Date: 29 May 2011
Home: Poznan Kozly - 27
Away: Silesia Miners - 0
Miners still winless, in danger of demotion after 27-0 loss to Kozly Poznan
Kozly Poznan recorded their second shutout of the season at home on Sunday afternoon, taking out the winless AZS Silesia Miners by a score of 27-0. The win keeps Kozly in a tie with the Bielawa Owls for sixth place at 3-4, and virtually assures them of not having to play in the season-ending 'barrage' to hold their spot in PLFA I for next season.
Karol Siliwoniuk started things off with his eighth touchdown of the season, a 10-yard reception from Bartlomiej Kimnes in the first quarter. Patryk Barczak added a pair of touchdown runs in the second quarter, and Kozly led 20-0 at halftime.
The Miners, who were shut out for the second straight game and the third time overall this season, never found an offensive rhythm against the tough Poznan defense. They held Kozly off the board in the second half, with the exception of a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown by Hubert Ogrodowczyk in the game's dying moments.
Kozly are now the only team outside of the three powerhouses at the top of the standings to boast a positive points differential for the season. However, that may be a result of the fact that they have yet to play either of the Wroclaw teams. While Poznan is only a game out of the last playoff spot at the moment, they would have to leapfrog two teams to get to it, and with only a home game against the Devils on June 12 and a road game against the Crew on June 19 remaining they may be taking pride for having avoided relegation at the end of the year.
Although the Miners may not end up being so lucky, they may still have cause for optimism as well. That is a hard thing to say about a team that is in last place with an 0-7 record, but the Miners are indeed only a game behind each of their last opponents, the Bialystok Lowlanders and the Zaglebie Steelers. The Miners have scored more points than both of them combined this year, and they will play both games at home, starting with the Lowlanders on June 12.