Date: 12 May 2013
Home: Silesia Rebels - 19
Away: Warsaw Spartans - 6
Grabas helps Silesia to 19-6 triumph, Rebels drop Warsaw to 0-6 in the process
The AZS Silesia Rebels had lost seven consecutive games before Sunday's encounter with the Warsaw Spartans, who themselves had lost five in a row, and the two teams had been outscored 439-53 in ten games combined this season. Clearly, something had to give in Chorzów, and it was the Rebels who ended up snapping their futility streak, getting their first win of 2013 by a margin of 19-6.
The Spartans missed out on what might have been their best chance at a Topliga victory in 2013, as they have only games against opponents with winning records remaining. Warsaw held the lead at halftime, going up 6-3 on a short touchdown run by Tomasz Ochnio in the second quarter. That came after the Rebels had struck first on a 26-yard Zbigniew Szrejber field goal in the first quarter.
Silesia regained the lead in the third quarter as running back Tomasz Grabas began to take over the game. He scored from one yard out and added the two-point conversion as well to make it 11-6 for the Rebels, and he tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Spartans, who have scored only three touchdowns in six games this season.
Next up for Silesia is a date with the other Warsaw team, the Eagles, on May 18 in the capital. That game will kick off at 6:00 PM. The Eagles lead the all-time series between the teams 8-2, although both wins for the Rebels came in memorable playoff semifinal games. The Eagles beat the Rebels 66-26 and 38-0 in their two meetings last season.
The Spartans will also be in action in the capital next weekend, although they will be facing an unfamiliar foe in the form of the Wroclaw Giants. The two teams, scheduled to play on May 19, have never faced each other. The Giants, with a record of 4-1, come in as the South Division leaders. Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM.