Game Report
Date: 15 Jun 2013
Home: Warsaw Spartans - 0
Away: Warsaw Eagles - 55

Imports rest but result nearly the same in 55-0 Eagles drubbing of Spartans

The Warsaw Eagles went 'old school' on Saturday, resting all of their imported players in preparation for the postseason. Unfortunately for the Warsaw Spartans, the Eagles reserves aren't too bad themselves, something they proved with a 55-0 victory over their city rivals. The loss was the final one in a season that mercifully comes to an end for the Spartans, who were outclassed by an average of more than 51 points per game in ten defeats.

Despite the win, the Eagles were assured that they would open the postseason on the road in Wroclaw when the Gdynia Seahawks escaped Poznan with a 14-12 victory that clinched the Topliga North Division title on Sunday. The Eagles have won four games in a row since a narrow loss to the Wroclaw Giants on May 11.

Roman Iwanski and Jakub Zdun started the scoring, turning back the clock with a 3-yard hookup that provided the only points of the first quarter. The Eagles trio of running backs, Jakub Juszczak, Witold Szpotanski and Michal Kozdrój, then began to wear down the Spartans defense, and the floodgates opened in the second quarter as the Eagles put up another 27 points before the break.

Kozdrój and Szpotanski each had a pair of scores for the Eagles, who also got two touchdowns on interception returns in the second quarter. Those scores highlighted a season-long problem for the Spartans and quarterback Tomasz Znidericz, who sat out the second half with an injury. Although his replacement, Tomasz Ochnio, played well, the Spartans were unable to avoid their seventh shutout of the year.

Which Wroclaw team the Eagles will play in the semifinals remains to be seen. Warsaw will close out the regular season against the Devils at home on June 22, in a game that is a makeup of one that was postponed early in the year. If the Devils win, the two teams will meet again a week later in Wroclaw. If the Eagles beat the Devils next week, the Giants could steal the South's top seed and the home semifinal against the Eagles by beating Kozly Poznan the next day.

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