CENTRUM MECZOWE 2 sierpnia, 2014 16:00

Panthers
Wrocław
32
0 I 0
6 II 7
6 III 21
20 IV 13
- OT -
41
Seahawks
Gdynia
rozwiń ͮ
 

Seahawks champions again!

Autor: Alex Zarganis Opublikowano dnia: 3 sierpnia 2014 | Komentarze: 0

The Gdynia Seahawks finished the 2014 Topliga season the way they began it, with a win over the Wrocław Panthers in Gdynia. Their victory on Saturday came with much more on the line, however, as the Seahawks took home their second national championship with a 41-32 triumph in SuperFinal IX. Seahawks running back Tunde Ogun was named the game's Most Valuable Player. 

Ogun led a ground attack that picked up 369 yards on the day, allowing the Seahawks to build a sizeable lead before a very late comeback attempt by the Panthers made the score a bit closer. Ogun, who had the second most scoring runs in the Topliga during the regular season, recorded four of Gdynia's five offensive touchdowns. The Seahawks needed Ogun's best efforts on a day in which they failed to gain a single yard through the passing game. 

“We were well-prepared for the Panthers' style of play, and we came into the game very focused,” said Gdynia Head Coach Maciej Cetnerowski. “I can't say enough about the way our defense played in stopping the Wrocław attack.” 

The two teams combined for only 13 points in the first half, before exploding for a combined 60 points after the break. Neither offense was able to crack the scoreboard in the opening period, and the game remained tense throughout the second quarter. Ogun got the Seahawks on the board first with a 30-yard touchdown run, but the Dziedzic brothers answered with a 55-yard scoring hookup that earned Tomasz the mayor's award for best play of the game. The Wrocław conversion was blocked, however, and Gdynia led 7-6 at halftime. 

TV broadcast: SuperFinal IX VOD 

The decisive point in the game came in the first half of the third quarter, when the Seahawks rattled off three consecutive touchdowns. Topliga season MVP Lance Kriesien scored on a 6-yard run before Ogun added a 16-yarder and a 23-yarder to make it 28-6 in favor of Gdynia. Bartosz Dziedzic then found Grzegorz Mazur on a 24-yard touchdown pass to keep Wrocław within two scores going into the final frame. 

Dziedzic finished the game with 270 yards passing and four touchdowns, but he was unable to avoid the mistakes that plagued Wrocław all evening long, adding two interceptions to his otherwise impressive stat line. The Panthers outgained Gdynia by 51 total yards, but six turnovers, including a fumble that was recovered by Tomasz Biały in the Wrocław end zone to start the fourth quarter, eventually sealed their fate. 

Ogun followed a Mark Philmore touchdown run with his fourth score of the game, a 35-yard scamper that put Gdynia up 41-18. Jamal Schulters and Tomasz Dziedzic added cosmetic scores for Wrocław late in the fourth quarter, but the crowd of 7100 strong was already celebrating a win that officially puts Gdynia on par with the best teams in the Topliga's short history.
 

SuperFinal IX individual awards:
Game MVP: Tunde Ogun (Running back, Gdynia Seahawks)
Best offensive player: Tunde Ogun (Running back, Gdynia Seahawks)
Best defensive player: Maciej Suchanowski (Defensive line, Gdynia Seahawks)
Gdynia Mayor Wojeciech Szczurek's award for the most spectacular play of SuperFinal IX: Tomasz Dziedzic (Wide receiver, Wrocław Panthers) 

Topliga season awards:
Topliga MVP: Lance Kriesien (Quarterback, Gdynia Seahawks)
Best quarterback: Lance Kriesien (Gdynia Seahawks)
Best wide receiver: Grzegorz Mazur (Wrocław Panthers)
Best running back: Tunde Ogun (Gdynia Seahawks)
Best offensive lineman: Bartosz Bednarczyk (Zagłębie Steelers Interpromex)
Best defensive lineman: Konrad Paszkiewicz (Warsaw Eagles)
Best linebacker: Kamil Ruta (Wrocław Panthers)
Best defensive back: Peter Plesa (Gdynia Seahawks)
Best kicker: Dawid Pańczyszyn (Wrocław Panthers)
Best punter: Jamie Boyle (Warsaw Eagles)
Best returner: Clarence Anderson (Warsaw Eagles)

 

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

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p. ZESPÓŁ M Z/P +/- PKT
1. Panthers 10 8/2 321 16
2. Seahawks 10 8/2 158 16
3. Eagles 10 8/2 150 16
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5. Steelers 10 2/8 -183 4
6. Sharks 10 0/10 -341 0

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