"We knew it was going to be a dog fight going into the game. No mater how much we were down my guys continued to hold their heads high and fight with all they had left, and in the end we were able to pull out a victory and walk away as the new champions. We will enjoy this victory for now but come next spring we will be back on the field ready to defend our championship", Shaun Sosa Arctic Seahawks
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It wasn’t easy and up against the defending champions Anchorage Cowboys, and down by as many as 15 points, the Arctic Seahawks found a way to complete an improbable comeback to win the AFL Championship in front of a record setting crowd at The AT&T Sports Pavilion.
The defending champs came out strong led by quarterback Si'o Fiso who drove the Cowboys on three scoring drives. Fiso Connected with Cornelius Daniels to make the score 7-0. The Seahawks would strike back as quarterback La’Michael Fernandez would connect with Dejaye Honeycutt on a 27 yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-6. The Cowboys would add a 1 yard touchdown from Kanuri Stokes to make it 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
On the next Seahawk possession Fernandez would fumble the ball off a Keiuntai Lane hit, scooping it up was Kahlil Autry who took it in for a Cowboys touchdown making the score 21-6. On the ensuing kickoff Honeycutt would return the kickoff back for a 45 yard touchdown making the score 21-12. Fernandez would make up for his turnover connecting with Jordan Daniels for a 25 yard touchdown pass 21-19 Cowboys. Fiso would connect with Shawn Adgerson on an incredible 43 yard touchdown catch to end the half with the Cowboys up 27-19.
The second half belonged to the Seahawk defense. They would show why they were ranked number 1 in the league. They played suffocating defense on the Cowboy receivers and harassed Fiso into completing only one pass in the entire second half. The defense was led by Naquan Morgan and Ma’o Tosi. James Westor would add a momentum changing interception. The Seahawks took advantage of the turnover as Fernandez would connected with Franklin on a 30 yard touchdown pass, adding the two point conversion, made the score 27-27. After a defensive stop the Seahawks would drive right down the field with Fernandez sneaking it in from 2 yards out giving the Seahawks their first lead of the game 33-27 to end the third quarter. Fernandez would be named the Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Game.
Penalties would hurt the Cowboys all game long and would haunt them in the fourth quarter. After a Cowboys turnover on downs the Seahawks would went on a long six minute drive taking it to the Cowboys 5 yard line but were unable to score. The Cowboys would have the ball with one last shot at tying the game. Fiso would lead the Cowboys down to the Seahawks 3 yard line with 27 seconds remaining but a holding penalty would push the Cowboys back to the 13 yard line. After a Seahawk sack Fiso would spike the ball with 1.8 seconds remaining. On the last play of the game Fiso attempted to connect with Agderson in the endzone but was broken up by Honeycutt to seal the win.
The Arctic Seahawks beat the Greatland Packers 34-8 in Sunday Night’s AFL playoff game to advance to the Championship game against the defending champions Anchorage Cowboys.
The Seahawks dominated the game from the start as league offensive MVP La'Michael Fernandez led the way passing and rushing for touchdowns giving Seahawks a 20-0 lead in the first half. Fernandez would finish the game 7 for 14 with 75 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fernandez would connect with 5 different receivers led by Jordan Daniels who had 2 receptions for 28 yards. Daniels also added 19 rushing yards. Daniels was named Buffalo Wild Wings Player of The Game.
The Seahawks defense would overwhelm the Packers and keep them out of the endzone until the final minutes of the game. The Seahawks defense was led by DeJaye Honeycutt who had 3 interceptions tying the league record, retuning one for a touchdown. Bernard Hutton added 4 tackles and Naquan Morgan added two tackles and a sack
The Seahawks win sets up a fantastic matchup for the AFL championship game between the two best teams in the league. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday October 19th 7:35pm at the AT&T Sports Pavilion.
The Anchorage Cowboys will defend their title as they survive a gritty Eagle River Raiders team 25-18 in Thursday Night’s AFL playoff action.
The Raiders defense struck first as Al Matavao returned an interception for a touchdown giving the Raiders an early 6-0 lead which they would carry into the second quarter. The Cowboys would counter in the second quarter as quarterback Si'o Fisoo Fis would connect with Cornelius Daniels for a 7 yard touchdown. Fiso would add another touchdown on a 6 yard run. The Cowboys would take a 12-6 lead into halftime.
