BFL action was live from Liege on Sunday, and the Football Gods provided the appropriate weather, the first game gloomy with dark skies, and the second game warm and sunny. Let’s see what happened.
Brussels Tigers 58 – Charleroi Coal Miners 0
I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to say about this game. If there was ever an argument for playing in two divisions (major league and development league, perhaps?), then this was it. Don’t get me wrong, the Coal Miners tried, but they weren’t able to get much done, football-wise.
The Tigers pretty much just went into their offensive huddle and decided who was going to score the next touchdown. WR #20 had the best time of it, scoring 3 touchdowns and 3 two point conversions by my reckoning.
The Football Princess (WR Viola) managed to score as well, catching a two-point conversion that took the score to 50-0, which is of course the point that an FAFL game would have ended. I recommend that the LFFAB do the same in the future, because I don’t see how this is helping the Miners develop, and I don’t see how this is helping the Tigers improve either.
Anyway, the bottom line is that the Tigers have made their debut in 2014 and they look like having yet another great season.
Mont-Saint-Guibert Fighting Turtles 29 – Liege Monarchs 22
Well I admit that I was fairly wrong about this one, I kind of figured that the Turtles would walk over the Monarchs but that was far from true.
In fact it was the home team who scored first with a bit of trickeration in the second quarter, the old WR reverse pass from #4 found a wide open WR #30 who walked in for a touchdown, and then the Monarchs converted with a run from QB #15 (13/28, 84 yards, 2 td, 2 int – 9 rush, 50 yards) and it was 8-0.
It wouldn’t take the Turtles long to get on the board themselves, actually it was their next play from scrimmage, QB Firszt (13/23, 213 yards, 2 td, 2 int) found a streaking WR Dejehet for 66 yards and 6 points. The conversion made it 8-7 Monarchs and that’s the way it would stay until half time.
The Fighting Turtles came out in the third quarter and scored on their first possession, RB Elias (5 rush, 13 yards, 2 td) finishing off from 2 yards away, and a field goal later the Turtles were up 16-8 heading into the final frame, seemingly in control. But then all hell broke loose.
A long Monarchs drive ended in a touchdown when QB #15 found WR #17 (5 catches, 29 yards, 1 td) on a short pass which made it 16-14 Turtles. MSG’s next play from scrimmage was intercepted by CB #20, and a couple of short passes later WR #4 had caught a touchdown, and WR #81 caught the two point conversion and the Monarchs led 22-16.
When QB Firszt was intercepted again things looked grim for the Turtles but their defense stiffened and Liege couldn’t move the football any more. TE Schoonheyt caught a pass across the middle, bounced off a defender and scored, with the conversion it was 23-22 Turtles. Again the Monarchs couldn’t go anywhere, failing a fourth down attempt, which left a very short field for the Turtles, and RB Elias sealed the deal from 6 yards away and the final score was set, 29-22.
The Turtles outgained the Monarchs 242-199, but both teams seemed to be constantly hurting themselves with penalties.
On the Turtles defense, LB #42 Duga had 7 tackles, including 3 for a loss, while S Maris had 5 tackles and 1 interception before getting himself ejected.
For the Monarchs, their best defensive effort came from LB #56 with 6 tackles (and at least 3 more that were voided by penalties).
Players of the week
Turtles TE Schoonheyt – 6 catches, 94 yards, 1 td
Tigers WR #20 – 3 td, 3 2xp
Turtles LB Duga – 7 tackles, 3 tfl
Play of the week
Coal Miners LB #54 surprised everyone on the sidelines by making a leaping one-handed interception against the Tigers.
Quote of the week
“How do I place this?” – the Brussels Tigers (back-up, I may assume) kicker didn’t have much experience with the kicking tee during the game against the Coal Miners
C’Mon man of the week
Whoever made the event of the Liege gameday had better look at the actual location of the field. The address given was actually right in the middle of Liege, rather than at the field itself. Hence, we were late arriving. C’Mon man!
@ St-Agatha, 12pm – Gent Gators (3-0) vs Limburg Shotguns (1-2)
When people think of the Gators they think of them spreading the field and taking to the air. But don’t forget about their defense. Their last two games (against the Bulls and Tribes), they’ve given up 91 yards total offense. Not per game, but 91 yards total.
Limburg have struggled to move the ball consistently and will need to improve all over the field if they want to compete.
Prediction – Gent play fast and this game is to be played on the fastest field in the country. I don’t like to predict forfeit scores, so I won’t, but it’ll be close to that. Gators 46 – Shotguns 0.
@ St-Agatha, 3pm – Brussels Bulls (1-1) vs Puurs Titans (1-1)
Now here’s a match-up with a twist. One of the Titans defensive linemen has left the team and joined with the Bulls, so I’m sure that they’ll be trying to make a point to him. The Bulls offense looked much better against the Shotguns and they’ll want to stay in the flow for this game, but we all know that the Titans can sure play defense. So can the Bulls, however.
Prediction – The Titans need to get the ball to their receivers in space, but the question is if they’re capable of doing it or not. Bulls 22 – Titans 6
@ Leuven, 12pm – Brussels Black Angels (2-1) vs Ostend Pirates (1-0)
This should be a game where we’ll learn a lot. The Pirates face a strong test in the Black Angels, and they’ll want to continue their winning ways. The Angels have won their last two as well, and won’t want to drop to 2-2. Brussels have plenty of power, but believe me, there are quite a few players on the Pirates roster who know a thing or two about toturing the Black Angels.
Prediction – The real question is how will the young guys from the Pirates shape up against a quality opposition. I think they’ll do alright, but I still expect Brussels to win. Black Angels 27 – Pirates 14
@ Leuven, 3pm – Leuven Lions (1-1) vs Izegem Tribes (0-1)
Here’s another interesting one. Both teams have young, mobile quarterbacks who will need to be contained by the opposing defenses. The Tribes gave the Gators trouble at the beginning of the game, and their offensive line is pretty good too. The Lions made a good fist of it against the Angels and if their receivers get on the same page as their quarterback then they’ll do some damage.
Prediction – This could be a most entertaining game, with plenty of speed out on the field, but I think the Lions at home will do just a bit more. Lions 26 – Tribes 14
So we think that pretty much all teams have been informed about the player selection procedure. Now it’s just a waiting game until the nominations roll in.
I’m definitely looking forward to some excitement in Leuven, I think we’ll see two great games with plenty of action. Don’t forget to like and comment so we’ll have a mailbag on Thursday, otherwise it’ll just be the rankings. Until then