Week 6 of the PLFA II schedule featured dominating defensive performances by the AZS Silesia Rebels and the Wrocław Panthers B team, each of whom shut out their respective opponents, as well as close victories in low-scoring games for the Opole Wolverines and the Skoczów Pretorians. Here is a quick recap of each of the four games played over the weekend.
AZS Silesia Rebels 26, Majster-Pol Sucha Beskidzka Broncos 0 (in Sucha Beskidzka)
The Rebels made it halfway through their Group D schedule without a blemish by shutting out the Broncos 26-0 on Sunday in Sucha Beskidzka. Silesia, now the only team left in the group without a defeat, got a big game from Beniamin Bołdys to prevail.
All the touchdowns came in the first half, beginning with a 50-yard run by Bołdys in the first quarter. Alan Krzempek added a 20-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 after a quarter, and Bołdys scored again in the second quarter to make it 20-0. He added a pair of second-half field goals to his pair of touchdowns to complete the scoring.
The Rebels will look to continue their winning ways on July 27, when they close out the home portion of their schedule against the winless Rzeszów Ravens. The Broncos will also take on the Ravens in their next matchup, but they will do so on the road and much sooner, on July 5.
Opole Wolverines 14, Zielona Góra Dragons 10 (in Zielona Góra)
The Wolverines got a late break during a strange ending and capitalized with a go-ahead touchdown inside the final minute to overhaul the Dragons 14-10 on Sunday in Zielona Góra. The win helped the Wolverines into second place in Group B, while the Dragons fell to fourth in defeat.
A lone safety left the Dragons ahead 2-0 at halftime, but that lead was quickly erased in the third quarter when Kamil Kowalik connected with Adam Popanda on a 30-yard touchdown pass. The Dragons went back ahead on an Adrian Chojnacki touchdown run, setting up an ending in which Zielona Góra took a knee twice and then attempted a pass that ended in a fumble. Kowalik then found Łukasz Szelongiewicz from 35 yards out for the winning score.
Both teams will be on the road in Wrocław for their next outing, with the Dragons taking on the Outlaws on July 12 and the Wolverines facing the Panthers B team a day later. The Outlaws have begun their season with a win and a loss, while the Panthers have won their opening pair of games.
Skoczów Pretorians 18, Olkusz Silvers 8 (in Olkusz)
The Silvers scored the first points of the game in the third quarter before the Pretorians battled back to claim an 18-8 victory in the second meeting ever between these Group D clubs on Sunday in Olkusz. The Pretorians defeated the Silvers 46-12 last season in Rudnik, another sign of the progress Olkusz is making in the 2014 season.
Olkusz went up 8-0 on a safety and a 5-yard touchdown run by Michał Polak, but they gave up a 2-point touchdown on the conversion attempt when Sebastian Czyż intercepted the pass and ran it back 100 yards. That proved to be the turning point of the game, particularly for Czyż, who gave the Pretorians the lead late in the third quarter with a short touchdown run and then put the game away with another one in the fourth.
Skoczów advanced to 1-1 with the win, a record good enough for a second-place tie in the group. They will next face the Częstochowa Saints, who are also 1-1, on July 27 in Skoczów. That game will be the home opener for the Pretorians. The 1-2 Silvers also have the Saints next up on their schedule, in Częstochowa on July 5.
Wrocław Panthers B 32, Rybnik Thunders 0 (in Wrocław)
The Panthers made it two wins in two tries in 2014 in their home opener on Saturday, and they had a much easier time in shutting out the Thunders 32-0 than they did in their first game of the year. In fact, Wrocław kept Rybnik out of their side of the field for the entire first half.
Mateusz Drygała threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Wiktor Zięba to start the scoring, and Adam Jagiełło added two touchdowns to the four he scored in the opener. Igor Mazur run an interception back 70 yards for a touchdown, and Marcin Marcinkowski picked up a blocked kick and ran it in to give Wrocław scores on offense, defense and special teams.
The Group D regular season title could be up for grabs in Wrocław's next game, against the 2-1 Opole Wolverines at home on July 13. Wrocław beat Opole 28-20 in the season opener, meaning the Wolverines will need to win by at least 8 points to take over the tiebreaker advantage. The Thunders, now 0-2 on the season, will be back in action on July 26, when they take on the Panthers in the home leg of back-to-back games against Wrocław.
PLFA II WEEK 7 SCHEDULE (HOME TEAM FIRST):
Thursday, June 19, 3:30 PM: Poznań Patrioci (0-1) vs. Bydgoszcz Archers (1-0)
Saturday, June 21, Time TBA: Toruń Angels (2-0) vs. Słupsk Griffons (0-2)
No games scheduled
Thursday, June 19, 12:30 PM: Warsaw BEagles (1-1) vs. Warsaw Sharks B (0-2)
Thursday, June 19, 3:30 PM: Radom Green Ducks (1-1) vs. Warszawa Crusaders (2-0)
Saturday, June 21, 5:00 PM: Warsaw Werewolves (2-0) vs. Olsztyn Lakers (0-2)
No games scheduled