Wolves Sweep Rhinos, Lions Swarm and Hammers Victorious in Israel's American Football Opener

The Wolves’ Kayla Grodner scored two impressive TDs for her team, The Jerusalem 'Big Blue' Lions got their three-peat title defense off to a good start with a 31-15 victory

Be'er Sheva running with the ball against Mazkeret Batya last weekend.
Gad Fogiel

The young Paige’s Lakers/Wolves were finally clickingas they won both games last weekend against Rashbag Rhinos 14-8 and 7-0 for its first two victories of the Women’s American Football in Israel (WAFI) season.

The Wolves’ Kayla Grodner scored two impressive TDs for her team, while TVA’s Deena Karger scored a TD for hers in the first game. Miriam Wolf caught a beautiful TD pass and extra point for the lone score in game two.

Undefeated Big Blue also won both its games to go a perfect 6-0, downing Just Not Fare 13-12 and 21-0. Big Blue rallied twice in game one, first matching a pick-6 by Racheli Abell with a TD by Daniella Brown, and then answering a TD pass from Shulamit Iram to Aliza Zalcman with an acrobatic scoring catch by Eli Baumol in the final minute of the game. In game two, Eli Baumol scored twice and Daniella Friedman added another score for Big Blue in the shutout.

Meanwhile, Judean Rebels split their games with Kosher Casual, which came out on top 13-6 with two TDs by Michal Alge and Penny Rabin, only to lose 13-7 in the latter match. In the first game, Tiferet Atkin scored a touchdown for the Rebels, while Shelby Atkin added the extra point. In game two the tables were turned, with Atkin and Rivka Weinberg making TD receptions for the winners, while Kosher Casuals’ points were scored by Michal Alge.

Elsewhere, Wildkatz and Eden’s Eagles played to two 6-6 ties. The first game saw TDs by Atara Hershberg of the Eagles and a Wildkatz TD by Jessica Zemble. Game two Avigail Schiff score for the Wildkatz.

The Jerusalem “Big Blue” Lions got their three-peat title defense off to a good start with a 31-15 victory at home over the Haifa “Nemo” Underdogs.

Big Blue lining up against Just Not Fare in their women's flag football contest this week.
AFI-American Football in Israel

The game itself was not as close as the final score might indicate, as the Lions jumped out to a 19-0 lead and never looked back.

The reigning most valuable player David Fitoussi had 15 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns for the victors.

Haifa tight end Amitai Chubinsky caught five passes for 78 yards and both of Haifa’s scores.

The Beersheva Black Swarm overcame a fourth-quarter deficit, reeling off 19 straight points, including a pick-six by defensive end Seena Abass, to take their season opener on the road, beating the host Mazkeret Batya “Fabio Sanitary” Silverbacks 26-13.

Rookie quarterback Ido Avni completed 14/27 passes for 171 yards and two scores, while his Silverback counterpart, Ido Eisikovits, had 11/23 for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

The Ramat HaSharon Hammers defeated the Beit Shemesh Judean Rebels 42-28, behind a strong running game lead by Danel Mityakov, who finished the game with 21 carries for 144 yards.

Hammers newcomer Barak Katzir caught three touchdown passes, as they pulled away late in the third quarter. Rebels’ rookie Yaakov Rabinowitz caught six passes for 133 yards and a score.