A thrilling end to the AFI Men’s Flag Football League round-robin stage concluded this stage of the playoffs, as several teams saw their dreams live on while others were forced to drop down a level. The sheer number of close games was astounding, proving the league’s parity this year.
The playoff brackets are set, with the Imrei Cobras as #1 seed, having coasted through with blowout wins over the Clippers and Startup Center. Big Blue is #2 and gets saddled with a much tougher draw – it’s set for a confrontation with Briut Modi’in Thundermuffins in the quarterfinals.
A few highlights from the round-robin stage: Joey’s Boys came within inches of the top tier, but were defeated 44-38 by DEC in triple overtime in a week 2 thriller. The following week, Yaakov Marmor found Mendy Duftler for the winning score with no time left as Shimon Swizzies knocked Joey’s Boys into Tier Two in agonizing fashion.
The Merger moved to Tier One when Toras Chaim went for two points with no time left and failed. The God Squad scored with a minute left and then used a goal-line interception by Joey Spierer to knock OJ into Tier Three. And Mishaan Levits Plumbing knocked off Oscawana Lake Indians when backup QB Josh Hasten found Natan Schwartz in the back of the end zone with almost no time left, to provide the difference in the game.
Plumbers, Metro Yachad still leading divisions
Mishaan Plumbers sit at 8-0 after thrashing TVA 38-0 this past week, keeping pace with Big Blue and leading one of the WAFI Women’s Flag Football League divisions by half a game. The other division is led by Metro Yachad, who, despite losing their undefeated record last week after falling to Big Blue, still sit at 6-1 after taking out Ziontours 27-6.
Other action this week saw Paige’s Lakers defeat Lindenbombers; Eden’s Eagles take out Coney Island Warriors; Big Blue defeat Michdonalds; Sharfman’s Flatter Football gaining a first win with a 12-0 shutout of Bitach Exchange; Wildkatz shutting out New York Bake Shop; and Harova beating Eden’s Eagles by a touchdown, 21-14.
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