Date: 18 May 2013
Home: Warsaw Eagles - 39
Away: Silesia Rebels - 0
Anderson bolsters MVP bid with four more touchdowns in 39-0 rout of Rebels
The Warsaw Eagles made easy work of the AZS Silesia Rebels in their Saturday evening tilt at Polonia Stadium, getting four more touchdowns from their one-man wrecking crew, Clarence Douglas Anderson, on the way to victory. Anderson, who has terrorized Topliga special teams coordinators this season, scored in three different ways, putting the exclamation mark on his performance with a 72-yard punt return in the third quarter.
Anderson scored on a 1-yard run and a 2-yard reception in the first quarter, finishing off the first two Warsaw drives of the game. Krzysztof Stojak then hauled in a 17-yard Shane Gimzo pass in the back of the end zone, stretching out and getting a knee down just inside the end line to give the Eagles a 19-0 lead that they would hold going into the locker room for halftime. Stojak, formerly of the Lublin Tytani, was making his Eagles debut.
The Eagles would add 20 more points in third quarter to put the game away. Gimzo began the run with his third touchdown pass of the game, another 2-yarder to Anderson. Silesia punted the ball away on their next possession, and they made the mistake of kicking it to Anderson, who had been threatening to break away on returns all game long. This time he did indeed take it the distance, scoring on a punt return for the third time this season.
Anderson now has 15 touchdowns on the year, giving him the overall Topliga lead heading into Sunday's games. His closest pursuers are Jamal Schulters of the Wroclaw Giants and Gawel Pilachowski of the Gdynia Seahawks, both with 12.
The win for the Eagles was their fifth consecutive against the Rebels, and their ninth consecutive regular-season win in the series. Silesia last beat Warsaw in 2009, taking a semifinal clash between the two rivals on the road to the championship that year. The rivalry has not been very competitive over the last few seasons, however, with the Eagles outscoring the Rebels by at least 38 points in each of their last four contests.
Warsaw is currently in second place in the Topliga North Division, with a record of 4-2. After playing on five consecutive weekends, the Eagles will now take a break before hosting their crosstown rivals, the Spartans, on June 1. The two teams from the capital have never faced each other. The Rebels, who beat the Spartans last week for their first victory of the season, will also take a break before traveling to Wroclaw to face the Devils on June 2.