Week 5 in Poland's second league was a relatively light one, with just three games on the schedule. Nevertheless, there was no lack of excitement as two of those three came right down to the wire. In the lone North Division tilt, the Crusaders held off the Angels to move over .500 for the season, while the Kings rolled over the Falcons to move into first place in the South. In the other South matchup, the Saints tied the game late and then won in overtime at home against the Rebels. Here is a brief recap of each of the three games played over the weekend.
Częstochowa Saints 30, AZS Silesia Rebels 24, (in Częstochowa)
Jacek Wróblewski scored all 30 of Częstochowa's points, including six on a touchdown in overtime, to lead the home Saints past the Rebels 30-24 on Sunday. The Saints got revenge for their 26-0 loss to the Rebels in last year's PLFA II semifinal, as the teams met for the first time in PLFA I. The Rebels went on to win the PLFA II championship last season.
Beniamin Bołdys has a big game for the Rebels, scoring two touchdowns in the first half and adding a field goal in the second half. Silesia led 21-8 at the break, with Częstochowa's only points of the first half coming on a sensational 99-yard run by Wróblewski. The running back tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and a successful two-point conversion run, and then won it in OT after the Saints stopped the Rebels on the opening overtime possession.
The win was the first of the season for the Saints, who opened with losses to the Lublin Tytani and the Tychy Falcons. Częstochowa will play the second of a string of games in four straight weeks on May 17, when they travel to Krakow to take on the first-place Kings. The Rebels, now 2-2 on the season, will also be back in action next weekend, hosting the Tytani on May 16.
Warszawa Crusaders 12, Toruń Angels 6 (in Toruń)
In a game that was much more exciting than the final score might indicate, the Crusaders dodged a last-gasp effort by the Angels on Saturday night in Toruń, escaping with a 12-6 victory that moved them into second place in the PLFA I North Division. The Angels, who fell into last place at 1-3, were undone by four first-quarter turnovers, including three that came in the Crusaders red zone.
Sascha Gaveau had the only points of the first half, scoring on a 3-yard run in the second quarter to give Warszawa a 6-0 lead. Łukasz Kuśmirek's 1-yard plunge tied the game in the third quarter, but the Crusaders went back ahead late in the game on a touchdown run by Michał Boruciński. The Angels took over at midfield with less than a minute remaining, and they managed to get inside the Warszawa 10-yard line before their final pass fell incomplete as time expired.
Both teams have one game between now and their rematch in Warszawa on May 30, and the opponent for each of those games will be the Łódź Wilki. The Wilki will be on the road for both of those games, visiting the Crusaders on May 16 and the Angels on May 24. The latter matchup will be the first of four games in consecutive weeks for Toruń.
Krakow Kings 34, Tychy Falcons 6 (in Tychy)
The unpredictable PLFA I South Division stayed true to form on Sunday in Tychy, where the Kings got revenge for a 28-27 defeat on April 19 by destroying the Falcons 34-6. Krakow moved into a half-game lead over the Falcons, with that earlier one-point loss representing the only blemish on their record. The Falcons, who had won three straight coming in, dropped into second place at 3-2.
Four different players scored rushing touchdowns for the Kings, who built a 34-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Quarterback Filip Mościcki called his own number for a pair of rushing touchdowns, including a 14-yarder in the final frame. Mateusz Błazik finally got the Falcons on the scoreboard late in the game with a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Falcons have only three games left to bolster their playoff resume, and they will get a bye-week break before each of those games. Their next game will be their final road game of the year, at the Częstochowa Saints on May 24. Częstochowa will also be the next opponent for the Kings, who will welcome the Saints to Krakow on May 17.
WEEK 6 SCHEDULE:
Saturday, May 16, 1:00 PM: Sopot Seahawks (3-0) vs. Szczecin Cougars (1-2)
Saturday, May 16, 5:30 PM: Warszawa Crusaders (2-1) vs. Łódzkie Wilki (1-2)
Saturday, May 16, 5:00 PM: AZS Silesia Rebels (2-2) vs. Lublin Tytani (1-3)
Sunday, May 17, 2:00 PM: Krakow Kings (3-1) vs. Częstochowa Saints (1-2)