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Ramat Hasharon Still Undefeated, Whips Haifa Underdogs

Bezalel Friedman
The Rebel’s Dani Eastman reaching for the touchdown pylon
against Haifa during their semifinal matchup last week. Rick Blumsack
The Rebel’s Dani Eastman reaching for the touchdown pylon against Haifa during their semifinal matchup.Credit: Rick Blumsack
Bezalel Friedman

The Ramat Hasharon Hammers stayed perfect atop the Kraft Family Israel Football League standings, moving to 3-0 with a 25-14 victory over the Haifa Underdogs. Last Friday the Tel Aviv Pioneers got back to their winning ways with a dominating 56-9 victory over the Mazkeret Batya Silverbacks.

The Underdogs started off the game strongly by forcing a Hammers punt on two consecutive sacks by Rudy Rattner, then scoring on a touchdown run by Rattner on the ensuing drive, 8-0 Haifa. The Hammers countered with a touchdown pass by returning quarterback Jordan Curran to tight end Ido Eisikovits to tie the game up at 8. Hammers’ defensive back Matis Goldmeier forced a Rattner fumble and safety Amit Twig recovered for Ramat HaSharon. Gal Mesika hit a 37-yard field goal to start the second quarter. The offenses then dried up, leaving the halftime score 11-8 in the Hammers’ favor.

In the second half, Kauffman completed five straight passes, the last being a scoring strike to veteran Ran Breuer to retake the lead at 14-11. The teams exchanged punts before Curran found Mesika for a 48-yard touchdown pass, 18-14 Hammers. Haifa punted the ball away on the last play of the third quarter, and Landon found the end zone from 11 yards out with eight minutes to play to secure the victory, 25-14.

Curran completed 8/15 passes for 181 yards, 2 TDs and an interception. Landon rushed 21 times for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Mesika caught three passes for 112 yards and a TD. Matthew Obana led the defense with eight tackles.

Kauffman completed 20 of 31 passes for 214 yards, a score and an interception, while Rattner carried 17 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Harrison Duke-Fearnley led the defense with 11 tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble.

Pioneers back in form

Tel Aviv got back on the winning track with an easy victory over the visiting Silverbacks. The Pioneers took the lead on the visitors’ first possession after they went backwards 11 yards in three plays, resulting in a safety.

Yuval Fenta took five consecutive hand-offs, ending up in the end-zone for a 10-0 lead. After conceding a field goal, the Pioneers reeled off 40 consecutive points on another touchdown by Fenta, a keeper by Tel Aviv QB Steve Markoe, two touchdown receptions by Nimrod Pintel and another by Cameron Simmonds from Markoe, and a rushing touchdown by Simmonds.

Gal Dagan ran in the Silverbacks’ first touchdown right before the end of the third quarter before Daniel Domov ran in a Pioneer touchdown to close the scoring.

Markoe completed 13 of 20 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns as well as scoring on the ground. Fenta left the game during the second quarter having amassed 114 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Simmonds caught six passes for 65 yards and a TD, while Pintel caught five passes for 75 yards and two scores. Rahavi had six tackles, an interception and a sack.

Plotkin went 11 for 27, 153 yards and two picks. Levin caught four passes for 39 yards. Dagan lead a mostly futile rushing attack with 11 yards and a TD.

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