The Quarterfinals of The FM Home Loans AFI League was full of exciting football, close calls, clutch plays, tough hitting, nail biting, and a shocking upset. Teams came out ready to showcase their best in the beautiful winter air at Kraft Stadium in Jerusalem. The fans crowded the stands looking to catch a glimpse of heroic play from their favorite players. It was a memorable night of playoff football.
The star studded Tzioni Fisherman clashed with the well balanced TC Maestros in the FM Home Loans AFI League Game Of The Week. The game featured the top two teams in the league battling one another. TC Maestros struck first when quarterback Yossi Malek connected with tight end Shmuel Sauer for a 7-0 lead. After trading scores, Tzioni Fisherman scored again to go into halftime down 14-13. The Fisherman came out in the second with a totally new game plan on defense, shutting down the TC Maestros offensive attack completely. Fisherman’s quarterback Avi Zern threw two second half touchdown passes to wide receivers Ezzi Jaski and David Abell to win the big game 26-14.
The defending champion Imrei Hillbillies took on the hard fighting The Rothenberg Law Firm team. The defending champs came out on fire, taking a 21-0 lead going into halftime. Rothenberg came storming back in the second half after touchdown receptions from wide receivers Sammy Fishman and Ari Siebzener to pull within a score. The Hillbillies put an end to the season of The Rothenber Law Firm after quarterback Yaakov Buff connected with wide receiver Momo Goodstein to seal the win 34-22.
The mighty Chaikel travel went up against the spirited Our Place & Camp Shalom squad. Chaikel Travel went up early 14-0, after two touchdowns by star wide receiver Yoni Panigel. Camp Shalom made it interesting after touchdowns by Avi Martin and Avi Roth to slim the lead to 22-14. Chaikel Travel’s quarterback Shuey Dachs went back to his favorite target Yoni Panigel for two more touchdowns to help Chaikel travel with a convincing 46-26 victory.
The rising Zayat Family battled with the confident Psycho Bunny’s team. Zayat Family’s wide receiver Yisroel Solomon had three first half touchdowns to give his team a 28-12 shocking lead at halftime. The Psycho Bunny’s regrouped at halftime and came firing back to tie the game at 28-28 after touchdowns by wide receivers Shua Weiss and Chatz Katz. On 4th and goal Zayat family’s quarterback Isaac Laifer found Sammy Baum in the end zone to put his team up 35-28 with a minute left to go in the game. Psycho Bunny’s quarterback Larry Ganz connected for the third time in the game with wide receiver Chatz katz to put the game at 35-34 with the extra point to decide the game. Zayat Family’s defense came up big once again and stopped the Psycho Bunny’s to pull off the upset win 35-34.
The Quarterfinals of the FM Home Loans AFI League brought the number of teams down to four who are fighting for a chance to lift the Holy Land Bowl trophy over their heads. Three of the top five teams in the league are still in the hunt plus the surprising Zayat Family team, who are looking to continue their miraculous playoff run. The whole city is already talking about the exciting semi-final matchups of Zayat Family Vs Imrei Hillbillies and Chaikel Travel Vs Tzioni Fisherman. Teams need only one more win for a chance to battle it out in the 29th FM Home Loans AFI League Holy Land Bowl.