Semi-Final 1 - #2 Timeout -26 vs #3 Lenys Crew -20
The game was a battle of offenses, as two of the top QB’s in the league got into a shoot out. Lenys Crew struggled with the short balls, with WR’s dropping some early down passes and forcing the O behind the chains. However, Bryan Pomper was able to connect on some long timing routes to keep drives alive and eventually got the scoring started with a pass down the sideline to Drew Blackmon.
Timeout on the other hand was much more methodical about their drives, using lineman dump routes to extend drives and march down to the goal-line. Ultimately utilizing their O-Lineman, Dominic Parker and Kyle Berns, to put points on the board. Lenys was able to get a couple more scores on the board with a TD reception by Mat Davis and Conley White, but Timeout held that pace. Timeout QB Erik Simonson was able to connect with Greg Prator for two long TD passes late in the game to hold off Lenys Crew late rally and advance to the championship game.
Semi-Final 2 - #1 Blue & Green -8 vs #4 Navy City Metals -12
The game played out very similar to the week 1 matchup between these two teams. In week 1, the lights got cut off before the final 5 plays and Blue & Green lost by 6. With a day game no lights were going to interfere with this game. Blue and Green was undermanned this week with little O & D line and without their spread QB and regular season MVP, Ellison Tran. Blue & Green didn’t hold back though, getting on the board on a deep TD pass up the sideline from Kelton Hall to Bernard Blouser. The 2pt conversion was good and Navy City would have to come back to get the W.
Navy City Metals stuck to their running game, really working Xavier Chambers between the tackles and keeping long drives going. Navy City got onto the board with a TD pass to John Bennett but the conversion failed. Both teams battled it out on D, trading possessions most of the rest of the game. Similar to the first matchup, Navy City Metals came up with a scoring drive when it mattered, marching down to the goal line before connecting with their O-Lineman Steve, for the go ahead TD. Blue & Green had one final drive to take the lead, this time no lights could cut out. But their offense didn’t have enough punch and Navy City advanced to the championship game.
Timeout -14 vs Navy City Metals -6
The championship game was a defensive slugfest. Both teams relied on long sustained drives to try to keep the other teams offense off the field. Timeout was able to convert on 3rd and short situations with timely lineman completions and extended drives. After trading some possessions, Timeout was able to get on the board by hitting Jon Bonn in the middle of the field. Jon was able to dodge a flag pull and get into the endzone. Jon was also on the receiving end of a 1pt conversion, pulling TImeout ahead 7-0.
Navy City Metals was able to keep drives alive as well, by hitting short routes, using a multitude of WRs, Bennett, Andy, Malcom and Xaiver respectively. With a strong O-Line Navy City Metals was able to drive down to the goal line and had a chance to score, but a tipped pass led to an INT by Timeout, and ended the drive. Neither team was able to score again in the half and the score was 7-0 at halftime.
The two teams traded possessions to start the half with Timeout eventually getting a scoring drive together with about 5-minutes left in the game. Erik Simonson hit Chris Faucette for a 30yrd TD but the conversion failed and Timeout was only holding a 13-0 lead.
Navy City Metals pulled together a great drive using the sideline to keep the clock in their favor and marched into scoring position. Sio Fakatoufifita connected with Milt Meyers for a 25yrd TD pass with about 1 minute left to 5 plays. If their defense could hold they would have a chance for a few plays. But Timeout again found a way to convert and kept their final drive alive, getting under 5-plays and sealing the game.
Congrats to both teams for a great season. Neither team had played in full field formats in a few years and showed that they hadn’t lost a step. Timeout comes up with a big W in the championship game but take nothing away from Navy City Metals. They were the league leader for much of the season and set the competitive bar for the league.
Greg Prator - Timeout : He had 2 TD catches in the semi-final game and numerous catches all day that allowed Timeout to keep the chains moving. Some of his most impressive catches were the short “easy” ones that Greg was able to turn into much larger gains by avoiding some flag pulls and getting significant yards after the catch YAC.