Date: 31 Mar 2012
Home: Wroclaw Devils - 59
Away: Silesia Rebels - 0
Mittasch, defense lead Devils to 59-0 rout of Rebels
Niles Mittasch ran for five touchdowns and the Wroclaw Devils defense scored a PLFA-record four safeties against an overmatched AZS Silesia Rebels offense to help the Devils bounce back from an opening-weekend defeat and topple the Rebels by a score of 59-0 on a cold Saturday afternoon in Wroclaw. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.
Strong winds, freezing rain and a bit of snow forced both teams to keep the ball on the ground for much of the game. Wroclaw went ahead early in the first quarter, when Mittasch dashed through a huge hole on the left side of the line for a 25-yard touchdown. He scored again on the next drive on a nearly identical play that went for 34 yards. The first of the quartet of safeties, coming on a snap over the Rebel punter's head, then gave the Devils a 16-0 lead after a quarter.
Wroclaw basically coasted from there, as it was clear that the Silesia offense was not going to be able to mount much of a threat in the given conditions. The Devils extended the lead to 27-0 at halftime and 49-0 by the end of three quarters. Mittasch scored in all four quarters and so did the defense, recording the record-setting fourth safety early in the fourth on a penalty in the Silesia end zone during a botched punt attempt. Mittasch's shortest touchdown run was an 18-yarder for the Devils, who also got touchdowns from Grzegorz Mazur and Tomasz Tarczynski.
Although the result of the game might not have been a surprise, the manner in which the Devils got the job done was a bit of shock. The Rebels came into the game having scored 40 points in their season-opening victory, while Wroclaw had lost their opener at home the previous week. In other words, the margin of victory underlined the divide the still exists between the Topliga's 'big three' and the rest of the pack.
Both teams now go into the Easter break a game behind the Warsaw Eagles. The Devils will look for their second consecutive victory on the road on April 14, against a Kozly Poznan team that has lost its first two matches. The Rebels will look to get back on the winning track at home, taking on the 1-1 Gdynia Seahawks on April 15.