Date: 11 Jun 2011
Home: Silesia Miners - 54
Away: Bialystok Lowlanders - 6
Miners explode to beat Lowlanders 54-6 and climb closer to safety
Michal Kolek hooked up with tight end Kajetan Kaminski four times for touchdowns and the AZS Silesia Miners offense scored twice in each quarter on Sunday afternoon to defeat the Bialystok Lowlanders 54-6 in Katowice. The win gives the Miners a chance to avoid playing in the ‘barrage’ at the end of the season.
Both teams are now tied in the cellar with the Zaglebie Steelers, although the Lowlanders are at a distinct disadvantage after losing to both of those rivals this season. They will, therefore, either finish in 9th or 10th place, meaning that they will have to win their final game of the year as well as the barrage to stay in PLFA I next year.
The first points of the game were scored by the Miner defense, when Jakub Grabas blocked a punt in the Lowlanders end zone to make it 2-0 for the hosts. They led 8-0 after the first of Kaminski’s touchdowns, although Bialystok would quickly get back within two on a 17-yard touchdown reception by Tomasz Zubrycki. However, the Lowlanders would not score again.
In fact, things got worse for Bialystok immediately after their touchdown when Grabas took the kickoff back the other way for a score. The Miners would add two more touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 53-yard reception by Zbigniew Szrejber, to lead 26-6 at the half.
The Miners will play the Steelers at home in the final game of the season, on June 19, in what amounts to a playoff game of sorts. The winner will finish in 8th place, secure in the knowledge that they will have a spot in the top division for the 2011 season. The loser will either finish in 9th or 10th, depending on what happens in the Lowlanders’ game against the Seahawks in Gdynia a day earlier.