Greetings and welcome to another instalment of the Weekend Rundown. This week we recap some of the action that took place at the Soccerplexe between the Broncos and Panthers of NCAA division and the CFL division’s Bills and 49ers. The Broncos were coming off a win the weekend prior over the Bengals and were looking to continue their winning ways against the Panthers who were also coming off a huge win over the Eagles 2 weeks prior, before going on a bye. Both teams were missing players, none more than the Broncos who only had 3 active players just before kickoff. The Panthers were in the same predicament missing 4 starters but filled out an otherwise undermanned roster with 7 active players.
The Panthers started with the ball and for the most part the drive looked promising with Aaron George stepping in at quarterback. George looked to start off with a quick throw to Emma McCuaig who made a play across the middle and took it upfield for 5 yards. George followed this up with a 15 yard run to the sideline and a first down. Looking to strike first and get the Panthers on the board first, George threw an ill-advised interception to Enzo Lalande who ended the Panthers drive and set up the Broncos with decent field position. Ayden Conroy stepped in for the Broncos and threw a quick pass, hitting Lalande in stride for the first points on the day. The Broncos elected to go for 2pts where quarterback Marco Dubé connected with Conroy to make good on the attempt going up 8-0. The Panthers attempted to get back to where they were prior to the interception, with George leading the way with a huge pass to James Higginbot for a 20 yard catch and run before being flagged by Khayden Denton (4 flags on the day). George then ran 15 yards, nearing the red zone and looking to finish the drive with a score, unfortunately the Panthers couldn’t keep it going having the drive stall and giving the ball back to the Broncos on downs. Dubé was up next looking to put together another scoring drive hitting Avana Willis in the middle of the field where she made a couple tacklers miss before being flagged. The Panthers looked to push back by forcing a turnover, by way of Aaron George coming up with a huge interception, halting the drive and giving them one more opportunity just before the half. But after 2 plays they (Panthers) ran out of time and went into the half. The Broncos would put up three more scores ending all hopes of a comeback, with two pick sixes by Logan Gonzalez and a rushing score from Enzo Lalande.
Final Broncos 28 Panthers 6
BILLS vs 49ers
Bills vs. 49ers was a tight game throughout the matchup as both teams were looking to establish ground with the playoffs approaching. Bills quarterback Tomas Vergara looked to start things off going to Ricardo DiZazzo for a quick catch and run picking up 8 yards before being flagged by James Dorzin. The drive came to an end after Niners Madden Laberge came away with a contested interception. Niners got their opportunity, with great field position Dorzin turned on the jets running for a first down. With their second attempt Dorzin found Madden Laberge in the corner of the end zone for 6. The 2pt conv attempt was unsuccessful, giving the ball back to the Bills. Both Vergara and Awan Qadhi combined quarterback duties for the Bills leading them to a huge touchdown drive with multiple players catching the football including DiZazzo, Ethan Paul, Vas Koussioulas and even Vergara (Tomas), who ended the drive with a touchdown to take the lead after a 2pt conv was completed to DiZazzo. Bills went up 8-6 before half. Following the break the Niners started with the ball and they fully intended to make due on their drive with Quarterback James Dorzin making plays with his feet and arm leading the way on a 8 play drive before ending up in the endzone to go up 12-8. The Bills got the ball back and did some marching of their own with Vergara taking charge and putting together a long drive of his own connecting with multiple pass catchers yet again before ending the drive with a beautiful pass to his brother Mateo Vergara with the tippity tap catch and score in the back of the endzone (the 2pt conv was unsuccessful). Bills went up 14-12 with the Niners wanting to finish this game with another tight game victory as Dorzin continued to show why he’s that guy leading his team on another long drive for a huge score and successful 2 pt conversion attempt putting them up for good.
Final 49ers 20 Bills 14