Jerusalem Lions Spoil Silverbacks’ Debut

The Jerusalem 'Big Blue' Lions spoiled the party for the Mazkeret Batya 'RC Cola' Silverbacks.

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The Lions’ David Abell making a reception.
The Lions’ David Abell making a reception. Credit: Gad Fogiel

The Jerusalem “Big Blue” Lions spoiled the party for the Mazkeret Batya “RC Cola” Silverbacks, who were hosting their first IFL game on their beautiful new field, with a 32-14 triumph.

Elsewhere, Judean “Orli Print” Rebels outlasted the Ramat HaSharon Hammers 44-30 in a tough battle last Thursday night, the Tel Aviv “Hotel Gilgal” Pioneers decimated the Jerusalem “Sarel Tours” Kings 74-14, and the Petah Tikva “Glanelm” Troopers downed the Be’er Sheva “Travel Leaders” Black Swarm 20-8.

At Mazkeret Batya, the Lions’ prevailed over a hungry home squad, which could still taste its very first victory from the previous week. The Silverbacks struck first with a quick end-around by Amit Hazi, but the Lions’s passing game struck back quickly and took control of the game.

Chaim Schiff completed 12/30 passes for 258 and 4 touchdowns yards but was plagued by his receivers dropping the ball, as the talented corps dropped at least 8 passes. Veteran captain Yoni Cooper lead the Lions’ defense with 12 tackles and Joe Glickman scored the other TD for the ‘Backs.

A tough battle was fought last Thursday night between two teams seen by most as early season favorites for the crown, the Rebels and the Hammers. Both passing attacks were on full display in Ramat HaSharon as the teams traded scores early and often. The Rebels pulled away in the second quarter and were able to hold on for their third straight victory.

Avrami Farkas lead the Rebels with 18/29 passing for 272 yards, 5 touchdowns and on interception, with Gideon Reiz catching 7 passes for 115 yards and three scores. For the Hammers, Jonathan Curran completed 13/22 passes for 222 yards and 3 scores, while adding 33 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

In Jerusalem, the Pioneers came to town and dominated the Kings, scoring touchdowns on all three sides of the ball. It certainly didn’t help matters that the Kings fumbled the ball nine times (losing five) and threw four interceptions. The Pioneers got defensive touchdowns from Asaf Katz, Tal Brown and Charles Gordon and a punt return TD from Elan Neiger in addition to 3 passing TDs from Adi Hakami to three different receivers, and three rushing TDs from three different players.

The only bright spots for the Kings were receiver Binyamin Zirman who caught both of QB Maayan Yazdi’s touchdown passes and linebacker Ami Noti who racked up 12 tackles including 3 tackles for loss.

In Petah Tikva, the Troopers came away with their first victory of the season with a 20-8 victory over the visiting Black Swarm. Neither offense was particularly impressive as each team scored defensively in a low-scoring game.

The Swarm got a safety when Idan Melchior sacked Trooper QB E.J. Glatt in the first quarter, while in the second quarter Amit Twig blocked a Be’er Sheva punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Dvir Argouan caught 9 out of Glatt’s 11 completions for 113 yards and both of Petah Tikva’s offensive scores. Joe Walton scored the love Beersheva TD on a reception from QB Dani Sterer.

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