Tychy Falcons sneak past Warsaw Mets in seconds to stay undefeated
Tychy Falcons DB LaParish Lewis # 6 Photo: Dorota Murska
the Tychy Falcons remained undefeated in the Polish Football League after going down the Warsaw Mets 40-37 to win their fourth straight game, but they needed last-second heroics to do it.
Warsaw Mets strategist David Ash gave his team a 37-34 lead late in the game after finding Jan Omelanczuk in the end zone for a touchdown and then also for the conversion to two points. It was time for one last drive and newly signed Falcons strategist Gabriel Losada do well. With literally seconds to spare, he drove Tychy on the field, then threw a pass for tight end Dominik Niedziela in the corner of the end zone for the winning score.
The game was a battle from the start.
the Food kicked off and started at the 40-yard line after a brave comeback from the Finnish import, Rufail Khalifa (# 21). Former Texas Longhorn David Ash (# 4) came out pulling it out of a nearly empty set. After what initially appeared to be a promising drive, the drive stalled at the Tychy 20 yard line and the Food were forced to settle for a basket from the kicker Dominik szymanski (# 22).
Two weeks ago Laparish lewis (# 6) was sent to play QB for the Falcons after From Ge fell with a knee injury, he showed what a dangerous weapon he is with the ball in his hands. It was now up to him to define the Falcon to leave but a fit tackle rocked the ball and the Food restored. Warsaw went to work from Falcons 32, but a walk marred by a fight that broke out between the Food left tackle and Falcons d-end resulted in a 15-yard penalty and ejection against Warsaw, end the drive with a punt.
Newly arrived replacement QB Gabriel Losada (# 2) came out with something to prove. On four occasions he threw the ball over 40 yards into the field, including one connecting to widen the speedster. Mateusz Patalas (# 81) to get them to the four yard line. Two games later on tight end Dominik Niedziela (# 83) could beat Food corner Khalifa off the line on a slope and enter for the score, bringing the score to 7-3 Falcons.
On the following Food drive Ash was forced to do it himself after a series of dropped passes and nicked the Falcon defense with his legs, but the team still failed to enter the end zone after taking fourth place. Losada would continue to throw it on almost every game, but with limited success in returning the ball to the Food only a few pieces later. Ash would then have one of his own to run Witold Szpotanski (# 25) on the second play of practice which would set up a 40 yard basket that the Falcons blocked.
Losda the happy trigger arm would start to lead to turnovers on the next set as the Meet the defense forced an interception giving Warsaw excellent starting position on the pitch. But, again, the team was forced to throw a basket that sailed to the left, leading to frustration that began to creep in due to an inability to complete.
Losada and the Falcons came out as aggressive as ever in the campaign that followed, plotting an airstrike as the Food the defense simply did not have the answers. The ride would be capped with a 20-yard wheel run from the half-back Jan Szwej (# 19) to put the Falcons two scores without Warsaw.
Ash was able to get something on the next run going from 70 yards to Krzysztof Andrukonis (# 13) would take the Food at Falcon three yard line forward Ash ran it in itself to keep Warsaw in the game.
the Food were able to force another interception on the next drive, but could not do much, returning the ball to Tychy half-way. The next few drives on both sides saw very little action due to the dominant defensive positions until a punt muffled by Falcon turner Lewis leads to Ash positioning himself to throw a 30-meter dart to Jan Omelanczuk (# 80), taking the Food come back in front to close the half 15 – 14.
The opening Warsaw drive in the second half of the year lacked real production allowing Losada and the Falcon offense to own their new identity. And pretend they only did it on player’s third play with a 50 yard bomb from Losada at Robert szmielak (# 14) for the score. A failed two-point conversion would keep the score between 20 and 15.
After little success the Food on the next drive, Falcons would start to launch the ground game on their own, Szwej continued to cut the Food defense before running it himself from the five-yard line.
As the pressure began to mount, the Food felt they couldn’t let another game slip away. They were able to stage an airstrike that may have been part of one of the longest trips in PFL football this year. The drive however paid off and resulted in a score conversion and two points per Khalifa to bring the score 27-23 Falcons.
Tychy could smell the Food started to slip into the game and decided to get the gun mentality back. And on a 35-meter-deep throw intended to Patalas wide comrade Tomasz nowak (# 5) would pass the ball at the last minute and run for the score himself, again extending the fight to a two-point play.
Determined to win his first victory of the season, Ash and the Food continued to flaunt impressive numbers in the air in two consecutive workouts. And in just a handful of parts, the Food were able to obtain two scores thanks to the precise precision of Ash throws, to bring them back in the lead 37 – 34.
But then, at the end of the fourth, with all the ground in front of him Losada showed the Falcons exactly why they chose it to replace From Ge at the end of the season. He walked the field confidently and precisely to find Niedziela in the back corner of the end zone to steal the victory to Ash and the Food in one Tychy Thriller in French.
This will undoubtedly harm the Food because they were only seconds away from securing their first victory of the season. But the team should take comfort in the progress their offense has made and come so close to beating one of the league favorites. Tychy will leave happy thanks to the performance of their new QB Losada who has shown he will attack any defense vertically throughout a game, regardless of interceptions or turnovers.
the Falcons will face another of the league favorites, Archers of Bydgoszcz, next week in what could be a preview of the final, while the Food will face the also without victory Warsaw Eagles.