Kozły Poznań 20, Bydgoszcz Archers 6 (in Bydgoszcz)
In a battle of two teams heading in opposite directions, Kozły Poznań made it back-to-back wins to open the season on Saturday, beating the home Bydgoszcz Archers 20-6. The loss for the Archers was made worse by an injury to quarterback Philip Villanueva. All the points in the game came in the second half, which was punctuated by a pair of Bartosz Woch touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
Jakub Widawski, who replaced Villanueva late in the second quarter, was unable to get the stagnant Archers offense going. Kozły had their own trouble scoring until Patryk Barczak finally took it in on a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Woch's double then gave Poznań a 20-point lead, with the clinching score being set up by an interception by Barczak's brother, Szymon. Bydgoszcz, who fell to 0-3, got on the board late on a long interception return by Mateusz Marciniak.
Łódzkie Wilki 35, Gliwice Lions 0 (in Łódź)
The Łódzkie Wilki bounced back from an opening game loss in a big way on Saturday, trouncing the Gliwice Lions 35-0 in Łódź. Quarterback Damian Waszczyk was the big star for the Wilki, running for a team-high 113 yards and tossing a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to Filip Pira. The Łódzkie defense also shone, recording three interceptions in sending the winless Lions to their second consecutive shutout defeat.
Rafał Zapart's 3-yard touchdown run opened the scoring in the first quarter, and Pira's first scoring grab doubled the advantage early in the second. A promising Gliwice drive near the two-minute warning was snuffed out at the goal line by a Julian Traczkowski interception, and the Wilki then quickly took control of the game with two more scores before the break. Waszczyk ran for a 30-yard score during that interval, and Borys Bednarek made sure there would be no comeback when he tacked on a short touchdown run in the third quarter.
Krakow Kings 26, Warsaw Dukes 20 (in Ząbki)
The Krakow Kings took advantage of three first-quarter turnovers by the Warsaw Dukes on Sunday to race out to a 26-point lead before hanging on the rest of the way for a 26-20 victory in Ząbki. It was the first home loss ever for the Dukes, who nearly pulled off one of the PLFA's biggest comebacks ever, falling just short on a Hail Mary on the game's final play.
The Kings turned short fields into scores after each of those three turnovers, with Wojciech Klonowski, Szymon Wesołowski and Filip Mościcki each putting points on the board through the ground game. Mościcki scored again before the first quarter was done, giving Krakow a 26-0 lead. A defensive score got Warsaw to within 26-6 at halftime, and Avery Neloms pulled the Dukes to within 6 points with a touchdown pass to Konrad Mariański and a touchdown run of his own before his final pass was batted down in the end zone.
Wyszków Rhinos 47, AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers 40 (in Wyszków)
The Wyszków Rhinos had trouble stopping the Olsztyn Lakers attack on Sunday, but Tyler Williams and the offense rose up to help to the Rhinos prevail in a 47-40 shootout in Wyszków. Williams ran for four touchdowns, including a pair of fourth-quarter scores that ultimately put the game out of reach, to go along with three first-half touchdown passes. It was the second win in three games for the Rhinos, who lost to the Lakers in last year's PLFA II semifinal round.
Williams got the Rhinos out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Antoni Podgórski and a 30-yarder to Bartosz Szymański. Jamar Dials threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half to keep the Lakers close, but Szymański struck again with a 25-yard touchdown reception just before halftime to make it 26-17. Wyszków led 33-24 after three quarters, and Williams scored twice in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, increasing the lead to 47-24 with a 60-yard burst. Przemysław Banat's 40-yard touchdown reception, his second score of the game, would later make it 47-40, but time would eventually run out on Olsztyn's comeback hopes.
PLFA I WEEK 4 SCHEDULE:
Sunday, April 9, 12:00 PM: Krakow Kings (2-0) vs. Łódzkie Wilki (1-1)
Sunday, April 9, 12:00 PM: Silesia Rebels (1-1) vs. Warsaw Dukes (2-1)
Saturday, April 8, 1:00 PM: Kozły Poznań (2-0) vs. Warsaw Sharks (2-0)
Sunday, April 9, 1:00 PM: AZS UWM Olsztyn Lakers (0-2) vs. Bydgoszcz Archers (0-3)