not even two-thirds of the way through the regular season and already
the action in the Kraft Family IFL is delightfully taking on a
A three-game weekend shook up the
standings once again as the Mike's Place Tel Aviv Sabres dodged a
bullet to remain in first place, while the depth from the capital was
showcased in impressive victories by both the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions
and Papagaio Jerusalem Kings.
It was a second straight conquest
for each of the three victors and all of the games continued a recent
pattern of tensely-fought battles being waged throughout the league.
of the contests were within six points or less at some stage of the
fourth quarter and the final result in two of them came down to the
Kicking off the festivities in a doubleheader
Thursday night under the lights, the Lions rode a pair of
four-touchdown performances from returning 2008 MVP Moshe Horowitz and
quarterback Itai Ashekenazi to outlast the Judean Rebels 70-48 before
the Kings dealt the Real Housing Haifa Underdogs their second straight
defeat in a 42-34 nail-biter that wasn't decided until the final minute.
Saturday in Modi'in, a flat and underwhelming Sabres' attack was held
for most of the night by an inspired defensive effort by the host
Dancing Camel Pioneers, and it took a pair of
third-quarter short TD scampers from QB Alex Trafton to bail out Tel
Aviv and allow them to escape with a league-first sixth triumph in a
The Lions-Rebels match quickly developed into a
cat-and-mouse game, with Big Blue rallying for three straight TDs
following a 50-yard weaving TD on the ground from Judea's Joe Martisius
for the night's first points.
Ashkenazi hooked up with Idan
Yaron for three more scores, including an acrobatic gem from the star
receiver to snatch back a touchdown from a sure interception.
in his first action of the season, started slowly but quickly heated up
and found the endzone three times in the second half to dash any hopes
of a comeback by the never-say-die Rebels.
In the nightcap, the Kings jumped out to a 22-0 lead before watching Haifa storm back to tie the game at 34 with 1:09 remaining.
Jon Rubin's second TD swung it back in the host's direction and a
Marshall Mullinax safety on the game's final play iced the victory and
brought Papagaio back to .500 at 3-3.
This week sees the Rebels (3-4) visit the Beersheva Black Swarm (0-6) for a Friday morning showdown of expansion franchises.
For more information and a complete 2009/10 schedule, please visit www.IFL.co.il.