Date: 12 May 2013
Home: Wroclaw Devils - 34
Away: Gdynia Seahawks - 25
Wroclaw uses big passing plays to win possible playoff preview 34-25
The streak is over. The Wroclaw Devils snapped the Gdynia Seahawks' record 15-game winning run on Sunday afternoon, getting big plays from quarterback Sedrick Harris and his receivers en route to a 34-25 victory on Sunday in Wroclaw. The Seahawks lost for the first time since March of last year. To compound matters for Gdynia, both Jeremy Dixon and Sebastian Krzysztofek left the game with injuries.
There were fireworks early on in this one, as the teams combined for three touchdowns in the first four minutes of play. The Devils got a 40-yard reception on the opening drive from Grzegorz Mazur, who was dragged down just short of the goal line at the end. Xavier Glenn subsequently punched it in from the one-yard line to strike first blood for the Devils.
Wroclaw got the ball back quickly, but they went three-and-out and were forced to punt. The snap went awry, and the Seahawks ended up with first-and-goal from the two-yard line. Krzysztofek took it in easily from there to give Gdynia a brief 7-6 lead before Mazur struck again, scoring on the first play of the ensuing Devils drive. This time he made sure he would not be caught on the way to the end zone, going 60 yards for the score. The two-point conversion made it 14-7 for Wroclaw.
It was a hectic start to what looked like just about the highest scoring game in football history, but things settled down for most of the remainder of the first half. The only additional points came in the second quarter, when Glenn scored his second touchdown of the day, weaving through five defenders in a 16-yard burst that gave the Devils a 21-7 halftime lead. The Seahawks had a long touchdown pass called back for holding late in the second quarter.
Gdynia quarterback Ferni Garza began to heat up in the third quarter, and he hit Lukasz Placzek with a 13-yard touchdown pass to get the Seahawks to within a score. Once again, however, the Devils hit back immediately, with Harris going over the top to Piotr Wis for a 71-yard touchdown. Showing that Wroclaw did not have a monopoly on big plays, Garza then found one of his favorite targets, Marcin Bluma, for a 50-yarder that cut the lead back to 28-19.
The loss of Dixon made things tough for the Seahawks the rest of the way, and Garza tried to force the action a bit too much at times. The Seahawks signal caller was intercepted three times overall by an aggressive Wroclaw secondary. When Mazur scored again in the fourth quarter, this time from a mere four yards out, the deficit was too large for even the champions to overcome.
The loss by Gdynia, the Topliga's last remaining unbeaten team, left both divisional races up for grabs. The Devils now trail the Wroclaw Giants by half a game, in a race that may very well be decided when the two teams meet on June 8. Meanwhile, Gdynia still has command in the North Division, but a loss to the Eagles on June 9 would give Warsaw new life in the battle for the right to host a semifinal game.