Date: 21 Apr 2012
Home: Krakow Tigers - 0
Away: Wroclaw Devils - 73
Mittasch six-pack allows Devils to ease to 73-0 shutout of Tigers
Niles Mittasch made sure the Wroclaw Devils didn't miss quarterback Krzysztof Wydrowski much and put in an early bid for Topliga MVP by piling up a half-dozen touchdowns and over 300 yards rushing in a 73-0 Devils romp over the Dom-Bud Krakow Tigers on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Krakow. Mittasch now easily leads the Topliga with 14 touchdowns in only four games.
Head Coach Skip Poole had the Devils firing on all cylinders even in the absence of their regular quarterback, who was the PLFA MVP in 2010 and who sat out his second straight game with a back injury. His status is still up in the air for next week's big matchup against the undefeated Warsaw Eagles. Aleksander Karganovic played better in his second game as starter, throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kim Thompson in the second quarter.
For the Tigers, who trailed 34-0 after a quarter and 54-0 at the half, it was simply a day when nothing went right. They had no way of stopping the Mittasch Express, allowing him to go for touchdown runs of 80, 80, 50, 48, 41, and 28 yards. He likely could have gone for more, but Poole took his foot off the gas in the second half, which saw Adam Jagiello score twice in the heavy rain for Wroclaw.
The Tigers remain tied for fourth place in the Topliga, with a record of 1-3. However, they face another difficult test next week, in a home game against the 3-1 Gdynia Seahawks on Sunday, April 29. The news gets worse, as well, as the other two teams fighting the Tigers for the final playoff spot play each other in a game that someone must win.
Strange as it may sound for a team that scores 73 points, the Devils likely needed this game as a tuneup for the Eagles game (which also takes place on April 29). This week Wroclaw made some cuts to the roster and brought in two new American free agents, Layton Jones and Christopher Adams. The Eagles are the only undefeated team remaining in the Topliga and, if the Devils can manage to defeat them at home on Sunday, it is likely there will be a three-way tie atop the league at the season's midway point.