So week 7 is in the books and there were a couple of great games played. I also think it’s very positive that (even though there was one game ended early) each team scored one touchdown, and even 7 of the 8 managed two touchdowns. Offense for the win!
And my thanks go out to Bart Killens, Kim Jolie and Mathias Lagae for their help describing the game in Sint-Agatha.
There has been some news – the Izegem Tribes have handed in their 3 nominations of players to go to the Combine. However, the names will remain a bit of a secret for now. We’ve asked that all nominations from the teams are handed in by May 1. After that, we’ll make our selections as well and the players will be informed individually. Only then will the list of players be posted for everyone to see.
In other, non-Barbarians related news, the Fighting Turtles are on the move. They’re now known as the Grez-Doiceau Fighting Turtles. We’ll have conformation soon if their home game this Sunday will be played at their new field, but it looks likely.
Gent Gators 56 – Limburg Shotguns 6
So I’m not going to enter into the ‘mercy rule’ debate again, but this game was ended early as the Gators lead the game by 50 points after RB Cocquyt scored on the ground in the third quarter.
This game was all Gent. WR Lezy did something that I don’t really recall happening before. Not only did he score a hat-trick of touchdowns, but it was a “natural hat-trick” at that (that is, three touchdowns by the same person in the same quarter with no other touchdowns in between). The quarter was the first, and half way through it the score was Lezy 18 – Shotguns 0.
QB Killens had a sweet day at the office, firing 5 touchdowns in total, WR De Ruyter and RB Cocquyt caught the other two. The other majors were made by RB Mankusa with two scores on the ground and also by S E Piqueur on a 60 yard interception return.
The Shotguns only score came on a long pass to WR Moore but there was just too little of it to have an influence on the game.
Puurs Titans 14 – Brussels Bulls 13
Sure sounds like it was a real barn-burner at Sint-Agatha, coming right down to the wire. But it didn’t start very well for the Titans. They fumbled on their second play from scrimmage, the ball was picked up by S Mees and he returned it all the way for a touchdown and the extra point was good, 7-0 Bulls.
The Titans response would be swift. A couple of plays later, RB Kabongo takes a sweep right, finds some room and is gone. The extra point is no good so the Bulls lead 7-6. But they’d extend that lead not long after. A long drive would end up in the Titans endzone, although crucially the two point conversion was no good and they were then up 13-6.
Puurs tried to respond but were forced to punt, P Lagae managing to have his punt downed at the 1-yard line. The next play from scrimmage the Bulls were stuffed in their own endzone for a safety, 13-8 Bulls.
There was a bit of back and forward then but the Titans recovered a Bulls fumble to give themselves a short field and eventually RB Steenackers scored from 3 yards away to make it 14-13 just before half time.
The second half was more of a defensive struggle, but the Titans had a good drive down into the redzone but they were stopped there. The Bulls would make one last attempt to win the game, driving down to about the 20-yard line of the Titans, but the field goal attempt would be blocked by DE Van Put. A couple of knees later and the upset was complete!
Brussels Black Angels 20 – Ostend Pirates 14
This one turned into a great game, a bit sloppy in parts with turnovers but really competitive. It would be the Pirates who would open the scoring, after an interception they had good field position and it was that old combination, QB Vermaut (8/31, 118 yards, 2 td, 3 int) to TE Brutyn (4 catches, 66 yards, 1 td) for the first touchdown, and after the extra point from K Laleman it was 7-0 after the first quarter. The Black Angels answered emphatically with a bustling 25-yard touchdown run from last years’s MVP HB Banza (18 rush, 106 yards, 2 td) and just like that the scores were tied at 7 and that’s the way the teams entered half time.
Brussels got on top in the third quarter, intercepting QB Vermaut twice and scoring on a pass from QB T Bouron to WR #85. And then on a drive that started in the third quarter but was finished in the fourth, HB Banza scored again on another bruising run to put the Angels up 20-7 and things looked grim for the Pirates.
And it only got worse when Angels CB Delaisse made his second pick of the game. But the Pirates defense would step up and force three straight three-and-outs for Brussels.
QB Vermaut found WR Laleman (2 catches, 43 yards, 1 td) across the middle for a nice touchdown to bring it back to 20-14 and they got the ball back and took it to midfield but could get no further, on fourth down LB Dosunmu made a sack and the game was over.
The Black Angels outgained the Pirates 180-160. For Brussels defense, CB Delaisse had 7 tackles, 2 for a loss and 2 interceptions. For the Pirates, LB Van Hee had 8.5 tackles, and LB Debaillie also had 8.5 tackles, but also 4.5 were for a loss and 1 sack.
Leuven Lions 44 – Izegem Tribes 14
The first thing that I’d like to say about this is that I didn’t get the stats in the last quarter – it started raining and rain doesn’t mix well with the paper I write stuff down on. But the numbers will tell their story, complete or not.
