Date: 04 Jun 2011
Home: Szczecin Husaria - 12
Away: Wielkopolska Fireballs - 6
Husaria finally score in fifth overtime to drop Fireballs 12-6
Husaria Szczecin and the 1. KFA Fireballs Wielkopolska played overtime on Saturday afternoon, and after neither team scored they played it again. And again. And again. And again, until finally Jacek Kepski ran in from 10 yards out to give Husaria a dramatic 12-6, five-overtime victory on a sweltering day in Szczecin.
The game was the first PLFA II regular season game ever to go into overtime, although the 3rd-place playoff game between the Bielawa Owls and Torpedy Lódz needed an extra frame to decide a winner. In fact, prior to Saturday’s game there had been four overtime games played in Polish history, and none of them needed even a second overtime to crown a winner.
It would be an understatement to say that defense ruled the day. Each team managed only one touchdown during regulation, with Szczecin scoring first on a 4-yard run by Kepski in the opening quarter. The Fireballs would not tie it until late in the fourth, when Przemyslaw Golebiewski scored from 14 yards out. The ensuing two-point conversion was successful, but it came from an illegal formation, forcing a re-try. The second attempt was no good, sending the game into overtime.
Both teams had their chances in the extra sessions. The Fireballs got as close as the Szczecin 2-yard line in the third overtime, but their fourth down play came up short, and Husaria missed a field goal and had another one blocked during the first four overtimes. Kepski scored on the second possession of the fifth, however, and the Husaria players poured onto the field to celebrate.
Szczecin is now 1-1 after the marathon victory, in a tie for third place in the PLFA II North Division. They will play one of the teams above them, the Plock Mustangs, in Plock on June 25 to try to make it two in a row. The Fireballs are winless in two starts this year, and they will get their next chance for their first 2011 victory at home against the division’s other winless team, the Warsaw Werewolves, on the same day.