The showdowns between the Gdynia Seahawks and the Primacol Białystok Lowlanders have provided some of the best entertainment in the PLFA in 2016, and Sunday's semifinal in Gdynia was no exception. The Seahawks pulled off their second consecutive one-point victory over the Lowlanders to advance to SuperFinal XI, winning a defensive struggle by a score of 14-13.
The Lowlanders looked like the favorites to move on to the title game at halftime, when they sat in the locker room with a 13-0 lead. Białystok got a first-quarter touchdown run from Jabari Harris to take an initial 7-0 lead, and then Harris threw a 23-yard scoring strike to Tomasz Zubrycki to put the Lowlanders ahead by two scores. They would miss the extra point, however, a miss that would prove crucial down the stretch.
Gdynia forced a punt to begin the second half, and then took the ball the length of the field on a drive that ended with a Terrance Owens 1-yard touchdown plunge on fourth-and-goal. That made the score 13-7, a tally that would not change until the final Seahawks possession. That pivotal drive began with less than two minutes remaining, and it ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Owens to Mazan. Przemysław Portalski's PAT gave the Seahawks the lead with just 11 ticks left.
The loss was a devastating one for the Lowlanders, who had a chance to play for Poland's championship in their home city on July 16. The Seahawks, on the other hand, will return to the championship game for the third consecutive season. SuperFinal XI will be a rematch of last year's final, which was won by the Seahawks 28-21. Gdynia also won the championship by the defeating the Panthers in 2014.
Seahawks (8-1): vs. Wrocław Panthers, SuperFinal XI, July 16 in Białystok
Lowlanders (4-5): Season complete