Tel Aviv Pioneers 311.
(photo credit: Adlai Maschiach)
Week 6 in the Kraft Family IFL featured a trio of lopsided affairs, although
there were plenty of thrills and spills to keep the action entertaining despite
the 37-point average margin of victory over the three contests.
night saw the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions climb back on top of the South Division
with a convincing 36-6 home triumph over the Travel Leaders Beersheva Black
Itay Ashkenazi returned with gusto to take part in all five of his
team’s touchdowns and Binyamin Schultz continued to dazzle in his rookie
campaign with three more TDs as the three-time finalists overcame an early
Brandon McDounald score to notch their third victory in four
Friday at Tel Aviv University featured the Dancing Camel TA
Pioneers taking on Leo Bloom’s Herzliya Hammers in a Northern showdown, with the
hosts coming away with a 56-18 statement- making conquest over the precocious
Chaim Schiff threw three TDs – two on long-distance
deliveries to Yoni Rubin – while Shmuel O’Neil traded in his clipboard for
cleats to come out of “retirement” with a pair of scores and a fumble recovery
to propel the Pioneers back to .500 at 2-2.
“It feels so good to be back
in uniform. Playing is so much more fun than coaching, and to get a win like
this with the team – just a great day all around,” quipped O’Neil just before
the skies opened up.
The next night under the lights of a wildly windy
Wolfson, the Arthur’s Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres stayed unbeaten on the season with a
bang-it-out 54-12 blowout of the Real Housing Haifa Underdogs, another
precision-like outing in which the reigning champions swiftly executed their
allhands- on-deck game plan and outgained the now 0-4 Underdogs 249-18 in total
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The Papagaio Jerusalem Kings (1-3) and Gush Texas Judean Rebels
(3-1) each had bye this week, however both will be back in action in Week 7,
when the Rebels host the Black Swarm (1-3) in another Southern rivalry on
Thursday at Kraft Stadium and the Kings travel to the Sabres’ new digs in Neve
Golan on Saturday night.
Jerusalem Lions 36, Beersheva Black Swarm 6 Big
Blue’s Matan Lavi set the theme for the evening on the opening drive in the
capital when he lost the ultra-slippery ball on his very first carry to give
possession back to Beersheva.
McDounald would make the hosts pay with a
39-yard touchdown burst up the sidelines for the first points of the day and a
6-0 lead for the Swarm.
Unfortunately, that was the only cause for
celebration from the visitors’ sideline all night as the Lions’ 36 unanswered
points would plummet the secondyear team’s record to 1-3 after it opened the
season with a win.
Tel Aviv Pioneers 56, Herzliya Hammers 18 In the
absence of key contributors Shabby Shavit and Ady Totah, the Hammers committed
five turnovers to Tel Aviv’s two, although the Pioneers were ultra-hungry to
show the expansion franchise who’s boss and ran away with it early.
Pioneers had 217 yards rushing on 43 attempts for over five yards a carry,
racking up almost 400 total yards of offense.
The Hammers also compiled
324 net yards, although 126 of those were on a half-dozen kickoff returns after
Tel Aviv touchdowns, not the type of yardage teams typically enjoy.
Aviv/Jaffa Sabres 54, Haifa Underdogs 12 The Sabres completed the weekend string
of blowouts with a smothering conquest of Haifa, who is still in search of its
first victory of the season.
The Underdogs barely moved the ball all
night and the disparity in total offense would have been much larger if not for
the 126 yards in penalties assessed to the Sabres.
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