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Don't Call It a Comeback

10/12/2019, 12:15am EDT
By Ashley White

Touchdown in final seconds wins it

            Hoboken - No Fat Chix went up against TD’s in Your Face in a regular season matchup that was expected to be a great game. Both teams were undefeated going in, so one would be handed their first loss. The game started with TD’s in Your Face drawing first blood and scoring early. No Fat Chix, however, responded right away with a touchdown of their own. It felt like TD’s in Your Face were in the driver’s seat from there and throughout most of this game, while No Fat Chix were stuck trying to play catch-up. TD’s in Your Face killed it in the first half by playing some great defense, showing more energy, and quarterback Mike Mule had a highly efficient showing. He completed 9 of 16 passes with 3 of those going for touchdowns.  On the receiving end of his touchdown tosses were Jake Krantz, Mike Tufano, and Brett Baker. No Fat Chix’ defense wasn't bad, but they just could not get enough momentum going with the ball in their hands. Henry Vieluf had a rough night with 3 dropped passes, one of which costing them a touchdown. Quarterback, Ryan Sheridan only completed 4 of his 12 first half passes, but the good news was that they mustered together 13 points to trail by only 5 at the break.

            The second half was much more competitive and Kyle Hoffer of No Fat Chix really stepped up big for his team. He had multiple highlight reel catches on deep balls that gave his team a much needed energy boost. One of his catches was only inches away from the end zone that would have given them a lead. TD’s in Your Face were still in front the entire half though, working hard to maintain their 25-19 lead late.  However, the defensive certainly wasn't playing at the same level as it was in the first half. NFC's Sheridan completed a lot more passes and refused to give in. They worked the clock to their advantage and, being the veteran team, they made a play that left TD’s in Your Face's jaws on the ground. With just 18 seconds remaining, Ryan threw a deep pass to Hoffer who caught the ball in the in zone with a defender draped all over him, putting No Fat Chix up 25-24 in what would be the game deciding score. TD’s in Your Face certainly wasn’t expecting that TD in their face. No Fat Chix continue to hold on to their win streak and remain undefeated at 4-0.

Rebound

09/28/2019, 12:15am EDT
By Rob Gray

First & Zinz and BaderAde & Vodka combine for decisive victories, putting their early season woes squarely in the review mirror.

            Hoboken, NJ – Wednesday night featured a pair of championship hopefuls in First & Zinz and BaderAde & Vodka.  It may not have been exactly the start that these teams were hoping for, but both certainly handled their business this week.  The first game of the night saw First & Zinz take on newcomers Highlighters.  First & Zinz, a champion last year, started the season off with a loss but have come back with a vengeance over their next two.  After their 36-6 victory last week, the team once again showed their dominance.  Quarterback Felix Jiang completed a whopping 11 of 12 attempts in the first half, spreading the ball around and hitting Joe Falgares, Brian Macellara, Kyle Rawson for touchdowns.  The defense strangled Highlighters, who just couldn’t muster much of a scoring threat.  This was in large part thanks to a strong pass rush that gave quarterback Luis Savarese fits all night.  First & Zinz was in complete control and took a 21-0 lead into the break.

            The second half was much of the same.  The near perfect offense for First & Zinz slowed a bit, but the defense was just as relentless.  The rush finally struck home and Rawson recorded the only sack of the night, with Macellara also adding a late interception (much to his teammates ire on a fourth down heave; that’s okay, get your stats).  The Highlighters offense looked a bit better in the second half but Savarese was still running for his life and not getting a ton of help from his receivers, other than PJ Augusto and Angel Matos’s ten combined receptions.  Jiang tacked on a few more touchdowns, one rushing and another on a strike to Anthony Nehlsen, and First & Zinz preserved the shutout along with their second straight 30+ point win by a score of 33-0.

Hanging by a Thread

09/21/2019, 11:30pm EDT
By Rob Gray

Curious play calling keeps the door open late, but the TD's in Your Face defense shuts the door on a crazy comeback attempt.

            Hoboken, NJ – Wednesday night saw a late matchup with TD’s in Your Face, returning for their second season, facing off with perennial championship contenders BaderAde & Vodka.  TD’s in Your Face is looking to establish themselves into that type of status in our league, and that was evident in this game.  They took it to Baderade & Vodka early and often, jumping out to a commanding 12-0 lead going into the break on the back of a big first half from quarterback Mike Mule.  He would throw for two touchdowns and had a big interception to help hold their opponent scoreless.  On the receiving ends of those touchdowns were Jake Krantz and Brett Baker.

            Both defenses played well in the second half, but things certainly got interesting late.  Franco Lebolo had a huge third down sack that would lead to a goalline stand against Baderade & Vodka, maintaining the shutout.  TD’s in Your Face also saw another score Mule.  This time, he was on the receiving end of a pass from Matt Kaplan.  However, BaderAde & Vodka would not go down without a fight.  They’d get on the board late and the game was seemingly out of hand, with their opponent getting the ball back and up by two scores with just two minutes to play.  However, some curious play calling left the door open.  Instead of working the clock, incompletes and out of bounds plays put the ball back in their BaderAde & Vodka’s hands with plenty of time to score, and they did just that.  A quick strike cut the lead to just one score at 19-13 with under 2 minutes to play and still holding their timeout.  TD’s in Your Face again had a chance to work the clock to victory, but did not do so.  They didn’t get the benefit of a defensive PI call up the sideline that would have (maybe) iced the game on third down and were forced to punt again.  BaderAde & Vodka still clung to life support.  They moved the ball into scoring position, but another stand deep in their own territory allowed TD’s in Your face to preserve the victory.  It was probably closer than and not as pretty as they had hoped, but a win is a win and TD’s in Your Face nailed down a big win to advance to 2-0.  The complete effort on both sides of the ball shows that this team is for real.