Date: 01 Jun 2013
Home: Warsaw Eagles - 71
Away: Warsaw Spartans - 0
Anderson's highlight-reel return caps 71-0 Eagles victory in inaugural capital matchup
Although the Warsaw Eagles and the Warsaw Spartans have shared the attention of football fans in the capital since 2008, they had never faced each other until Saturday's meeting at Polonia Stadium. The much-anticipated matchup was a very one-sided affair, however, with the Eagles blowing out their crosstown rivals by a score of 71-0. Touchdown machine Clarence Anderson scored four times for the victors, giving him a Topliga-leading 19 touchdowns on the season.
The electrifying Anderson, who scored on a punt return for the fourth time this year, has emerged as the Topliga's biggest must-see star. Anderson picked up a bouncing punt at his own 25-yard line late in the third quarter, changed directions no less than four times and broke tackles by just about every player on the Spartans coverage unit on his way to the end zone. The play was so incredible that it featured on the “Top 10 Plays” on ESPN's SportsCenter program. Anderson had a second scoring return nullified by penalty earlier in the contest.
The Eagles offense, both methodical and effective for most of the afternoon, started out with a bang, with Shane Gizmo hitting Krzysztof Stojak on the second play from scrimmage for a 53-yard touchdown pass. Gizmo threw for three touchdowns on the afternoon, a number that included a pair of scoring receptions by Anderson.
The Spartans offense struggled mightily, as has been the case for much of this season. They were shut out for the second consecutive week and the fifth time overall this year. Dominik Koniusz had a pair of interceptions for the Eagles, including one that he ran back for a touchdown in the second quarter to help the Eagles to a 36-0 halftime lead. Marc-Avery Airhart added a short defensive score late in the game as well.
The two teams will square off again in two weeks, in what will be the final game of the year for the Spartans. The Spartans will be the home team for that one, as well as for their penultimate game, which comes on June 8 against Kozly Poznan.
The Eagles, meanwhile, have a record of 5-2 with three games remaining on their schedule. They still have a chance of overcoming their next opponent, the 7-1 Gdynia Seahawks, for the top seed in the North Division and the home semifinal berth that goes with it. The Eagles lost to the Seahawks by 13 points earlier in the season, meaning that they will be hoping to win by at least that amount when they face the Seahawks in Gdynia on June 9 to claim the tiebreaking advantage in case the two teams finish with even records after the regular season. A victory by the Seahawks next week, on the other hand, would give them the division title.