Israeli Football: Pioneers Beat Rebels on Rainy Weekend

Hammers shut out Silverbacks 28-0.

Betzalel Friedman
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Action from last weekend's AFI flag football league.
Action from last weekend's AFI flag football league.Credit: AFI Media
Betzalel Friedman

The two rainy weekend IFL games ended in victories for the home teams. Last Thursday night, the Ramat Hasharon Hammers shut out the Mazkeret Batya “Pointer” Silverbacks 28-0, and on Friday morning the Tel Aviv Pioneers beat the Judean Rebels 46-28.

The Hammers built a 14-0 halftime lead on a quarterback sneak by Jordan Curran and a TD pass to former Silverbacks QB Ido Eisikovits. After the break Curran ran in another score and David Weitzman took a pitch to the end zone on the first drive of the fourth quarter.

Uria Loberbom knocked down a Mickey Jules fourth-down pass, and the teams exchanged turnovers on downs before Ofri Launer intercepted a Curran pass. Goldmeier broke up the ‘Backs final fourth-down attempt.

Curran completed 10/15 passes for 140 yards, a TD and an interception, adding 35 yards and two scores rushing. Eisikovits caught career highs of eight passes and 109 yards for a TD, and Ben Landon rushed for 41 yards. Loberbom finished with seven tackles.

For the Silverbacks, Jules completed 4/20 passes for 44 yards and two picks and Gal Dagan rushed 10 times for 71 yards. Samuely finished with nine tackles and a sack.

Tel Aviv overcame an early 14-0 deficit in its victory over the Judean Rebels.

After Avi Landesman made a touchdown run, 8-0 Rebels and Chaim Aaron, following a successful onside kick, ran in a score as the second quarter got underway, the Pioneers got back into the game on a fourth-down TD pass from Cameron Simmonds to Nadav Navon to pull within 14-8. A Yuval Fenta TD put the Pioneers up for good at 16-14. A miscommunication on a Judean fourth down gave the Pioneers great field position and Fenta immediately converted for a 24-14 halftime lead.

Fenta’s third touchdown run stretched the lead to 18 points. Aaron passed to Yoel Hughes to make the score 32-20, but Fenta answered with another score (38-20). Aaron ran for a score right before the end of the third, 38-28, but Fenta ran for his fifth TD of the day with five minutes to play to seal the deal for the Pios.

Fenta rushed 23 times for 183 yards and five scores. Simmonds completed 3/7 passes for 18 yards and a score. Or Shalom, Asaf Katz and Zvi Weinberg registered seven tackles each.

Aaron and Jeff Balaban combined for 11/23 passing for 149 yards, a TD and a pick. Hughes caught 4-44-1. Eran Roi led the defense with six tackles and a sack.

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