Week 7 Recap- by Rafi Kristallweiss

Week Seven of the FM Home Loans AFI League was a week separating the contenders from the pretenders as the playoffs get closer.  Several top teams faced off against one another with the victories team exposing the losing team.  Upper teams in the league are getting into true form, showcasing their talent.  Great matchups began early and continued into the late evening hours, as the fans packed in for a long great night of chilly football at Kraft Stadium in Jerusalem.

Top seeded Our Place & Camp Shalom (11-1) took on the winless Shuas Boys (0-6) in the opener of week seven.  Camp Shalom’s wide receiver Avi Martin rushed for a touchdown after his defense racked up a safety putting his team ahead 9-0.  Camp Shalom’s quarterback Moshe Septimus then threw for two touchdowns for a convincing 23-0 game one win.  Shuas Boys were not able to reach the end zone in the second game either falling to Camp Shalom 30-0.

Rising Pizzeria Efrat (5-5) battled struggling Big Blue (1-10-1).  Pizzeria Efrat’s quarterback Bibi Goodman connected twice with wide receiver Akiva Rindenow for touchdowns in a hard fought 14-6 game one win.  Pizzeria’s defense buckled down in game two, not allowing any points to Big Blue’s offense for a 19-0 victory.

Undefeated Mercaz (10-0) kept their winning streak alive vs the pesky Hedgehogs 2.0 (7-3).  Mercaz’s quarterback Binyamin Greenwald found his stride hitting Wide reciever Elisha Rudman and tight end Dovi Rogoff for touchdowns.  Mercaz’s top defense came up big again with cornerback Avi Abramowitz sealing the deal with an interception touchdown to blank the Hegdehogs 2.0 20-0 in game one.  Hedgehogs 2.0 fought hard to give Mercaz their first loss of the season after wide receiver Efraim Klecky caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Kalmi Netzer to give his team a 6-0 lead.  Mercaz fought off the upset bid by the Hedgehogs scoring twenty unanswered points for a game two 20-12 victory.

Joe’s Eagles (5-4-1) surprised the confident Schar Mitzva (8-4) squad.  Joe’s Eagles quarterback Kobe Greenfield connected with his favorite target wide receiver Ohad Aviezer for three touchdowns for an upset 26-1 win over Schar Mitzva.  Joe’s eagles completed the sweep under two touchdowns from wide receiver Elazar Kolom to win game two 20-7.

The star studded Tzioni Fisherman (10-1-1) shutdown the fiery Camp Kobe (7-3-2) team.  Fisherman’s wide receiver Ab Reznick scored two touchdowns after cornerback David Abell took an interception back for a score to cruise to an easy game one 20-0 win.   Tzioni Fisherman defense brought their shutout streak to four games after a game two shutout 21-0 under all-star defensive lineman Leibi Sklar.

The feisty TC Maestros (10-2) kept their hot streak going vs a tough Zayat Family (6-4) team.  Maestros wide receiver Yehuda Deutsch found the end zone twice, leading his team to a 20-7 game one victory.  Zayat Family’s defense had no answer for Yehuda Deutsch, as he scored twice more for a game two 20-13 win.

Jerry’s Kids (5-7) took on the improved Big Kabbalah Brand (5-7).  Big Kabbalah Brand’s Quaterback Yan Kaufman connected with wide receivers Shamshi Kirschner and Eli David for scores in a 13-6 game one win.  Jerry’s Kids bounced back in game two, with quarterback Meir Cohen throwing touchdown passes to wide receivers Moshe Dowek and Eli Gurwitz for a hard fought 22-19 victory.

The up and coming Doughnut Holes (5-5) went up against the struggling Buds Reliable Care (4-6).   The Buds Reliable Care’s defense came up big with two interception touchdowns from cornerback Tzvi Golub for a 24-13 game one win.  The Doughnut Holes offense came storming back in the second game with quarterback Jonny Rush throwing touchdown passes to Yehuda Ordan and Aaron Saxon for a 25-8 win.

The Charoses (3-9) challenged the defending champion Imrei Hillbillies (8-4).  Star quarterback Yaakov Buff did it all in game one, rushing for a score and throwing for two touchdowns in a 20-6 victory.  In game two the Hillbillies defense came up big with Ari Rokach taking an interception back for a touchdown for his third interception on the night to seal a game two 28-6 win.

The dangerous Chaikel Travel (7-5) battled with the daring Psycho Bunny’s (8-3-1) in the FM Home Loans AFI League game of the week.  Both teams came ready for combat in the late game of night as the Jerusalem air cooled down and the fans got riled up.  Chaikel Travel’s Yoni Panigel got the scoring started for his team receiving a touchdown from quarterback Shuey Dachs.  Psycho Bunny’s answered right back with touchdowns receptions from Yoni Samet and Shua Weiss to take a 13-6 lead. Chaikel Travel wasn’t able to recover taking a 24-13 loss to the Psycho Bunny’s in game one.  Psycho Bunny’s were looking for the two game sweep as they struck first with quarterback Larry Ganz connecting with wide receiver Ari Miller for an early 6-0 lead.  Chaikel Travel’s wide receiver Yaakov Sabo was determined to pick up a win for his team catching two tough touchdown passes and reclaiming pride for his team in a 13-6 hard-hitting win.

Week seven of the FM Home Loans AFI League showed which teams are likely to make a deep run into the playoffs.  Champion candidates Mercaz, Tzioni Fisherman, TC Maestro’s, and the Imrei Hillbilllies all took care of business in week seven winning both of their match-ups.  Various additional teams displayed their desire to play with the big boys in earning key victories to make a playoff push.  Week eight of the FM Home Loans AFI League guarantees to have key playoff inclinations as teams fight for top seeding in their division.  Another chance hangs in the balance for teams to prove themselves worthy of being a contender for the Holy Land Bowl.