The IFL came back from a league-wide bye week with four games in a fun-filled weekend of football.
Jerusalem “Big Blue” Lions topped Jerusalem “Sarel Tours” Kings 86-60 in a record-setting game for scoring, while the Rebels, Pioneers and Underdogs all recorded victories.
The two Jerusalemite teams combined to set an IFL record for points by both teams with a mind-boggling 146 points. The Lions rushed for 10 touchdowns (four each by David Abell and Effi Mishaan) and the Kings enjoyed the production from Charlie Heller, who threw for 269 yards and six touchdowns, despite completing just 14/44 passes, and Binyamin Zirman who caught five passes for 133 yards and five TDs.
Rebels 44, Hammers 34
The Ramat HaSharon Hammers put a scare into the undefeated Judean “Orli Print” Rebels, taking an early 18-6 lead, but the Rebels pulled back ahead and kept the lead, though the Hammers threatened the entire game. The Judeans took a two-score lead with four minutes to go in the game on a Dani Eastman run, but Jonathan Curran’s run pulled the Hammers back to within one score, before the Rebels recovered the ensuing onside kick and Eastman ran in another TD to ice the game.
Avrami Farkas threw for 200 yards and four TDs, while Eastman caught two and ran for two, adding two interceptions on defense. Curran led the Hammers with 124 yards and three TDs passing, adding 66 yards and a score on the ground.
Pioneers 48, Troopers 20
The Tel Aviv “Hotel Gilgal” Pioneers overcame an early lead by the Petah Tikva “Glanelm” Troopers to coast to victory. Steve Markoe was under center for the Pios, throwing three touchdown passes, including two to Liran Karel, while Ari Wilen rushed for 75 yards and two scores. The Troopers kept it close in the first half but were overpowered in the second half despite five catches and a TD each from Dvir Argouan and Erez Maman.
Underdogs 53, Silverbacks 6
Haifa “Nemo’s” Underdogs’ Nimrod Smith and Amit Colton each caught two touchdown passes from Matt Kauffman, and Drew DeLozier added two field goals as Haifa cruised to victory over the Mazkeret Batya “RC Cola” Silverbacks. Ido Eisikovits pounded in the Silverbacks’ lone score with less than three minutes remaining in the contest, in a classic case of “too little, too late.”