Date: 15 Apr 2012
Home: Silesia Rebels - 0
Away: Gdynia Seahawks - 49
Seahawks demolish Rebels 49-0 in Katowice to keep pace.
Kyle McMahon threw for three scores and ran for two more as the Gdynia Seahawks built a 28-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-0 shutout of the AZS Silesia Rebels on Sunday afternoon in Katowice. Josh DeLuca was on the receiving end of two of those touchdown passes and Sebastian Krzysztofek also found the end zone twice for Gdynia.
Coming into the season, the two teams had historically played close, with the Seahawks owning a 3-2 series lead and outscoring the Rebels 94-88 in those five games. Gdynia tipped that scale firmly in their favor in the first quarter, however, jumping out to a 21-0 lead after twelve minutes on the strength of a short touchdown run by McMahon and long passes to DeLuca and Marcin Blum. Krzysztofek put the icing on the cake with touchdown runs in each of the last two quarters.
The Seahawks, who beat the Wroclaw Devils in the opening game of the season, now have a golden opportunity to solidify their position near the top of the Topliga table with games against two of the bottom teams coming up before the May holiday. The offense will need to keep its good rhythm going in Gdynia's next game, against a winless Kozly team that will come to the Tri-Cities on April 21 sporting a solid defense.
For the Rebels, all hope is not lost in a league in which four of the six teams will make the postseason. They currently sit in a tie for the last playoff spot, with the 1-2 Dom-Bud Krakow Tigers, who they beat handily in the first weekend of the season. However, Silesia has now been shut out in two straight games by two of the better teams in the league, giving up a combined 108 points in those games. Unfortunately, they will next play the third team that is ahead of them in the standings, the undefeated Warsaw Eagles, in Katowice on April 22.