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2009 PLAYOFFS

Wild Card Round:            

Canton - 19  at  Rural Hall - 0   Canton pulls off a mild upset thanks in large part to an impressive defense. They held Rural Hall to just 6 first downs and 152 yards of net offense. 

Lackawanna County - 14  at  Bear Creek - 20   Michael Turner's workhorse performance (26 carries, 151 yds, 1 TD) leads the Mountaineers. With 13 minutes left and the score tied at 14, Bear Creek burned the next 7 minutes while driving to a 30 yard go ahead field goal. On the first play of the ensuing series, Drew Brees was intercepted by Anthony Henry, setting up another BC 3 pointer. Lackawanna got the ball back at their own 9 with 1:18 to play but Brees and company were unable to move the ball out of their own end.

Divisional Round:

Canton -17  at  Lenox Hill - 23    Down by 6 with 4 minutes to play, Canton drives from their own 14 to the Lenox 3, twice converting on fourth down to keep the drive alive. Facing 2nd and goal, Donavan McNabb's quick pass to Dustin Keller falls incomplete. Felix Jones then sweeps the right side but is tripped up at the one. Fourth down, 44 seconds to play, Jonathan Stewart heads for paydirt behind big left tackle Kareem McKenzie but Mathias Kiwanuka and Cornelius Griffin cannot be moved, allowing Karlos Dansby and Stephen Cooper to bottle up Stewart before he can get back to the line of scrimmage. Another heart-breaking loss by the Bulldogs at the hands of their nemesis.

Marietta -16  at  BB - 9    Marietta and BB hook up in another classic and the Maulers are lucky to escape with a “W” that was only assured when Terrell Suggs picked Kurt Warner off at the Maulers’ 5 with under 20 seconds to play. The league’s #1 rushing offense is lead by Correll Buckhalter (5-53) and racks up 151 on the ground.  BB counters with DeAngelo Williams (20-114). Marietta held a 16-6 lead with just over two minutes to play.  John Carney converts a 26 yd FG at the 1:59 mark and then BB recovers the ensuing onside at their 43 with 1:49 to play and all three TO’s. Ron Borlan masterfully coaches BB down to the Marietta 18 with 20 seconds to play before the Suggs interception.

Bear Creek - 0  at  New Jersey - 30    Thirty-seven degrees and heavy rain apparently have no effect on the Jersey boys as they roll up 404 yards in offense to win handily. The Mountaineers on the other hand, were held without a first down until the second quarter, and by then trailed 13-0.

 

Frostburg - 21  at  Fog City - 41   -   Fog City knocks the Retrievers out of the playoffs for the second year in a row.  Some experts suggested that Frostburg's defense (266 yds allowed/game, 4th fewest) was overrated, and the Sea Dogs proved it convincingly.  They methodically moved the ball at will, rolling up 25 first downs in 41-plus minutes time of possession.  "We used the extra week of preparation to scout the heck out of those guys," said coach Mike afterwards.  "That was a big waste of time. We were on our heels the whole game and just got stomped. I guess it's back to the drawing board with this bunch."

Conference Championships:

Marietta - 3  at  Lenox Hill - 20       In a heavy downpour at Giants Stadium, long-time rivals Lenox Hill and Marietta clashed once again. This game lacked the back-and-forth tension of previous classics as the Maulers' offense got bogged down in the sloppy conditions, accumulating only 179 total yards and going 2 for 13 on third down conversions. Despite excellent play calling by Coach Cushing, QBs Tavaris Jackson and Seneca Wallace and a fleet of RBs failed to execute.  Meanwhile, the Hitmen controlled the ball for 40 minutes, going 12 for 19 on third down. The Hitmen needed some luck to control the wet ball -- they recovered 3 of their 4 fumbles. Kevin Faulk contributed an outstanding rushing game (9-91). It was clear things were going Lenox's way when Shaun Hill threw an out pass to Plaxico Burress from the Marietta 8 and the unpredictable WR improvised a hook and ladder to Brandon Jacobs for a TD.

