impressive fashion in their visit to the capital. Here is a brief recap of each of the two games from the weekend.

Bydgoszcz Archers 32, Bydgoszcz Raiders 14 (in Bydgoszcz)

The Archers broke a halftime deadlock with three second-half touchdowns by wide receiver Jakub Graf to pull away from the Raiders in a 32-14 victory in front of 1200 fans in the Bydgoszcz derby. In a game filled with big plays, the Archers kept the Raiders winless on the season while moving their own record to 2-2 in the process.

Filip Klause started the game at quarterback for the Archers, and he got them on the board first with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mateusz Marciniak. The Archers extended the lead to 14-0 later in the first quarter when Marciniak sprinted 40-yards for a score, but the Raiders came back to tie the game in the second quarter behind two touchdown passes by Jakub Kołodziejczyk.

The Archers dominated the second half, however, particularly on defense. Arkadiusz Kwinta wrought havoc in the Raiders offensive backfield, compiling seven sacks in the game, while Adrian Kuźniewski had a pair of interceptions. Paweł Kubiak came into the game at quarterback after the break and tossed all three of Graf's scores, each of which went for 30 yards or more.

As the only team to have already played four games this season, the Archers will now take a break until July 20, when they have a home game against the 2-0 Szczecin Cougars. The Raiders will play two games between now and that time, with the first coming on June 22 at home against the Słupsk Griffons.

Olsztyn Lakers 58, Warszawa Crusaders 6 (in Warsaw)

Since joining the PLFA in 2011, Olsztyn had lost 12 straight games going into Sunday's game in Warsaw. After showing good signs in their previous game (a 43-36 loss to the Warsaw BEagles), the Lakers finally broke through against the Crusaders, getting their first league victory by exploding on offense in a 58-6 rout.

Big fullback Przemysław Bekier scored a total of 26 points for Olsztyn, bowling over defenders on the way to three touchdowns and four two-point conversions. All of Bekier's points came in the second half, during which the Lakers outscored Warsaw 38-0.

Penalties and mistakes plagued the Crusaders throughout the game, although they were able to keep things close in the first half. The Lakers opened up a 12-0 lead with a 55-yard touchdown reception by Adam Moleń and a short touchdown run by Piotr Zawadzki, but Warszawa was able to close the gap when Piotr Matyjasek threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Grudzień. Mateusz Jałyński's second touchdown pass, a 15-yarder to Mateusz Zakrzewski, made it 20-6 at halftime.

The Crusaders fell to 0-2, putting them in a tie with the Warsaw Werewolves for last place in the PLFA II Central Division. They will try for their first win of the year again on June 16, when they host the BEagles. While the playoffs may still be a long shot for the improving 1-2 Lakers, they will look to keep the momentum going at home that same day, when they welcome the Warsaw Spartans B team to Olsztyn.

 

PLFA II WEEK 7 SCHEDULE (HOME TEAM FIRST):

North Division:
Saturday, June 15, 2:00 PM: Sopot Sabercats (1-1) vs. Szczecin Cougars (2-0)

Central Division:
Saturday, June 15, 12:30 PM: Warszawa Królewscy (1-0) vs. Warsaw Werewolves (0-2)
Sunday, June 16, 2:00 PM: Warszawa Crusaders (0-2) vs. Warsaw BEagles (1-0)
Sunday, June 16, 3:00 PM: Olsztyn Lakers (1-2) vs. Warsaw Spartans B (1-0)

South Division:
No games scheduled

Alex Zarganis
a.zarganis@plfa.pl
PLFA Press Bureau