The Tychy Falcons finished off their perfect season in style on Saturday, outclassing the Wrocław Outlaws 54-21 in the PLFA I championship game in Tychy. Running back Jacek Wróblewski, who scored three times, was named the game's MVP. The victory was the tenth in ten tries this season for the Falcons, who averaged 59.9 points on offense during that stretch.
The 33-point defeat was the worst in the short history of the Outlaws, although, to their credit, they had never come up against such a powerful opponent in prior contests. The Falcons followed up their monumental 88-point offensive performance in the semifinals with their eighth 50-plus point tally, only failing to reach a half-century in their two divisional games against the AZS Silesia Rebels.
Keith Ray had four touchdown passes in the title game, starting the scoring with a 10-yard strike to Grzegorz Dominik on the opening drive. The Outlaws would then go ahead 9-6 with a field goal and a 21-yard Jarosław Stopczyński touchdown reception, before surrendering the lead on the first of Wróblewski's scores, a 5-yard scoring catch. That grab made it 12-9 after a quarter.
Wrocław took the lead back when Mariusz Górecki hit Tomasz Soska with a 43-yard bomb, but the Falcons would score the game's next three touchdowns to take a commanding 32-15 halftime lead. The key play in that sequence was a 75-yard punt return by LaParish Lewis that seemed to take much of the wind of the Outlaws' sails.
Górecki opened the second-half scoring with a short touchdown run, cutting the deficit to just 11 points, but once again the Tychy offense would respond in decisive fashion. Wróblewski's 30-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter gave the Falcons a seemingly insurmountable advantage, and his 45-yarder in the fourth quarter wrapped things up.
In one of the perks that goes along with celebrating a PLFA I championship, the Falcons earned automatic promotion to the Topliga, Poland's premier division, for the 2017 season. The Outlaws, meanwhile, still have a chance to join them there. To do so, they will need to defeat the 0-8 Kozły Poznań in the Topliga/PLFA I barrage game in Poznań on July 30.
REMAINING 2016 PLFA I SCHEDULE:
Topliga/PLFA I barrage, winner plays in Topliga in 2017
Saturday, July 30, Time TBA: Kozły Poznań (0-8) vs. Wrocław Outlaws (8-2)
PLFA I/PLFA II barrage, winner plays in PLFA I in 2017
Saturday, October 30, Time TBA: Lublin Tytani (0-8) vs. PLFA II team