WILLIAMSVILLE, NY- It was a matchup so similar to Super Bowl 42 (New England Patriots lose to the Giants for their only loss of the season) that you could not rule out a possible upset. Undefeated Mega Chargers brought their 10-0 record, and their almost 500 point differential into the lower division championship game against Team No Name (5-5). We all know the story behind Mega Chargers, and how they ran through all their opponents this year due to them being in the lower division at the start of the season. They had the league leader in touchdowns (Mike Scibilia), and the league leader in sacks (Tom) who both won those by a wide margin. Their Quarterback Nick Scibilia had a fantastic season throwing for 50 touchdowns in just 10 games, and capturing the league MVP. Team No Name, on the other hand, was looking for a miracle of some sorts due to the fact they could barely keep the score close in their two losses to Mega Chargers during the season. Team No Name got some bad news at the start of the game when it was made official that team captain and QB Tito was not going to be able to make it to the championship game on time. Braves QB Chris Lonzi was able to fill in for Tito, and what a game it would be for Lonzi and the team “without a name”.
The game got off to typical Mega Chargers fashion as in just two plays they scored their first touchdown. It was another terrific Scibilia brother connection, this time it was Joe Scibilia who hauled in a 57 yard pass from his brother Nick, and then converted the PAT for a 7-0 lead. Team No Name then had their first possession, and it did not take long for their great pass rushers to make an impact. Tom had a very clever spin move rush on third and long, and finished it with a quick sack on Lonzi which gave the ball right back to the red-hot Chargers offense. It was on No Name’s next drive where the referees started to get involved and the game took a turn in major way for Team No Name. It was fourth down from about twenty yards out and Lonzi was engulfed in pressure from Tom and Tim Rosaci once again, and barely got the ball out of his hands before his flag was pulled. A flag on the field led to an automatic first down and a golden chance for Team No Name to tie the score before the end of the half. It was a roughing the passer call on Tom, who was not happy at all with the call along with the entirety of the Mega Chargers’ bench. In just two plays, Team No Name capitalized on their golden opportunity when Michael Castro ran a perfect out route to find himself open for a Lonzi pass to the corner to put Team No Name on the board. Following a great play on the PAT, Team No Name tied the game at 7 with only a couple minutes left on the clock for the first half. The half ended with that same score, 7-7.
It was clear during halftime that this was not going to be any type of blowout game for Mega Chargers. Mike Scibilia was held out of the end zone in the first half for the first time all season by simple man coverage from Michael Castro. The upset became more believable once the second half started, as on Team No Name’s second play from scrimmage Lonzi had one of his best runs of the season. From 35 yards out, Lonzi had one of his best rushes all season as he avoided sure-tacklers Matt Cassick and Don Yavicoli to put Team No Name in the lead 13-7. However, this game was far from over and Mega Chargers were able to grab a point on Team No Names PAT due to a Lonzi Interception. Then, in typical Meg Chargers fashion, Nick Scibilia connected on a deep ball to a wide-open Dean Thompson to put Mega Chargers back ahead 15-13. Sam Figueroa made a crucial mistake in letting Dean go past him when Figueroa had the deep third as part of Team No Name’s cover three defense. Fortunately for Team No Name this turned out to be their final mistake of the game. The defense held strong after a quick three and out gave the ball right back to Lonzi and Damon Powell with about eight minutes remaining on the clock. Lonzi completed a short pass to Dame on first down to reset the chains which milked some precious time off the clock for Mega Chargers. It came down to a fourth down play from twelve yards out with only two minutes left on the clock. Mohammed Saleh made his first big impact on the game from the offensive perspective and hauled in what would the championship-winning touchdown from another perfect throw from Lonzi. With such little time on the clock it was looking very bleak for Mega Chargers, and with a four-point deficit they just could not move the ball at a fast pace. The game ended 19-15 in favor of the massive underdogs Team No Name.
The hardest part of this review is deciding who was the player of the game for Team No Name. The complete defensive effort is what allowed them to take down high-scoring Mega Chargers, especially finishing the game with only 19 points. Anthony had the teams only sacks, and every starter on defense had at least one flag grab. Lonzi fit in very well for Tito with a stat line of 16-20 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Lonzi also had 55 yards rushing and a touchdown in that department as well. Damon Powell and Michael Castro both had four catches and Mo Saleh deserves immense praise for his game-winning score. A fantastic finish to a season with ups and downs but of course that means nothing to the guys who were holding the trophy in the end. Congratulations to Team No Name on one of the biggest upsets in Epic Center history.