Buzz Killers - 13 vs Blackfish - 6
Both teams looked a little sloppy early. The Buzz Killers were breaking in their second QB in two weeks and still have a lot to figure out on O. The weather conditions didn’t help as numerous players dropped easy completions in the first half. The first score actually came when Buzz Killer’s Niko Fernandez was able to jump a RB swing screen intended for Blackfish’s always dangerous Justin Lopez. He tipped it to himself, and with nobody in front of him was able to go 40 yrds untouched for a defensive TD. Blackfish rebounded though, and was able to move the ball on their second drive, working a variety of QB scrambles and hitting a couple WR’s and Lineman late in the scramble drill to keep the drive alive. They were able to get down to the goal line, and while a few penalties backed them up, they were still able to punch it in on a Paul Won pass. The conversion failed and the game was knotted at 6.
Buzz Killers and Blackfish traded offensive possessions for the rest of the first half, both getting into scoring position but unable to come up with scores. Justin Lopez and Paul Won were able to find some great connections as the game wore on, both on designed playes and QB scrambles. They were able to get down to the 10 yard line, but on fourth down, Matt Coombs was able to break up a jump ball to Louis Newsome giving the Buzz Killers hope. On the drive that counted Joe Dennison, Buzz Killers QB, was able to drive down the field and get into scoring position for the final 5 plays. The Buzz Killers offense was aided by some penalties and a phantom timeout that was hotly contested at the end of the game. Blackfish had 5 plays to get a stop and on the 4th play, facing a 4th and goal, Joe Dennison found Chris Rohrback for a game winning TD. He was able to tack on the PAT to Semisi Tokolahi and Blackfish wasn’t able to score on the final play of the game.
Timeout - 14 vs Chiefs - 0 -- forfeit
The Chiefs were still recovering from a playoff run that brought home the 9-man championship the day before and didn’t have enough players to field a team. Timeout was relieved to avoid playing in the pouring rain, but we don’t doubt this would have been a closely battled game. Timeout is not to far removed from their own 8v8 and 9v9 championship runs.
Navy City Metals - 20 vs Good Times - 14
Both these teams have strength in their O-Line. Navy City usually has a pretty balanced attack that mixes some runs with passes and a little bit of everything in-between. But with the weather conditions, the veteran team was forced to lean on their running game and Xaiver Chambers and their O-line was ready for the task. Navy City was able to keep the ground game going, punching two TD’s in on the ground before setting up a nice little play action pass to their right tackle, Mitch, for their Third TD of the first half.
Good Times was a little shell shocked, maybe still suffering from a 9-man hangover from the previous day, but the second half was a different story. Good Times was able to lean on the power of their own O-Line, and finally found their running game. Matt Jones was able to power into the endzone on the ground behind Adrian Duron and Rick Aholelei. Good Times was able to put a second score on the board when Joe Coates connected with Tyson Carter. They converted a 2pt conversion Matt Jones and were within 6 pts. Navy City was to strong though, letting their running game bleed out the rest of the clock and the remaining 5 plays to end the game.
Niko Fernandez - Buzz Killers : He opened the scoring up for Buzz Killers with a pick 6 and followed it up with a great concentration INT off a tipped ball getting both knees down before going out of bounds with control of the ball. A new player to the full field 8v8 style of play, but already making an impact.
Xavier Chambers - Navy City Metals : On a wet sloppy Sunday morning Navy City Metals relied heavily on their running game and Xavier Chambers to build a lead against a tough Good Times team and eventually kill the clock in the second half. Champers had 2 rushing TD’s and “Tons” of yards on the ground as Navy City Metals escaped with the win.
Honorable Mention - Justin Lopez - Blackfish : He made play after play, including a beautiful catch on the sideline in traffic while being tackled. He not only kept his feet but stayed in bounds and was able to add an additional 35yrds on the play after catch. It would have been a SC top 10….if only we had video of it.