Israel Football League | Ramat Hasharon Hammers J’lem to Boost Playoff Chances

Judean Rebels annihilate Beer-Sheva Black Swarm, 56-2.

Gad Fogiel

Ramat Hasharon hammered Big Blue 54-30 to improve its odds for home field advantage in the playoffs, while the Rebels clinched a first-round bye and the Troopers claimed a rare victory in Israel Football League action last weekend.

The Ramat Hasharon Hammers (4-3) came away with a critical victory over the Jerusalem “Big Blue” Lions, which will help them in their quest to host a playoff game in March. Ramat Hasharon pulled away early behind two long scoring strikes from Jonathan Curran to Bar Rudich, and were able to play keep-away from the Lions despite a furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt lead by David Abell.

Curran threw for 133 yards and three TDs, while Rudich caught three balls for 99 yards and two scores. Arad Simon and Lior Goldberg lead the Hammer defense with seven tackles and six, respectively. Abell kept the Lions in it with nine receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns, plus 30 yards and a TD on the ground, while Neria Granevich registered 11 tackles for the Jerusalemites.

Rebels 56, Black Swarm 2

The Judean “Orli Print” Rebels stayed perfect and clinched a first-round bye by wiping out the visiting Be’er Sheva “Travel Leaders” Black Swarm. Avrami Farkas passed for 221 yards and five touchdowns, two each to Gideon Reiz and Dani Eastman, and the Rebels’ special teams scored three touchdowns – two on punt returns and one on a blocked field goal attempt. 

Aryeh Eastman had 15 tackles for the victorious Rebels, while Lotan Holtzer had four tackles and two sacks for the Swarm, including a sack of Farkas for a safety and the only Be’er Sheva points of the night. The victory moved the Rebels to 8-0, while Be’er Sheva fell to 3-4 with the loss.

Troopers 46, Silverbacks 26

Both teams came in with one win apiece, and the Petah Tikva “Glanelm” Troopers proved the more balanced team, which helped them come away with a 46-26 victory over the Mazkeret Batya “RC Cola” Silverbacks. Two first-half rushing touchdowns by Chris Daves propelled the Troopers to victory, and TD catches by Erez Maman and Dvir Argouan helped put the Silverbacks away late in the game, despite late scores by Amit Hazi and Maxim Levin.

E.J. Glatt had 122 yards and two aerial TDs for the Troopers, who are now 2-6, and Joe Glickman had a receiving TD and a rushing TD for the SIlverbacks, who dropped to 1-7.