Both teams would not score in the third quarter. The Cowboys would strike quickly in the Fourth when Fiso connected with Kevin Brown on a 27 yard pass giving the Cowboys an 18-6 lead. Filling in at quarterback Marcus Spencer Spwould lead the Raiders comeback connecting with Tim Kincaid on two touchdown passes making the score 18-18 with under a minute left in the game
With 5.4 seconds left in the game Fiso would toss a game winning 3 yard pass to Brown lifting the Cowboys to the win. Fiso would finish with 3 passing touchdowns and 27 yards rushing including 1 touchdown. Brown added 30 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Fiso was named Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the game
The Anchorage Cowboys got off to a slow start but finished strong in 53-14 victory over the Alaska Giants
The undermanned Giants came out in the first quarter and surprised the Cowboys, scoring on their first two drives. The first on a deflected pass that Antwon Jones would take in from 43 yards out. Marcus Foster would then connect with Donald Gotchal on a second touchdown pass and at the end of the first quarter the Giants held a 12-7 lead.
In the second quarter the Cowboys scoring machine would erupt led by Si'o Fiso and Shawn Adgerson. Fiso connected with Adgerson on two touchdowns, but it was Michael Daniels who stole the show. He rushed for a touchdown and on defense had two interceptions, one for a touchdown. Daniels set a new AFL record for interceptions in a game with 3. Daniels was named the Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Game. The Cowboys would take a 26-14 halftime lead.
The scoring output for the Cowboys would continue in the second half as Fiso had a rushing touchdown and targeted Kevin Brown on a 40 yard bomb for another. Christian Bratcher would recover a fumble for another Cowboys touchdown, making the score 43-14. Fiso finished the game 6 for 13 with 137 yards and 4 touchdowns. Fiso set the record for touchdowns in a season with 20. Brown also added 3 receptions and 56 yards. Brown also set new AFL marks for receiving yards and touchdowns in a season.
It went to the very end but the 3-3 Eagle River Raiders were able to hold off the 1-5 Greatland Packers 32-31 in Thursday night’s AFL action.
Both teams came out hot and scored three touchdowns between them in the first quarter. Hans Nassen made his debut at quarterback for the Raiders and was impressive, leading the team on touchdowns on the Raiders first two drives, taking a 12-6 lead into the second quarter
The second quarter belonged to the Packers as they opened the offense led by Kendill McVay. McVay connected on two touchdown passes to Ani Isumu and Coyan Grant. Raiders Marcus Spencer added a 25 yard rushing touchdown as the Raiders took a 19-18 halftime lead.
In the third quarter Nansen and John Tofiga added rushing touchdowns as the Raiders took control of the game 32-18. Nansen finished with 54 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Nassen was named Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Game.
The Packers would continue to battle back as a Raider onside kick attempt would back fire as newly signed John Lemalu would recover the kick and run it back for a touchdown making it 32-25 Raiders. The momentum was now with the Packers and with under 20 seconds in the game McVay connected with Grant on a 22 yard touchdown pass to make it 32-31. Feeling the momentum was on their side the Packers decided to go for a two point conversion and the win. Grant took an outside pitch to the left but step out on the sideline inches from the goaline and the Raiders prevailed 32-31.
|All games to be played at the AT&T Sports Pavilion|
|Arctic Seahawks vs Eagle River Raiders||8-14-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Greatland Packers||8-17-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Arctic Seahawks||8-21-14|
|Eagle River Raiders vs Anchorage Cowboys||8-24-14|
|Greatland Packers vs Alaska Giants||8-28-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Eagle River Raiders||9-4-14|
|Arctic Seahawks vs Greatland Packers||9-7-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Arctic Seahawks||9-11-14|
|Greatland Packers vs Eagle River Raiders||9-14-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Anchorage Cowboys||9-18-14|
|Eagle River Raiders vs Arctic Seahawks||9-21-14|
|Greatland Packers vs Anchorage Cowboys||9-25-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Arctic Seahawks||9-28-14|
|Eagle River Raiders vs Greatland Packers||10-2-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Alaska Giants||10-5-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Eagle River Raiders||10-9-14|
|Arctic Seahawks vs Greatland Packers||10-12-14|
|Arctic Seahawks vs Anchorage Cowboys||10-19-14|
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