Krakow Kings 32, Lublin Tytani 0 (in Krakow)
The PLFA I season got underway on Saturday in Krakow, where the home Kings put on a show in a 32-0 whitewashing of the Lublin Tytani. The Kings rode a big first half to their seventh win in seven tries against the Tytani, matching their margin of victory in the season opener between the two teams a year ago.
Michał Dybowicz scored twice in the first quarter to give Krakow a 13-0 lead, an advantage that the Kings extended to 29-0 before halftime. All four Kings touchdowns came on the ground, with Szymon Wesołowski and Filip Mościcki punching it in during the second quarter. A running play that ended in a safety late in the first half typified the day for the Tytani offense, and a Marcin Masłoń field goal represented the only points of a quiet second half.
Warsaw Dukes 40, Sopot Seahawks 13 (in Sopot)
In a battle of runners-up from last year, the Warsaw Dukes proved too strong for the home Seahawks, coming away from Sopot with a 40-13 win in the first game of the year for both teams. The Dukes, who ran second in PLFA II last season, were strengthened by this year's arrival of several former Warsaw Eagles, while the PLFA I runners-up saw some key players go the opposite direction this offseason.
Things didn't get any better for Sopot in the second quarter, when the Seahawks lost quarterback Mateusz Kroć to an injury. By that time, the Dukes had already built a 14-0 lead on the strength of first-quarter touchdowns by Avery Neloms and Krzysztof Ufnal. Neloms would finish the game with three touchdown runs to go along with a pair of scoring passes, and Adam Blechman took one of his two interceptions to the house to put the icing on the cake for the Dukes in the fourth quarter.
Wrocław Outlaws 44, Szczecin Cougars 0 (in Wrocław)
The Wrocław Outlaws made their PLFA I debut a winning one on Saturday, and they did it in impressive fashion with a 44-0 drubbing of the Szczecin Cougars. The Outlaws finished last year's regular season undefeated before going on to shutout victories in the PLFA II semifinals and the PLFA II championship game.
Four different players scored touchdowns for the Outlaws, with Jarosław Stopczyński bookending the scoring with touchdown runs in the first and fourth quarters. Stopczyński would add a 33-yard score late in the first quarter, giving Wrocław a 30-0 lead after just 12 minutes. Dawid Kubicki added a short fumble return for a touchdown and Dawid Jędrasik and Mariusz Górecki had the game's other touchdown runs.
Gliwice Lions 21, AZS Silesia Rebels 14 (in Chorzów)
The Śląsk derby was the closest game of the weekend, with the visiting Gliwice Lions stymying several late chances by the AZS Silesia Rebels to hang on for a 21-14 win on Sunday in Chorzów. The Rebels had three red zone opportunities in the fourth quarter, but the Lions, who advanced to PLFA I in the “barrage” game last year, held on for the victory.
Julius Childs, an American receiver, defensive back and kick returner out of Youngstown State, led the way for Gliwice with touchdowns on both sides of the football. His 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter broke a 14-14 deadlock after the teams traded touchdowns twice in the earlier quarters. Michał Krzylowski threw a pair of touchdowns in defeat for the Rebels, while Michael Thomas matched him with two scoring tosses for the Lions.