Beersheba Blackswarm vs. Jerusalem Kings 311.
(photo credit: Kim Bokeh)
Week 11 in the Kraft Family IFL was certainly a case of saving the best for
last, with a pair of mediocre blowout contests paving the way for the stunning
weekend-finale on Saturday night at Sapir College in Sderot, where the Travel
Leaders Beersheva Black Swarm outlasted the Papagaio Jerusalem Kings in a 46-40
Brandon MacDougald and Chen Doron each reached the endzone
three times, with Doron catching the gamewinning TD from Tal Avivi with just 13
seconds left to snatch a triumph from the clutches of defeat and improve the
Swarm’s season record to 2-5 and into control of their playoff
The Kings, who fought back throughout the smashmouth encounter
to go ahead by two points deep within the two-minute warning, just couldn’t
prevent the displaced hosts from mounting one final drive for a second conquest
over their South Division rivals – their only two victories of the
Eli Skolnik accounted for a mind-boggling six touchdowns (2
passing, 4 running), but his final score left too much time for the hosts to
march down the field and the Kings were forced to absorb a second straight loss
on a last-minute TD drive by their opponent.
“This one was a little too
close for comfort,” exclaimed Beersheva captain Amit Benvenisti. “We did a lot
of things right today offensively, but when the Kings scored there at the end,
there was dead silence on our sideline for a second. Luckily, we were able to
pull it out in the end thanks to some clutch performances from our playmakers.
Now, we just want to build on this win and notch a few more.”
games left in the regular-season, Travel Leaders now owns a one-game advantage
over Papagaio (1-6) for third place in their division, with the top three spots
earning a trip to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night in Holon,
the Arthur’s Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres romped over Leo Bloom’s Herzliya Hammers in a
68-12 thrashing that featured more heroics from TAJ signal-caller Adi Hakami,
who finished with 197 yards passing and five TDs through the air.
Hovav snagged a pair of acrobatic scores while Eric Spitzer had a pair of
touchdowns as well, on a fumble recovery and a reception, to propel the Sabres
back to the winners’ circle.
Herzliya (2-5) is now still just one game in
front of the Real Housing Haifa Underdogs for the final postseason spot in the
North Division after the Underdogs fell to 1-6 with a 34-6 defeat at the hands
of the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions in Yokne’am on Friday morning.
paced the Big Blue attack with two rushing touchdowns while Danny Brill and
Binyamin Shultz added scores of their own as the Lions (6-1) climbed back into a
tie atop the South standings with the Rebels, whom they face in a capital clash
on January 27.
This week sees another three-game slate in the IFL, with
the Sabres traveling up North to meet the Underdogs on Thursday night and the
Dancing Camel Tel Aviv Pioneers (4-3) hosting the Kings on Friday at TA
Saturday night features a matchup of 2-5 squads when the
Hammers entertain the Black Swarm in Holon, with both teams eyeing the contest
as a golden opportunity to record another all-important victory.For more
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