It was a busy weekend in the football world. No, not the World Cup where they play futbol but there were several championships played in the American-version of football. Let’s start here at home first…..
United Bowl: Iowa Barnstormers 42, Sioux Falls Storm 38
The Iowa Barnstormers won their first indoor football title after 18 seasons with a thrilling 42-38 win over the Sioux Falls Storm to win the Indoor Football League (IFL) title. QB Drew Powell, the recently named IFL MVP, led Iowa down the field in less than three minutes for the game-winning drive. It was capped by a bruising and dramatic Jamal Tyler touchdown run. The Barnstormers were down 38-35 heading into the final drive. Tyler’s go-ahead touchdown came with just 13 seconds left in the game.
Now for title games overseas……
Italian Bowl: Milano Seamen 28, Bolzano Giants 14
The Milano Seamen came from behind to win their second straight Italian championship and the fourth in five years as they downed the Bolzano Giants 28-14 in the 2018 Italian Bowl.
Belguim Bowl XXXI: Brussels Black Angels 50, Limburg Shotguns 0
The Brussels Black Angels spoiled a magical year for the league newcomers the Limburg Shotguns in Belgian Bowl XXXI, by overwhelming them 50-0 to win their third Belgian title This was the fourth straight appearance in the Belgian championship game for the Black Angels and 11th overall. They have won three of the last four but this was the most lopsided victory.
Swedish Championship: Stockholm Mean Machines 42, Carlstad Crusaders 41
For the first time since 2010, there will be a new name on the Swedish championship trophy as the Stockholm Mean Machines stunned the Carlstad Crusaders 42-41 in the Swedish championship final at Stockholm Stadion. Behind a 28 point third quarter, Stockholm took a 42-28 lead into the fourth quarter and then held on as Carlstad mounted a furious comeback.
The Calanda Broncos won their eighth Swiss Bowl title in 10 years. The Broncos jumped out to a 23-0 lead at halftime and cruised to another title. The Broncos finished the season undefeated. The game was played in Bern.
Turkish American Football League: Koc Rams 52, Bogazici Sultans 21
The Koç Rams used a dominant second half performance to win their third straight Turkish American Football League title this past weekend by downing the Bogazici Sultans 52-21. The Rams broke open a tight ball game, scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half. Quarterback David Whipple completed eight of 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 124 and another two touchdowns in a superb performance. Running back Javonte Hence rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns while wide receivers Kaan Ozer and Alihan Agackesen caught a touchdown pass each. Mehmet Sarikatipoglu also kicked a 20 yard field goal.
The Kragujevac Wild Boars won their third consecutive Serbian championship and eighth overall by beating SBB Vukovi Belgrade 54-36 in Serbian Bowl XIV at Čika Dača Stadium in Kragujevac. Paced by a five-touchdown performance by running back Joshua Quezada, who earned MVP honors, and five touchdown passes from quarterback Dalton Oliver, Kragujevac took control of the game early on and never let up.