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Kevin Keller donned his AFFSL colors
to play Dan Dolan,Jr. The remnants of the Baltimore Football
Strategy league continue to acquit themselves well.
Joe Powell made it 3 out of 4 over
Bruce Reiff as the title holders of the last four years met again
with the big kahuna coming out on the short end.
This report is going to start with a riddle: How does a 2-player
game crown a champion without a championship match when there
was no forfeit involved? It's not that tough of a riddle since
for the second time in the history of the tournament, the winner
of the event was crowned by winning both of the heats. Joe Powell
racked up his third title in the past four years by cruising
through both brackets undefeated.
2013 decision to move the "second" heat of the event
from Thursday night to Monday night (who doesn't love some Monday
Night Football!?) continued to pay dividends for the attendance
for this legacy event. As a matter of fact, more players joined
the Monday heat (19) than joined the regular Wednesday night
In the Monday heat, the returning finalists, Kevin Keller
and Bruce Reiff, both rolled to impressive Round 1 double-digit
wins. Bruce had turned down a bye that was offered; Joe Powell
happily accepted it. Other first round winners included Wes
Coates (he scored the most points - 42 and had the largest margin
of victory in this round), Dan Dolan Jr., Paul O'Neil, Doug Galullo,
David Rynkowski, Larry Lingle and Bert Schoose.
Larry declined to advance (always so many things going on
at WBC!) and so to make the numbers work best for the remainder
of the heat, so did Bert. The re-drawn bracket ended up with
Bruce and Joe, who have now racked up 13 championships in this
event between them, playing one another. Both defensive coordinators
decided to take the night off as they put 84 points on the board.
Unfortunately for Bruce, Joe had 50 of them. In a really tight
match, Paul defeated returning laurelist Wes by a 30 to 27 score.
Dan and David both put up dominating shutouts to advance to
the semifinal round of the first heat.
David Rynkowski seems to have everyone's number in this event
except for Joe Powell. Their semifinal match this night was
no different with Joe posting a relatively easy 24-7 win. In
the other semifinal, Paul O'Neill used a very strong pass defense
(four interceptions - three 9G's and an 18F plus a safety (18C)
to defeat Dan Dolan, Jr by a 32-20 score.
In the Heat 1 Final, the two AHFS League veterans had a nail-biter
with Joe holding on for a 30-27 win. Both players started with
a Ball Control offense but with his team trailing by 17 at halftime,
Paul switched to Aerial to good effect. Joe used a 100 yard
kickoff return and a fumbled kickoff by Paul to fuel his halftime
lead. After both players were held to just a field goal in the
third quarter, Paul mounted his comeback. He scored two touchdowns
in the last stanza and held Joe scoreless but his comeback was
thwarted by two interceptions (18F and 20J) which allowed Joe
to hang on for the victory.
The Wednesday heat welcomed five new players for a perfect
16-player bracket. The highlight of the first round was Paul
O'Neil's 33-31 victory over Stuart Tucker. Stuart worked his
way into position to kick a game winning field goal but fate
was not kind as his 50-50 chance ended up on the wrong side of
lady luck allowing Paul to advance. Dave Rynkowski won his game
in OT over Wes Coates by a 23-17 score. The other first round
winners (Doug Galullo, Bruce Reiff, Bert Schoose, Joe Powell,
Jim Burnett & Ray Stakenas, Sr.) racked up double-digit victories
to advance to the second round.
In that round, Bert used a strong kick return game to rack
up 45 points on his way to knocking off Bruce and insuring that
Bruce would not be getting his 11th FBS title this year.
Dave dominated to win by a 30-0 score, his second shutout of
the event. Joe and Paul both rolled to victories in their games
with Paul holding off a late rally (14 unanswered fourth quarter
points) to win his game.
The heat semifinals saw Dave paired again vs his nemesis Joe
and while the score and the game were much closer this time around,
he was unable to get over the proverbial hump and Joe advanced
to the bracket Final with a 23-20 win. Bert and Paul had a really
tight game decided by a field goal with 15 seconds left on the
clock 23-20 as Paul once again found himself 3 points short.
Because of the remaining timeouts that Paul had, Bert kicked
off deep and allowed Paul a long-gain runback. Paul was unable
to take full advantage as he settled for a measly 40 yard return
before time expired.
The bracket Final started out terribly for Joe as he was stopped
on his opening drive and Bert went the distance to grab a 7-0
early lead. After that, Joe's championship pedigree took over
and he held Bert to two field goals while he methodically got
his offense in gear and dominated in a relatively easy 28-13
The event calls for the heat winners to play one another in
the championship match. In that game, Joe won 1-0 when the other
Jo failed to show. Second place on down was decided based on
the number of entrants in the respective heat and so the rest
of the laurelists were decided with the tie-breaker going to
the first heat participants.