The Lions opened up with a heavy dose of RB Van Vlasselaer (25 rush, 96 yards, 2 td) on their opening drive of 10 plays and 55 yards, and he ended up capping it with a 1-yard plunge.
Their second drive was the total opposite. QB Baete dropped back on the first play and looked to pass, found nothing, and then ran it himself 75 yards for a score, and suddenly the score was 13-0 at the quarter and it wasn’t looking good for the Tribes.
But they’d turn it around on a long drive of their own, QB Huysman also showed his speed around the edge for 25 yards before sneaking it into the endzone on the next play to make it 13-7 and things were looking up.
At least until QB Baete broke contain again and scampered up the sideline, dodging and spinning his way into the endzone, this time for 55 yards. He even managed to find time to throw a touchdown pass to WR Sakyi-Gyinae just before the half to make it 26-7 at the long break.
The third quarter was much the same, Van Vlasselaer and Baete running around and the Tribes chasing after them. The Tribes were forced to go with their back-up QB Pype, and he had a little success but did manage to get himself outside and bust it all the way to the endzone for a 50-something yard run as well.
The Lions outgained the Tribes 360-96 (don’t forget that this doesn’t include the 4th quarter – if I had to guess it was probably about 450-180 for the whole game). On the Lions defense, LB Rochette had 6.5 tackles where 2 were for a loss, and LB Caelenberghe had another 6 tackles. For the Tribes both LB Veryser and LB Van Marcke had 6 tackles, with 1 for a loss.
Players of the Week
Lions QB Baete : 4/12, 73 yards, 2 td. 9 rush, 191 yards, 2 td
Black Angels CB Delaisse : 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 int
Pirates LB Debaillie : 8.5 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Tribes LT Vanhauwere : As well as playing great left tackle, he had 3.5 tackles and this…
Play of the Week
Tribes T Vanhauwere recovers an onside kick, but he doesn’t go to ground like a normal offensive lineman. He starts running it back, smashing a couple of Lions to the ground before being tripped up after an 8 yard gain.
Quote of the Week
“You should write that in your blog” – Tribes assistant coach, Benedict Verheyen
I hadn’t seen Bene for a while and he asked me how my daughter was doing. My daughter, Mai, is now 7 and does gym lessons. She trains 3 times per week, each session lasts 3 hours.
When the football games are over sometimes I listen to what the coaches have to say to their players. Mostly when I’m around the losing team’s huddle I hear the coach almost begging for people to please show up to training. When I told Bene how much Mai has to train he then gave the quote.
C’Mon Man of the Week
I could be specific about this but I’ll keep it general because it happens so often and it’s so ridiculous.
If you are on the punt return team, and you hear people yell “fire!”, then you are supposed to GET THE HELL AWAY FROM THE DAMN FOOTBALL! Don’t touch it, don’t follow it, don’t go anywhere near the thing.
As the Barbarians Special Teams Coördinator, the only thing I have to say about it is this – C’Mon Man!
12pm @ Waterloo : Liege Monarchs (1-1) vs Tournai Phoenix (0-1)
I was pretty impressed with the Monarchs against the Turtles, they probably should have won. But now they’ve got to re-focus themselves on the Phoenix, who have had a month to make adjustments and get ready for this game after being clubbed by the Warriors last time around.
Prediction : I expect a more solid Tournai team on the field this time, but I can’t see them being able to win against Liege. Monarchs 28 – Phoenix 6
3pm @ Waterloo : Charleroi Coal Miners (0-3) vs Waterloo Warriors (1-0)
Charleroi come off a pummeling at the hands of the Tigers and now they’re faced with a Warriors team in good form too. I’m sure the Warriors won’t be looking past this game, but in the back of their minds will be the fact that they play the Tigers themselves in their next game.
Prediction : Waterloo will be too strong all over the field for Charleroi to be able to contain for much of the game. Warriors 44 – Coal Miners 0
2pm @ Grez-Doiceau (probably) : Brussels Tigers (1-0) vs Grez-Doiceau Fighting Turtles (2-0)
This has been the big game in the LFFAB for the last few years, and this time the game should be played at The Lair (isn’t that what the Ninja Turtles used to call their base? It’s been a long time). Anyway the Turtles will definitely be looking to knock off the Tigers and move to 3-0 and take a stranglehold of the LFFAB, but their offensive line will have to stand up to the pressure of the Tigers’ front seven.
On the other hand, the Tigers haven’t faced a challenge like this since they won the Belgian Bowl, and the question will be if they’re ready for it.
Prediction : This should be a good game, I think the Tigers will eventually be able to overwhelm the Turtles, but they’ll sure get a good fight. Tigers 30 – Turtles 17
I quite enjoyed myself on Sunday, with good football and the first nominations for the Barbarians. Let’s hope that that trend continues this weekend as well! Until then