Kings conquer Rebels, Hammers still smoking
It was another high-scoring weekend in the Kraft Family IFL, with a pair of big shutouts from the Tel Aviv squads.
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It was another high-scoring weekend in the Kraft Family IFL, with a pair of big
shutouts from the Tel Aviv squads, a Beersheba smackdown courtesy of the red-hot
Hammers and a great-to-the-last-drop duel in the Channuka Bowl.
Bourbon Street Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres played a pretty much perfect game in
cruising to an 84-0 triumph over the now 0-3 Petah Tikva Troopers on Saturday
night in Neve Golan. That followed Friday’s 66-0 conquest by the Clal Tel Aviv
Pioneers over the Northern Stars at TA University.
Week 5 got started
with the Hasharon Hammers improving to 4-0 on the campaign with a surprisingly
easy 68-14 home laugher over Travel Leaders’ Beersheba Black Swarm.
much as those three games provided plenty of individual accolades and standout
performances, from a competitive standpoint, none of those contests could hold a
candle to the ultra-tight affair that broke out in the capital on Thursday night
between the ISD Jerusalem Kings and Talpion Judean Rebels.
In perhaps the
finest Orange-Purple clash yet in the four-year history of the annual holiday
rivalry, the Kings held on for a dazzling 42-40 victory behind a relatively
staunch defense and a quick-fire offensive attack piloted by Eli Skolnick and
The two long-time rivals seem to be going in opposite
directions, with the Rebels falling to 1-3 and the Kings improving to 2-1 with
Nemo’s Haifa Underdogs coming to town this week in what should be a smashmouth
The Hammers, meanwhile, came into their match with the Black
Swarm looking to make a statement that their recent blowouts over a first and
second- year franchise were not merely the result of inferior opponents. By the
time the game in Ramat Hasharon was done, there remained no question as to
whether the Hammers are for real with their perfect 4-0 record.
Hammers now have a well-deserved break before visiting the Underdogs next
Saturday night, however Beersheba better regroup quickly if it wants to avoid
falling into a 1-4 hole when the 4-0 Sabres pay a visit this
Speaking of the Big Red Machine, they were in full throttle on
Saturday night against the Troopers, Adi Hakami tossed six touchdowns and seven
different Sabres made trips to the end-zone, three of whom had multi-TD
It wasn’t that TAJ tried at all to run up the score on Petah
Tikva, but just that it was having too much fun tossing around the football and
hitting people en route to a fourth consecutive double-digit conquest
establishing itself the team to beat heading into the second half of the
All in all, it was a insightful week across the IFL, with all
four victors making strong statements about where they are headed and all four
losing squads being sent a crystal-clear message that they will need to improve
drastically to accomplish their season goals, however those may vary from team
Either way, there is no time to sit back and catch a breath, as
the action gears up once again this week with a three-game slate for your pigskin
enjoyment. The Kings will host the Underdogs (2-2) on Thursday evening with a
late 9:30 kickoff at Kraft. The Big Blue Jerusalem Lions (2-1) travel up north
on Friday morning to face the Northern Stars (1-2), while the Black Swarm take
on the Sabres in the weekend finale on Saturday night in Beersheba.
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