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Jerusalem Kings Upset Hammers; Rebels and Pioneers Win Blowouts

The Hammers led 16-8 at halftime, and still led 22-14 near the end of the third quarter when the Kings launched their comeback.

Betzalel Friedman
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In Week 11, the Jerusalem Kings upset the Ramat Hasharon Hammers on the road 32-30, while the Judean Rebels defeated the Haifa Underdogs 72-16 and the Tel Aviv Pioneers beat the Northern Stars 68-0.

The Jerusalem Kings prevailed on the road against the favored Ramat Hasharon Hammers to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Four fourth-quarter touchdowns provided a wild and exciting finish, much like the wildcard match between these two teams just a year ago.

The Hammers led 16-8 at halftime, and still led 22-14 near the end of the third quarter when the Kings launched their comeback.

The Kings drove the field and Ofir Levi finished the drive in the end zone on a pitch, but the Kings couldn’t convert and the Hammers stayed ahead by 2. The royal defense forced a Hammer punt, and Zach Summy found Moshe Shor for a 50-yard bomb to put the Kings ahead for the first time with six minutes to go in the game, but Jonathan Curran took the ensuing kickoff to the house to reclaim the lead for Ramat Hasharon, 30-26. The Kings drove the field, and Summy and Ari Wajsbort connected for a TD pass with 2:45 to go to give the Kings the critical two-point lead. The Hammers, with time on the clock, started driving but couldn’t convert on fourth down and the Kings ran off the clock to give them the critical victory.

The Kings have two tough games remaining (Rebels and Lions) and need one more victory to make the playoffs. The Hammers can still get the #2 seed if they win out, which would include a win against the Lions. Unless the Rebels lose their remaining three games, top seed is out of the question for Ramat Hasharon.

Summy lead the victors with 21/31 passing for 187 yards and three TDs. Levi caught nine passes for 55 yards, Shor caught 6-84-1 and Wajsbort 4-25-2. Levi had a net of just one rushing yard, given the Kings penchant for pitches and runs from shotgun, but had two rushing TDs.

Judean Rebels 72,
Haifa Underdogs 16

The Haifa Underdogs drove up to Jerusalem to face the undefeated Judean Rebels on Thursday night knowing that they were in for a rough night, and they were able to keep the game close until the end of the first quarter before being blown out 72-16.

Avrami Farkas found Yisroel Barkany for a one-yard score and the Underdogs replied with a 35-yard pass from Matt Kauffman to Nimrod Smith just two minutes later, which gave the visitors their only lead of the game at 8-6. Jaymes Kine rushed in from 10 yards 90 seconds later, and after Dani Eastman intercepted Kauffman, Farkas found Kine for a score and a 20-8 lead to end the first period. The rout was on.

Farkas finished 15/23 for 157 yards and five TDs, and Kine went 3/5 for 38 yards in the air. Kine also rushed for 89 yards and a TD, and caught four passes for 42 yards and two TDs. Eastman rushed for 68 yards and three TDs, and caught two passes for 22 yards and a TD. Dan Weintraub caught seven balls for 79 yards and a TD.

Kauffman finished 13/25 for 135 yards, two TDs and one interception while being sacked six times. Evgeny Kryukov led the Underdogs rushers with 33 yards. Nimrod Smith had 29 yards on four carries plus catching four balls for 42 yards and a TD. Moshe Genon had five catches for 39 yards, and Breuer had four for 29 and a TD.

Tel Aviv Pioneers 68, Northern Stars 0

The Tel Aviv Pioneers hosted the Northern Stars and suffocated them from the start, with the Pioneers’ defense setting league records by holding the Stars to -77 rushing yards and -40 net yards on offense.

The Pioneers are currently in fourth place and have a shot at moving up in the seedings, although they will need to beat the Rebels to do so and will still need outside help.

Ron Angel finished 6/12 for 74 yards and three TDs for the victorious Pioneers, and Isaac Saslavsky had 48 yards and three TDs on six carries. Travis Mascitelli led the host receivers with three catches for 35 yards and a TD.

Friedman was an abysmal 3/22 passing for 34 yards and three interceptions.

Football field (illustrative).Credit: Dreamstime

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