The Zagłębie Steelers Interpromex got three touchdown runs from Kevin Marshall, including an 85-yarder in the fourth quarter, to take down the Warsaw Sharks 27-12 on Sunday in Będzin. The win, the second in three games for Zagłębie, assured the Steelers of finishing above last place, thereby avoiding the possibility of relegation to PLFA I.
After a scoreless first quarter, Marshall scored from 20 yards out to put the Steelers on the scoreboard first. Karol Żak then threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tomasz Ochnio to cut the lead to 7-6, but a missed extra point left Warsaw trailing 7-6 at halftime.
The Steelers put some distance between themselves and the Sharks in the third quarter, getting rushing touchdowns from Marshall and Konrad Starczewski as well as a safety to make it 21-6 heading into the final quarter. Marshall then sealed the victory with his long touchdown run before Antonio Roane added a consolation score for Warsaw.
Zagłębie has now beaten Warsaw in all three of the games they have played against each other since the Sharks joined the Topliga last season. However, the Sharks will get another crack at the Steelers on June 20, when both teams conclude their regular seasons against each other.
Each team will be back in action once before that rematch. The Sharks, now 1-7 on the season, will visit the Primacol Białystok Lowlanders for a Friday night game on June 12, while the Steelers will visit the Warsaw Eagles on June 14.
Steelers (2-6): at Warsaw Eagles (5-4), Sunday, June 14, 2:00 PM
Sharks (1-7): at Primacol Białystok Lowlanders (6-3), Friday, June 12, 8:00 PM