In Week 4 of PLFA I play, the Pabianice Wilki upset the Płock Mustangs, handing them their first defeat of the season to tighten up the East Division standings. In the other East matchup, the Kings pulled out a hard-fought victory against the winless Tytani. Meanwhile, in the West Division, the Tychy Falcons got their second win of the season in comfortable fashion over the Gliwice Lions. Here is a recap of each of the three games played over the weekend.
Krakow Kings 28, Lublin Tytani 20 (in Krakow)
Two 60-yard touchdowns in the second half helped the Kings to get their first win of the year, a 28-20 triumph over the Tytani. Krakow, playing in their home opener, beat Lublin for the third time in as many games, relegating the Tytani to last place in the early East Division standings.
Paweł Jankowski scored on two short touchdown runs for Krakow, but it was his long touchdown pass to Mateusz Cyganik in the third quarter that proved to be the turning point in the contest. The Kings, who led 9-7 at halftime, had fallen behind on Marcin Grosman's second touchdown run of the game, but they would never trail again after Cyganik's big play gave them a 15-14 lead.
Sebastian Lech broke through the Lublin run defense for Krakow's second long touchdown. His score gave the Kings a streak of 19 unanswered points and a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead. The Tytani got to within 8 points and had the ball in Krakow territory in the final minute, but their last-ditch drive ended with a turnover on downs.
The Kings will next play another of this weekend's winners, the Pabianice Wilki, on the road on May 10. Those two teams are currently tied in the standings with records of 1-1. Pabianice will also be the next opponent for Lublin, who will host the Wilki on May 17.
Pabianice Wilki 26, Płock Mustangs 14 (in Płock)
Mikołaj Pawlaczyk ran wild over the Mustangs to give the Pabianice Wilki got their first victory of the season, a 26-14 win in Płock on Sunday. Pawlaczyk scored three times for the Wilki, who got their first PLFA I win after being promoted from Poland's third division last season.
Pabianice scored first, getting a 7-yard touchdown run from Adam Ciesielski to go ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. Pawlaczyk doubled the lead for the Wilki early in the third quarter, before Marek Kamiński brought the Mustangs back to within 14-6 with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The game took a dramatic turn when Spencer Wood, the starting quarterback for the Mustangs, was ejected for a flagrant foul. He was replaced by Tomasz Złotenki, who actually followed Pawlaczyk's second score with a 25-yard touchdown reception that made it 20-14. Pawlaczyk would seal the game, however, with his longest touchdown run of the game, a 31-yarder.
The Wilki and the Mustangs will both take a break over the May holiday weekend, with each team returning to the field on May 10. On that day, Pabianice will play at home against the Krakow Kings, in a matchup of teams with similar 1-1 records. Meanwhile, the Mustangs will try to avoid consecutive losses by pulling an upset in Białystok against the division favorites, the Lowlanders.
Tychy Falcons 26, Gliwice Lions 3 (in Gliwice)
The Tychy Falcons took a while to find their offensive stride on Saturday in Gliwice, but once they got rolling the home Lions were no match for them in a 26-3 Tychy win. The Falcons, who have given up only 27 points in three games this year, moved to 2-1, while the Lions have fallen in both games they have played so far.
Gliwice got a field goal in the first quarter, but they would get nothing more the rest of the way. That was enough for a lead at the end of the opening frame, but Jakub Gołosz and Robert Ryszka both scored in the second quarter to give Tychy a 14-3 lead at halftime.
The Falcons continued to pound away on the ground in the third quarter, and Mateusz Błazik converted a turnover into six points with a 1-yard plunge on a one-play drive that went exactly 1 yard. Later in the quarter, Grzegorz Dominik became the fourth Falcon of the afternoon to run the football into the end zone.
The visiting team has now won all four games in this series, which will be renewed in Tychy on May 31. Both teams will be back in action at home on May 11, and both will face undefeated teams from Szczecin. The Lions will welcome the Cougars, owners of a 1-0 record so far, while the Falcons will take on 2-0 Husaria.
PLFA I WEEK 5 SCHEDULE (HOME TEAM FIRST):
Sunday, May 4, 2:30 PM: Szczecin Cougars (1-0) vs. Bielawa Owls (0-2)
No games scheduled