Semi-Finals – Feb. 4th
We’re down to the final 4 teams, all fired up with determination and hoping for that spot in the championship game! The special night brought many spectators, and our skilled, fierce teams put on quite the show, proving to all why they’re the crème de la crème of the 2018-19 WAFI season.
ISP-ELIEZER’S MOVERS vs. SO METRO
ISP-Eliezer’s Movers started their first offensive drive with a bang, as Racheli Abell scored a TD and Kelley Newell caught the 2 point conversion. They continued on to defense with great flag pulls by Margalit and Sharona Abell, and an interception by Avi Goldrich, who then caught the ball on offense and scored ISP’s second TD. So Metros’ defense kicked it up a notch with an interception by Ronit Reichel, but ISP came back with another TD by Racheli and an extra point by Noa Goldrich. Meanwhile, QB Ilana Frankel had a great night as a rusher, with pass blocks and sacks. On offense, for what felt like déjà vu, Racheli scored another TD and Noa yet again got the extra point. Just before the first half was over, Ilana Frankel ran the ball in for another TD.
Second half started with So Metro coming close to scoring, only to be stopped short by ISP. So Metros’ defense remained strong and they managed to keep ISP at bay for some time, but eventually Noa Goldrich successfully scored a TD, and Adina Berkowitz caught the extra point. On defense, Aliza Zalcman sacked So Metro’s QB, and Kelley intercepted and ran the ball in for a pick-6, with the final extra point of the game caught by Noa Goldrich, resulting in a 47-0 win for ISP-Eliezer’s Movers.
HARVEY’S SMOKEHOUSE vs. BIG BLUE
The most anticipated game of the night brought out family and friends to support and cheer on their teams. First up, Big Blue had a great drive moving up across the field, with beautiful passes by QB Roni Kahn, but were stopped short by Harvey’s Smokehouses’ tight defense. Harvey’s QB Cindy Scarr threw amazing passes to the smokehouse girls, which were then pulled to a stop by Big Blue defense. The first TD was finally caught by Big Blues’ Daniella Friedman, and Harvey’s were quick to follow suit with a TD run in by Rivka Weinberg, who also caught the extra point. With less than a minute left in the first half, Elisheva Marcus caught another TD for Big Blue and caught the extra point.
The second half begun with Harvey’s Smokehouse evening out the score, with a TD run in by Rivka Weinberg. Both teams’ defenses kept pulling flags and blocking passes, with special shout outs to Big Blues’ Atara Klein, Meira Jacobowitz and Elisheva Marcus, and Harvey’s Smokehouses’ Tehila Lowenstein and Esti Mandel. Under the pressure of amazingly fast rushers, QB Roni Kahn remained unfazed and threw a gorgeous long pass to Daniella Friedman, who was stopped just short of the end-zone but then Ora Gold caught the TD and Livia Nulman secured the extra point. Harvey’s refused to lag behind, and QB Cindy threw a TD pass to Tehila Lowenstein, who also caught the extra point. Interceptions were caught by Big Blue’s Elisheva Marcus and Harvey’s Rivka Weinberg. Elisheva Marcus caught another TD pass, and Harvey’s Eli Baumol caught gorgeous long passes but was stopped just short of the end-zone. The highly intense game finally came to a close with a 26-20 win for Big Blue.