(photo credit: David Cohen/Courtesy)
Lobos defeated Big Blue 26-19 in the 18th Holyland Bowl at Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem on Saturday night.
In the premier game of a league-record, six-bowl weekend, most of Lobos's players were looking to avenge a loss to Big Blue in the 2006 Holyland Bowl.
The Lobos offense excited a crowd mostly in its favor with a handful of long passing plays in the first half, which led to all 26 of its points.
Big Blue, which scored 13 in the first half but still faced a 13-point halftime deficit, shut out the Lobos offense in the second period and moved the ball well for most of the 25 minutes, but could only produce six points as Lobos held on to claim the national men's flag football title.
Also last weekend, it was: Terem Bowl in memory of Dr. David Applebaum - BL&L Ligers 32, Tov Pizza 31; Koby Mandell Cup - Refa-na Meuchedet 26, Premier Gem 20; Koolanoo.com Bowl - METV 40, Cafe Rimon 0; FlyACake.com Bowl - Chrainzilla 27, Ziontours 24; and Heritage Affinity Bowl - Lev Aharon Jerusalem 24, Misha'an Plumbers/Pizza Sababa/z.z 14.
American Football in Israel president Steve Leibowitz, who - along with AFI commissioner Danny Gewirtz - founded the men's contact league in 1988, served as Master of Ceremonies all weekend and presented trophies to Lobos and other bowl-winning teams.
Dr. Joe Djamal of Terem was on hand late Saturday night for the final game of the 2006/07 men's contact league and presented the BL&L Ligers with the Terem Bowl in memory of Dr. David Applebaum trophy.
Leibowitz took the opportunity, with the hundreds of fans in attendance, to announce that, for the third straight year, Robert Kraft will be making a visit to the home of American Football in Israel. Last year, AFI hosted Kraft, the owner of the NFL's New England Patriots, and his team's star quarterback, Tom Brady.
Kraft and his family donated the $500,000 to build Kraft Family Stadium and install Fieldturf, the most advanced artificial playing surface in the world.
Captains meeting for spring high school league
A captains meeting for the Yosef Goodman High School AFI spring 2007 league will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 27 at Kraft Family Stadium.
The league's first games are scheduled for March 6, the day after Purim.
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