Fog City - 3  at  New Jersey - 37      Fog City takes the opening drive 79 yards but has to settle for a 26 yd fg. Little did they know that would be all the points they would put up today as it was all New Jersey after that. After the fg, Coach Mike decides to onside kick (ala Sean Payton). This strategy did not work as NJ recovers the onside kick and drives down to take an early lead. Fog City was only able to manage another 76 yards of total offense for the rest of the game as New Jersey is able to make it back to the Championship game.  After the game Coach Gould was asked about the big win. "We are just happy to make it to the Championship game. Hopefully, we do a little better than last year. We are especially happy to be going against Lenox Hill. To be the man you have to beat the man!! Andrew has definitely been the man of the UFE since day 1!!!"

UFE BOWL VI:

New Jersey - 23  vs.  Lenox Hill - 7    at the Hoosier Dome.  The Jawbreakers have done the impossible and brought the UFE title home to the AFC after 5 straight wins by the NFC. Congrats to Andrew on another great season as he went for his 4th championship. However, he finally comes up short in the championship game. New Jersey led the whole way in this one behind 226 yards rushing, including 118 of them by game MVP Maurice Jones Drew.

Game Summary: Lenox Hill got the ball first and drove 57 yards before ending the drive on a Brandon Jacobs fumble. New Jersey picked up a couple of first downs before being forced to punt. New Jersey then holds Lenox Hill to a 3 and out but, wait, Kevin Carter is called for offsides on 4th and 2 giving Lenox Hill a first down but their drive immediately stalls as New Jersey forces the punt. New Jersey then catches Lenox Hill playing towards the right side as they pitch it to Jones Drew going to the left and he rumbles for 51 yards on a 2nd and 4 finally being tackled on the Lenox Hill 19. Four plays later MJD runs it in from 1 yard to give New Jersey a 7-0 lead with 0:16 left in the 1st quarter. Lenox Hill is only able to manage 1 first down before punting the ball back to New Jersey. New Jersey then goes on an 11 play drive culminating with a Matt Forte 1 yard run to give New Jersey a 14-0 lead with 8:22 left in the 2nd quarter.

Then New Jersey defines the bend no break D to the max. Lenox Hill goes on an 18 play drive but on 3rd and 10 Shaun Hill tries to throw into New Jersey's Quarter D....he has no place to throw and decides to run but gets blindsided and losses the ball. With only a couple minutes left in the half both teams trade series before NJ takes a couple of knees to go into the half up 14-0.

New Jersey gets the ball to start the 3rd quarter and go on a long 12 play drive that ends with a John Kasay 27 yard fg to give New Jersey a 17-0 lead with 8:04 left in the 3rd quarter. Lenox Hill gets the ball back and after picking up 1 first down find themselves in a 4th and 1 from the 50. Lenox Hill tries to run Brandon Jacobs up the middle on 4th down but New Jersey is all over it and Jacobs has no chance as he runs into a 6 man front and losses a yard. New Jersey then finds themselves with a 4th and 1 of their own at Lenox Hills 40 but decide to punt and pins Lenox Hill at their own 8. Lenox Hill goes 3 and out and have to punt it right back. New Jersey moves the ball down but settle for a John Kasay 34 yard fg to go up 20-0 with 1:15 left in the 3rd quarter.

Lenox Hill hits a couple long passes and wind up with a 3rd and 10 at the New Jersey 13 yard line. Shaun Hill throws it into the endzone and they call pass interference on Ernie Sims giving Lenox Hill a 1st and goal at the one. Lenox Hill punches it in to cut the lead to 20-7 with 13:51 left in the game. New Jersey goes 3 and out but now Lenox Hill is the one called for offsides on 4th down so New Jersey keeps the ball. New Jersey would keep the ball for 11 more plays ending with a 35 yard John Kasay fg at 3:03 left in the game. Shaun Hill is now throwing it deep into the 3-1 quarter D of the Jawbreakers....a couple plays later Derrell Revis picks off the ball with 2:13 left...that would be the last time Lenox Hill would see the ball as New Jersey runs out the clock.

2009 SEASON FINAL SUMMARY AND AWARDS

Final Regular Season Standings 
All Pro Teams 
Offensive MVP:  Matt Ryan (Fog City)
Defensive MVP:  DeMarcus Ware  (Hudson County)
Coach of the Year:  Andrew Brisman  (Lenox Hill)

Offensive Leaders

 Rushing Deangelo Williams (BB)  -  1605 yds. Rushing Leaders
 Passing Matt Schaub (New Jersey)  -  110.4 rating Passing Leaders
 Receptions Andre Johnson (Canton) - 93 receptions,  Larry Fitzgerald (Ten.) - 1565 yds. Receiving Leaders
 Touchdowns Deangelo Williams (BB) - 16 TD's Scoring Leaders

Defensive Leaders

 Tackles London Fletcher (Etna) - 189 Tackle Leaders
 Sacks DeMarcus Ware (Hudson Co.) - 22 Sack Leaders
 Interceptions Nick Collins (Portland) - 8 Int. Leaders
 ForcedFumbles DeMarcus Ware (Hudson Co.) - 8 

Team Leaders

 Total Yards - Offense BB Bombers  -  388.4/game
 Rushing Offense Marietta Maulers  -  156.4/game
 Passing Offense BB Bombers  -  251.4/game
 Points Scored BB Bombers  -  500
 Fewest Turnovers Marietta, Frostburg  -  14
 Fewest Total Yards - Defense Rural Hall 10th AD  -  235.8/game
 Rushing Defense Frostburg Retrievers  -  84.6/game
 Passing Defense Rural Hall 10th AD  -  143.4/game
 Fewest Points Allowed New Jersey Jawbreakers  -  219
 Most Takeaways Rural Hall 10th AD  -  37

  Team Offense Complete Report

  Team Defense Complete Report

 

WEEK 16

The final spot in the AFC playoff picture came down to a four team cage match. Macungie, Lackawanna, Florida and Tampa Bay all were in the running. The Maurauders were elliminated with a 37-3 loss at Frostburg. Florida beat Albany 16-7 but got squeezed out because Lackawanna prevailed at home over Tampa Bay 36-28. Drew Brees was the hero (and POW) with a 32 of 42 performance for 384 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Coalmen are in, earning the right to face Bear Creek in the wild card round.

WEEK 15

The NFC playoff slate has been determined as Portland (8-7) and Hudson County (8-7) are elliminated. The Predators deserve particular recognition after starting the season 1-6. Since then they are 7-1 with all but two of those victories coming by less than a touchdown.

WEEK 14

Game of the Week - Louisianna 13 at Bear Creek 19 (OT).  With both teams fighting to stay in the playoff hunt at snowy Rich Stadium, the Mountaineers block a punt on the River Dogs first overtime possession and Tommy Harris corrals the ball in the end zone.

News of the Week - ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Hudson County's Brett Farve is upset with a lack of playing time, not to mention his team's 8-6 record. Sources say Farve had a meeting last Friday with Head Coach Lance DiBisceglie and Team Owner Juan Ahockaloogie to discuss his future with the team. This coming on the heals of a disappointing loss in which Farve watched from the sidelines as Tony Romo struggled. Farve has been quoted as saying "There are Teams I would be happy to discuss a trade with during the offseason".

WEEK 13

Player of the Week - New Jersey has clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but there's no resting starters with this club. Darrelle Revis leads the Jawbreakers into a hostile Rural Hall home field, picking off 2 Aaron Rodgers passes, as the NJ defense forces 5 turnovers in a 20-6 win.

WEEK 12

Player of the Week - It's been a bit of a disappointing season for young Macungie QB Matt Cassel, but a 345 yard, 3 TD passing performance in a loss to BB is worthy of recognition.

