THE TEL AVIV PIONEERS 311.
(photo credit: Amon Azmor)
Wildcard weekend stayed true to its billing in the Kraft Family IFL, with a pair
of plucky upstarts justifying their playoff spots, but the two favorites
ultimately coming through with landslide victories to set up mouthwatering
On Thursday night in the capital, after an early hiccup
the Gush Texas Judean Rebels juggernaut continued its recent roll with a 44-12
dispatching of the Travel Leaders Beersheva Black Swarm behind strong
performances from an array of shining stars.
The next day, the Dancing
Camel Tel Aviv Pioneers absorbed all that Leo Bloom’s Herzliya Hammers could
throw at it before finding a second wind and running away with a 50-16 home
triumph, all seven touchdowns coming on the ground.
put a scare into the North Division’s second seed in front of the bipartisan TA
University crowd – scoring first and even holding a lead late in the third
But buoyed by a crucial (and correctly called) free-kick
recovery by Jenya Glutzman, the Pioneers got three TDs from Dan Sherrof and a
pair apiece from Kobi Nimrod and Jarod Wallerstein to ward off the Hammers’
valiant challenge and earn a Saturday- night date in Neve Golan with the
reigning-champion Arthurs’ Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres.
Gush Texas, as well,
secured a third opportunity to tame the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions by relying on
what had worked for it all season long to neutralize Beersheva’s confidence and
Alex Swieca threw for three scores, while Joe Martisius,
Zack Miller and David Arshavsky each made multiple trips to the endzone as the
Rebels overcame a 6-0 deficit with seven of the next eight touchdowns to
overwhelm their Southern opponents.
Brandon McDougald and Koren Cohen got
to the house for the Swarm, but all too often the pair of playmakers were
stymied by the resurgent Rebels defense, led by Mordy Tryfus (14 tackles, fumble
recovery) and the Elayyan brothers (23 combined tackles).
definitely carried us in this one,” said Martisius, who maintained that this was
not a win that the Orangemen had taken for granted.
“We know we can put
up points, but for us to be playing this well on both sides of the ball makes us
that much more confident heading into another showdown with the
Indeed, Thursday night’s marquee clash at Kraft Stadium is sure
to set off all the fireworks.
Big Blue swept the regular-season meetings
between the clubs, but knows how tough it is to beat a tough opponent three
times in one year.
“You can’t call us the favorite in our semifinal
against the Rebels,” argued Jerusalem coach Yonah Mishaan. “Yes, we beat them
twice so far, but that was the regular season. Look at all their talent. For us
to beat them again would have to be considered something of an
Well, there is still a few more days of mind-games and posturing,
but come Thursday and Saturday, the war of words will be over and it will all be
left out on the field, with the pieces to fall as they may.
III; Sabres-Pioneers: The rubber-match! A more high-octane weekend the IFL has
It all starts at Kraft Stadium on Thursday at 8 p.m. Saturday
night, Neve Golan 9 p.m.
You don’t want to miss it!