Date: 24 Mar 2013
Home: Warsaw Spartans - 0
Away: Gdynia Seahawks - 48
Retooled Seahawks offense scores 48 in shutout victory over Spartans
For their Topliga debut, the Warsaw Spartans were given the unenviable task of playing Poland's defending champions on Sunday afternoon. The final scoreline of 48-0 in favor of the visiting Gdynia Seahawks did not quite do justice to how well the Spartans played, although there was never really any doubt as to the final outcome as the game progressed.
Playing their first game without Kyle McMahon, Josh Le Duc and Jeff George Jr., the Seahawks showed that the loss of those key title contributors would make them no less of a contender to repeat their championship run. New quarterback Ferni Garza, PLFA veteran receiver Jeremy Dixon and linebacker Terrence Thomas all played well in the victory.
Gdynia's core of Polish players, one of the best in the country, represented themselves well. Pawel Pilchowski scored two touchdowns for the Seahawks, as did former PLFA MVP Sebastian Krzysztofek. Still, it was Garza and Dixon who stole the show, hooking up for three touchdowns of 35 yards or more. Garza threw for a total of four touchdowns during the game.
The Spartans had chances to score, especially in the first half, but the Gdynia defense stood tall each time Warsaw approached the red zone. Canadian cornerback Peter Plesa had two interceptions for the Seahawks, who were able to get most of their squad into the game during the second half. Spartans backup quarterback Tomasz Znidericz played well in relief of J Lund during the fourth quarter.