WEEK 11

Game of the Week:  Etna 20 at Louisianna 26 - The Volcanoes take a well deserved 17-3 lead into the locker room at halftime while the home crowd boos the defending champs as frustration with their 4-6 campaign boils to the surface.  Coach Dave was introspective when questioned by sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya: "Plenty of blame to go around, fine line between success and failure, but like Parcells says, "you check your record after 16 games and you are what you are".
In the second half Etna was plagued by poor field position, allowing LA to forge a lead by running off 23 pts.  Frank Schneider's boys finally catch a break with 6 mins to go, Adrian Peterson stood up at his own 28, ball ripped out, Etna on the recovery. 4th and 4 at the LA 15, Volcs settle for the trey...26-20 LA.  Onside kick expected, but executed to perfection, Etna has a shot...Big Ben connects on a couple slants, Etna in scoring range.  Dogs blitz the vulnerable Roethlisberger, comes a 4th and 11 from LA 29, Ben forced to check down, is hurried, pass incomplete and it's over.

Player of the Week:   Demarcus Ware (Hudson County) records 4 sacks, giving him 11 in the last 3 games! 

WEEK 10

Player of the Week:  Philip Rivers (Tampa Bay) throws 5 TD passes to lead the Black Sheep to a 38-17 win over division foe Macungie.

WEEK 9

Game of the Week:  New Jersey 24 at Louisianna 23 - NJ avenges last year's championship loss and stays unbeaten at 9-0. NJ had 10 penalties and 3 turnovers compared to Louisianna's 5 penalties and 1 turnover. Louisianna scored 17 unanswered pts to take a 23-14 lead with just under 11 minutes left to play. NJ answers with a 16 play drive ending on a Matt Schaub to Antonio Brynat 7 yard TD pass while eating up 6 minutes.  NJ then held Louisianna with a 3 and out (Louisianna would never see the ball again).  NJ got the ball back on their own 32 with 2:46 left on the clock, moved to the Louisanna 45 on 6 plays....this is where things got interesting.  With Louisanna keying on the RB, NJ goes to the air and gains 18 yards to put them in FG territory....but hold on....NJ is called for holding...repeat 2nd down......NJ then completes a 20 yard pass to pick up the first and get back into very long fg territory.....but hold on......NJ is called for holding once again....NJ now has 2nd and 26 with 0:59 seconds remaining.....NJ goes deep but the pass falls incomplete.....now it is 3rd and 26.....With Louisianna in a 3-2 dime NJ pitches the
ball to P.J. Pope who runs for 12 yards leaving them with 4th and 14.  NJ then catches Louisanna on a blitz completing a medium slant to Maurice Jones-Drew for 20 yards and a 1st down.  NJ runs a couple more plays and wins the game on a last second 23 yard fg.

Player of the Week:  Michael Griffin (Fog City) has 3 interceptions to lead the Sea Dogs defense in a 26-0 shutout of Lackawanna County.

WEEK 8

Co-Players of the Week:  Hudson County knocked off Florida 35-13 thanks in large part to Clinton Portis (35 carries, 192 yards, 3 touchdowns) on offense and Melvin Bullitt (3 interceptions) on defense.

WEEK 7

Player of the week:  The training staff has to put in overtime icing down the right arm of Big Ben Roethlisberger (Etna) after he abuses it by throwing 52 passes, completing 35 of them for 468 yards, 2 TD's and 2 interceptions in Etna's 37-31 win over Albany.

WEEK 6

Games of the Week:  Florida puts their unbeaten record on the line against a Canton squad which lost its first game of the season last week to Etna. Five plays into the game the Sun had an early 7-0 advantage. Their side of the scoreboard would not change again until there were 58 seconds left in the game. In the meantime the Bulldogs piled up 34 points of their own, paced by a 214 yard ground attack. The final was Canton 34  Florida 14. The win draws Canton even with perennial division champ Lenox Hill in the NFC East, with 5-1 records.     Marietta 28 San Pedro 26:  Down 8 points late in the 4th, San Pedro somehow made it all the way downfield, converting on 3 separate 4th down plays, scored a TD…then MISSED the 2 point conversion!  So close, and yet so very very far.

Offensive POW:  Terrell Owens (Marietta), 6 receptions for 152 yards and 3 TD's in win over the Beach Bums.

Defensive POW:  Paul Spicer (Louisianna) - Has 3 sacks to help the River Dogs upset the high flying Bombers.

