WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Another fantastic night of Monday football went into the books this past week. One team put up 74 points while the Braves lost another tough game, and have yet to pick up a win this season. The game that really caught my eye was the closing game at 11 o’clock. Dynamite brought a 2-1 record in to face undefeated 3-0 Team No Name. Dynamite was looking to bounce back from their narrow loss to Hellagoods in the week before. Their quarterback Bobby has played well all year, and last week he had over 300 yards with 4 touchdowns. This week also marked the return of star receiver Ed Starr who had not played since week one where he had two touchdowns. Team No Name looked to add to their three-game win streak. Their quarterback Tito has had a terrific season as well. Tito has proven to be a very tough QB to defend primarily because of his running ability. He has had 60+ rushing yards in all three of his games this season. His primary weapons, Yusef B. and Tony Rivera were also ready to go against their toughest matchup of the season.
Team No Name began with the ball, but it was tough sledding for the entirety of the first half for their offense. Tito was finding it very difficult to complete passes especially on third and fourth down. The edge defenders of Dynamite was playing terrific contain defense. Ed Starr and Ed Harof were the primary contributors to the strong defense played by Dynamite early on. Bobby and his offense were able to convert on the terrific field position given to them by Team No Name, and their inability to convert fourth downs. Jeff Farr caught the first touchdown of the game on a great play by Bobby to buy a bunch of time in the pocket. This was Farr’s fourth touchdown of the season, and also put him just three touchdowns behind the league leader. Another turnover on downs from Team No Name on their next drive led to another touchdown by Bobby and Dynamite’s offense. This time it was Ed Starr with his third touchdown in just his second game played. Team No Name was able to catch some momentum and score before the halftime buzzer. Yusef B. made a great play on an errant pass from Bobby and brought in his fourth interception of the season. Tito then capped off a terrific drive from Team No Name with a rushing touchdown from twenty yards out. The score at halftime was 19-7 in favor of Dynamite.
Dynamite was able to score on their opening drive in the second half, and this increased their lead to 18 points. Tito and co. did not look like they were going to throw in the towel by any means but a comeback from 18 points with just twenty minutes left in the game is extremely difficult. Damon Powell came alive in the second half for Team No Name, as he hauled in two touchdowns on five catches. Unfortunately for Team No Name these were the only touchdowns they scored the rest of the game. A key play of the game came on fourth down with Team No Name down just four points. Tito threw a ball to Yusef B. who ran a great out route to get open and caught the ball on the goal line. It looked like Yusef made the catch in the end zone, and then was pushed back out. However, the ref called him short claiming he did not have possession of the ball until he was pushed out of the end zone. This led to a strong argument from Yusef, as well as the rest of Team No Name. The call stood and Team No Name had to give the ball back to Dynamite with just two minutes on the clock. The game ended in a 25-21 score in favor of Dynamite. I decided to give the player of the game to Ed Starr. He finished the game with 4 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, but his contributions on defense went beyond the stat book. He showed how valuable he is to this Dynamite team especially when it comes to their defensive scheme. It gets no easier for Dynamite as they get another undefeated team Mega Chargers in their next game this Monday. Team No Name gets to face the only other undefeated team in the league this year, Hellagoods, in their next game here at Epic Center