Date: 09 Jul 2011
Home: Gliwice Lions - 27
Away: Ruda Slaska Warriors - 7
Lions win fifth straight to clinch division crown, beat Warriors 27-7
The Ruda Slaska Warriors made the short trip down the road to visit the division-leading and undefeated Gliwice Lions on Saturday afternoon knowing that the South Division title was probably on the line. They gave the Lions their toughest test of the 2011 season, but in the end the home team's defense was too good, allowing Gliwice to come away with a 27-7 victory and a guarantee of the number one postseason seed in the South.
Both offenses were sloppy for much of the game, although the Lions started well. They scored three times in the first half, taking a 21-0 lead at halftime. Dawid Krawczyk started things off with a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Tomasz Olczek followed that up with a punt return for a score shortly thereafter.
Marcel Kramarczyk's short interception return in the second quarter finished the first-half scoring. Kramarczyk actually scored a second time on an interception, although those points were negated by a penalty on the return.
Penalties also hurt the Gliwice offense during the second half, and they managed only two Szymon Bukowski field goals after the break. The Warriors got to within 24-7 in the third quarter when Andrzej Chojak hit Pawel Szmandra in the end zone, but three interceptions were their eventual undoing and they would not score again.
Prospects are still bright for the Warriors despite the loss, as their record reamins above .500 at 2-1. Ruda Slaska is in third place in the division, a game ahead of the Radom Rocks, their only likely potential threat for that last playoff spot. They play the Rocks in Ruda Slaska on July 24, the first in a set of three games on consecutive weekends for the Warriors. A win in that one would settle the lineup of playoff teams in the South.
Gliwice, on the other hand, is only a game away from finishing the regular season with a perfect record. Their opponent in that contest will also be the Rocks, in Gliwice on July 31. After that game the Lions will have more than a month to prepare for their semifinal game at home on September 4.