The Semi-Finals Of The FM Home Loans AFI League brought four teams fighting for a chance to play for the 29th Holy Land Bowl. The four teams brought out their best play in hope to continue their magical seasons. Fans packed into Kraft Stadium to cheer on their favorite teams and to see their favorite players play under the bright playoff lights. The stage was set, the weather was perfect, and the battle to the Holy Land bowl was present.
In the opener, the underdog Zayat Family looked to continue their Cinderella season vs the defending champion Imrei Hillbillies. The Hillbillies came out confident and ready for primetime taking a quick 12-0 lead on touchdown receptions from wide receiver Ahron Pultman and tight end Menachem Braun. Zayat family bounced back after halftime, cutting the lead in half 12-6, after quarterback Isaac Laifer connected with wide receiver Sammy Baum. Zayat Family’s defense gave their offense multiple chances to tie or take the lead but the Hillbillies defense was in shut down mode. The Hillbillies were able to seal the win 12-8 after an interception late in the second half to earn a trip back to the Holy Land Bowl and a chance to repeat as Champions.
The powerful Tzioni Fisherman clashed with the talented Chaikel Travel squad in the finally. Chaikel Travel looked poised for the upset win after quarterback Shuey Dachs connected with wide receiver Ari Loeb to take a quick 6-0. Tzioni Fisherman’s offense was struggling to find the end zone until Ezzi Jaski took a lateral from Ab Reznick and threw it back to Ab Reznick for a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6 right before halftime to take the momentum from Chaikel Travel. Chaikel Travel was feeling the pressure all second half from Fisherman lineman Tzvi Sklar and Mordy Charnowitz and were unable to score anymore points the rest of the game. Fisherman’s quarterback Avi Zern threw three second half touchdown passes to Yossi Scherr, Ezzi Jaski, and Morty Charnowitz to run away with a blowout 27-6 victory.
The Semi-Finals of The FM Home Loans AFI League brought out two very heated match-ups. Both games featured big matchups, momentum turning plays, and stellar lockdown defense. The FM Home Loans AFI League Holy Land bowl is set with Tzioni Fisherman clashing with the defending champion Imrei Hillbilles with the Holy Land Bowl trophy at stake. Many fans and players around the league have stated that the Tzioni Fisherman are the heavy favorites, however don’t count out the defending champs who are known to always be ready for a good battle. The bleachers will be packed, the teams will be hyped up, and the Holy land Bowl Trophy will be waiting for the 29th FM Home Loans AFI League Champions to hoist it in the air.