Saturday morning started off with a little dew on the ground a few lingering clouds overhead, but for a few teams, the sun was already shining. Was this the week Young Life and the Renegades would get a win (both ended with a tie last week). Would Last Minute finally sucome in defeat to a hungrier team? Also, Power Rankings are coming out for the entire Seattle area, would this weeks games impact local rankings?
Onto the recaps.
Game of the Week
Last Minute - 14 vs Good Times - 6
Last Minute is defending champions of 9v9. They battled through Lenys Crew week 1, put away the defending 8v8 champs, Chiefs, in week 2 and had to battle it out with Good Times in week 3. This game was going to be a heavyweight fight, two boxers taking body blow after body blow. Both teams have strength in their O and D line. Both have good running games and mobile QB’s. Both have dynamic playmakers and both can play stout defense. What would give? Turns out the difference is turnovers.
The first half was exactly as people thought it would be. Two teams moving the ball with long, precise drives only to be foiled by a turnover or turnover on downs. Good Times got the ball moving, getting to about midfield, with a 3 & out, they lined up for a punt, the play went haywire and the ball took a bad bounce, ending with Last Minute taking possession on Good Time’s 40-yrd line. With short field to work with, Last Minute drove down the field and QB, Matt Kruse hit Jarret (Last name not provided) on a 5-yrd pass for a TD. The teams traded drives the rest of the half, with Last Minute threatening to score as the half wound down but failed to convert and the score was left 7-0 at half.
The second half saw the two teams trade scores, Good Times with a TD run from QB Jelani Jones, and Last Minute going to the air with a deep pass over the middle to Austin Huelett, who took it in for the score from the 25yrd line. The two teams slugged it out the rest of the second half, both relying on their strong O-Lines to control the ball. The Good Times O-Line looked to be taking control as the half dragged on. With under a minute to play, Good Times had the ball and need a TD with a 2pt conversion to tie the game. The drive started out well, but Last Minute’s defense started to take away the running game and forced Good Times to the air. Before Good Times could get into the Red Zone, Last Minute was able to come up with an INT and ice the victory.
While both O-Lines looked very strong, Last Minute was able to force Good Times away from their running game and came up with 4 INT’s when the ball was put in the air. This proved to be the difference, especially in the last few minutes of the game.
Lenys Crew - 35 vs Young Life - 0
Lenys Crew was on fire early. The turf was still wet from the dew and the sun had barely started to peek out, but Lenys Crew was shining. Starting with the ball, Lenys Crew got the ball rolling with a quick strike on a 40yrd bomb to Nick Weaver from Bryan Pomper. Young Life went 3 and out, punting to give Lenys Crew a short field again. Pomper tried to set up a double move with his WR, didn’t like it and tried to check off to his secondary option but it was to late, Young Life jumped the route and had the INT.
While it initially looked like Young Life might get a drive together with a few completions and a decent run play, a ball across the middle was undercut by a Lenys Crew LB and just like that, Lenys Crew was back in business. A more methodical drive down the field this time, led to a TD reception by Danny Cox. The ensuing Young Life drive ended much the same as the first, and Lenys quickly capitalized with a TD pass to Mat Davis. At the end of the half, Lenys Crew was up 21-0.
Lenys switched QB’s moving Bryan Pomper to WR for the second half. After a big defensive stop, the offense came on the field and after a few short passes and a run, Lenys Crew had another TD on the board, with a reception by Bryan Pomper in the back corner of the endzone. Young Life wasn’t able to muster much more in the second half, holding a short drive together with about 10 minutes to play. But Lenys Crews’ D was to much, eventually forcing a turnover on downs with about 8 minutes to go. Following a run by Casey Brevig and a failed screen play, Lenys Crew found Bryan Pomper in the back of the endzone, tight-roping the end line for his 5th and the final TD of the game.
The Renegades- 12 vs Chiefs -32
The Renegades continue to build on their positive momentum. The had some success last week moving the ball and continued to find some success this week gaining yards and sustaining drives. But the more veteran teams, like the Chiefs, find ways to score and eventually pulled away with the victory.
The Renegades received the kick and Justin Lopez took it back to just over midfield before he was pushed out of bounds. New anointed Renegades QB Gabe Coyne and Justin Lopez connected a few times to drive down the field before an interception stalled the drive. But the Renegades D played really strong and with an undermanned Chiefs team, Kelien Taylor, of the Renegades was able to secure an INT to give the ball back to the offense. A few key completions from the new QB and the Renegades were in scoring position. Gabe Coyne (QB) punched it in from a few yards out to give the Renegades the lead.
But, The Chiefs aren’t the defending champs because they roll over when things aren’t going perfect. A few key subs showed up and Chiefs QB Adam Kruse started connecting on downfield strikes, with two TD bombs to Vinny Bray, who quote, “Randy Moss’d um”. In addition to the offense starting to click for The Chiefs, the D started to shut it down, Adam Kruse came up pretty clutch with an INT that he pitched back, and, with some clutch blocks from Eric aka “Van the Man”, was taken to the house for a TD.
The Chiefs continued to pour it on in the second half, even with Justin Lucero, their smallest guy on the team filling in on the O-Line. The Renegads made a late surge, when QB Gabe Coyne connected with Nick Taylor to set up the second TD, but the momentum came to little too late, as the Chiefs had the game well in hand.
Player of the week: Bryan Pomper QB - Lenys Crew
After throwing 3 TD’s to 1 INT in the first half, he moved to WR and caught two more TD’s. One on a jump ball in the corner of the endzone and one while he dragged his feet on the back of the endzone to give him 5 TD’s on the day. Not a bad way to start off the weekend Bryan!