Week Twelve of The FM Home Loans AFI League brought the playoff energy in the air. With only one week until the playoffs, the teams brought their finest game. Many teams fought hard for tough wins to make one final last push to sneak into the playoffs. Top tier teams cruised past lower tier teams to keep their standings in the playoff seeding. The fans piled in to Kraft Stadium on a chilly Jerusalem evening to see the stars shine.
Mishaan Plumbing (2-13-1) took on the veteran Buds Reliable Care (7-11) team in the opener. Bud’s quarterback Shea Weill threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Pinny Berger to win game one easily 16-0. Mishaan Plumbing bounced back in game two with quarterback Jack Sayegh connecting with wide receiver Benny Levy late in the game to complete the upset win over the Buds 16-12 in game two.
Struggling Camp Kobe (7-9-2) took on the talented Chaikel Travel squad (13-5). Chaikel Travel’s star quarterback Shua Dachs used his legs for two rushing touchdowns in helping his team win game one 20-0. Chaikel Travel’s defense was the story in the second game, under defensive captain Motti Zilberberg, putting enormous amounts of pressure on Camp Kobe’s quarterback to aid his team to a 20-8 game two victory.
The mighty Mercaz (16-2) battled vs the Integramed Thunder Muffins (11-5) in the FM Home Loans AFI League Game Of The Week. On the first dive of the game the Thunder Muffin’s quarterback Avrami Farkas got injured and was done for the night. Mercaz took advantage with quarterback Binyamin Greenwald throwing three touchdown passes to wide receiver Avi Rudman to run away with a game one 20-0 shutout. The Thunder Muffins kept it close without their star quarterback in game two thanks to a touchdown reception from tight end Gideon Reiz and tough defensive play. Mercaz sealed the deal after tight end Dovi Rogoff found the end zone to complete the sweep for Mercaz in a 13-8 victory.
Big Kabbalah Brand (7-10-1) picked up some much needed wins vs a tough 305 (5-13) team. Big Kabbalah Brand’s quarterback Yan Kaufman threw two touchdown passes to cruise his team to a close 13-6 game one win. Big Kabbalah Brand was playing for their playoff lives and really showed it in game two as wide receiver Eli David caught two touchdown passes to complete the sweep over 305 15-6.
Mishaan Plumbing (2-13-1) had their hands full with the pumped up Psycho Bunny’s (14-3-1). Psycho Bunny’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as quarterback Larry Ganz threw for four touchdown passes to help his team take game one 26-8. Psycho Bunny’s were playing for a top playoff seed and showed it in game two, taking care of business with a blowout 30-6 victory.
Joe’s Eagles (11-6-1) kept their winning streak going vs a fiery 48ers (6-12) unit. Joe’s Eagles quarterback Kobe Greenfield threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one in a 27-0 shutout game one win. The 48ers kept it close in game two with quarterback Joey Mogilner connecting with wide receiver Justin Goldman, however Joe’s Eagles quarterback Kobe Greenfield took matters into his own hands with a late rushing touchdown to give his team a 14-7 game two victory.
Jerry Kids (11-7) took care of business vs a struggling Salty Pretzels (4-14) team. Jerry Kids quarterback Meir Cohen threw touchdown passes to Avraham Krieger and Eli Gurwitz to take game one 16-0. Jerry Kids ended their season on a high note in game two, shutting out the Salty Pretzels 24-0.
The defending champion Imrei Hillbillies (14-4) clashed with the testy Sting nation (7-9) team. The Hillbillies got back their all-star quarterback Yaakov Buff, who threw two touchdown passes to Menachem Braun in guiding the champs to a game one 25-13 win. Defense played a big part in game two as both defenses were able to hold the offenses in check. The Hillbillies were able to put a score on the board and take the victory over sting nation 7-0.
The Rising Hedgehogs 2.0 (11-4-1) brought the heat vs a winless Eretz Hatzvi Bucks (0-15-1). Hedgehogs wide receiver Avi Cavalier caught two touchdowns from quarterback Kalmi Netzer to help their team win game one 20-0. The Bucks played hard in game two but were unable to keep up with the Hedgehogs, taking the loss 24-12.
Week Twelve Of The FM Home Loans AFI League was a week full of top tier teams taking care of business vs lower tier teams. Many teams were able to move up in the standings with some much needed wins. A few lower tier teams were able to pull off upsets to keep their playoff hopes alive. Only one week remains until the much anticipated playoffs, and the road to Holy Land Bowl begins.