By Hector Gonzalez
The Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes (90lbs) earned a 20-16 victory over a much bigger opponent in PPO Bengals (100lbs), Saturday afternoon in the league between league game to advance to next’s week ” Best-of-the-Best” final round.
Both squads entered the game as Super Bowl champions, and were eager to prove they each belonged among the best. PPO’s #5 Mark Britt started the game on a 30-yard run, as the Bengals were off on a positive note on offense gaining three-first downs on their first drive, but the Hurricanes held-them off forcing #12 to incomplete passes.
On the ensuing drive for the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes, # 2 part of that ” Three-Headed Monster” offense showed his speed on a 90-yard touchdown run, but the Bengals would quickly respond as #5 Britt was at it again, on third-and-eleven he steamed rolled up the field for 47-yards—then ran it in for the score.
PPO would add to their lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by #8 Taylor Banks, a drive that started by #12 Britt Richardson finding his wide receiver for a 30-yard pass that resulted in an 16-7 lead to close the first half.
Momentum shifted in Ft.Lauderdale’s favor, as PPO drive late in the third quarter was hindered — on second-and-inches– after a botched the snap, fumbling the ball away, giving the Hurricanes possession.
Ft. Lauderdale’s next drive started rough with PPO’s defense clamping down pushing them back for loss-of-yardage, a 15-yard penalty backed them up to a third-and-long.
Things would quickly change, however, as # 3 regained some ground with a 15-yard-run —resulting in a 75-yard touchdown catch by #4 from #1, drawing the game closer, still down 13-16 in the third quarter.
The Bengals were three-and-out on their next drive, courtesy of a fired-up Ft. Lauderdale defense, and they would dig themselves in a much bigger hole with back-to-back costly penalties.
The Hurricanes like a storm brewing in the Atlantic came pouring down on PPO, taking over the game on a 27-yard touchdown run by the speedy running back # 2, they converted the two-point conversion as #1 found #5 for the pass.
That made the score 20-16 in favor of the Hurricanes as the clock showed 7:46 in the fourth.
A miscue on a bad snap ended in a turnover for the Bengals, they were given another chance to tie the game with their defense stopping the bleeding, and special teams blocking a Hurricanes punt.
But with great field position, PPO, in position to again regain the lead, hurt themselves with another turnover, this time an interception thrown right into the hands of Ft.Lauderdale’s # 6 that sealed the victory for the Hurricanes.