WEEK 5

Game of the Week:  Fog City 28 at Florida 34 - Florida jumps out to a 20-0 halftime lead in this battle of division rivals. Fog City rookie QB Matt Ryan catches fire in the second half to close to within 6 points with a minute left but the comeback is thwarted by a fumble returned for a TD by a Sun defender. Florida stays unbeaten at 5-0 and opens a two game lead in the AFC Central Division.

Offensive POW:  Randy Moss (Fog City) catches 10 passes for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. His QB was a close second in the voting with 356 yards passing and 4 TD'S

Defensive POW:  John Abraham (Rural Hall) has 3 sacks to go with 5 tackles in a big win for the 10th AD over longtime rival Marietta.

WEEK 4

New Jersey 34  Mile High 23  -  New Jersey seemed to be in control most of the game but could not get Mile High to go away. Mile High cut the lead to 4 pts with roughly 10 minutes left but NJ went on a 13 play drive eating up over 8 minutes on the clock. Only 1 punt on the day.

Etna 13  Lenox Hill 17  -  The Hitmen overcome a 10-point deficit and squeak out a victory. In the fourth quarter, the Volcanos hoped to see some Roethlisberger heroics, but he failed to drive his team beyond the Lenox 26-yard line.

Game of Week  -  In a mind-numbing display of bad luck, Macungie musters just 5 first downs and 81 yards of net offense in a 31-0 loss to Frostburg.

OFF POY  -  Devone Bess (Fla) leads Florida to a 24-13 win over Albany by catching 10 passes, 2 for TD's.

DEF POY  -  Jacob Ford (Win) sacks Chad Pennington 4 times as Winnemucca downs Bear Creek 20-13.

WEEK 3

Marietta 30  Hudson County 8  -  Marietta’s home opener sends the crowd home happy as they witness Marietta’s defense dictating the flow of the game for the third straight week. The defense forced three fumbles, one interception, and sacked Farve in the end zone for a safety.

New Jersey 31  Tennessee 24  -  Matt Schaub lead the Jawbreakers to 472 yards of total offense as New Jersey was able to overcome 2 defensive TD's by the Copperheads.

OFF POY  -  Steve Smith (BB) catches 9 passes for 155 yards and a TD in a 38-21 win over Tampa Bay, as the Bombers go to 3-0.

DEF POY  -  Chris McAlister (Port) has 2 int's but the Beavers fall to Lackawanna 31-17, their third straight loss in a discouraging start to the season.

WEEK 2

BB 30  Frostburg 10  -  Frostburg turns in a dud in what had been billed as the game of the week.  Kurt Warner and Jericho Cotchery connected on a hail mary against the Retriever prevent D as time expired in the first half, giving the Bombers a 24-3 lead and crushing the home team's spirit.

Bear Creek 31  Tennessee 24  -  Tennessee gains 471 yards but turns the ball over 4 times.  Copperhead's QB Jason Campbell completed 23 of 27 for 334 yards and 3 TD's but threw 2 interceptions inside the Bear Creek 15 yard line. 

Louisiana 17  Canton 20  -  River Dogs are held to 259 total yards by another stout defense, sending the defending champs to an 0-2 start.

Marietta 14  Lenox Hill 28  -  The Hitmen rebound from a tough week one loss to knock off another tough opponent, despite just 171 yards in total offense.  In what could be a record if anyone ever looked it up, nine different Maulers had rushing attempts. 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Larry Fitzgerald caught 11 passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdown passes for Tennessee in their loss to Bear Creek.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Corey Webster (Lenox Hill) intercepted Tavaris Jackson twice to help Lenox overcome a frustrating day on offense.

WEEK 1

Marietta 31  Louisianna 18 -  Defending champ River Dogs opened on a sour note at home against division rival Marietta Maulers. When the smoke cleared, Louisianna had 9 penalties, 3 sacks, 2 turnovers and a woeful 1-9 on 3rd down conversions.

Hudson County 38  Etna 27 - Hudson comes back from a 17-3 haltime deficit.

Buffalo 22  Rural Hall 14 - Olindo Mare kicks 5 field goals and Buffalo spoils Rural Hall's opener despite being held to 25 yards rushing.

Canton 27  Lenox Hill 24  -  Long time rivals open the season in exciting fashion as Canton scores the final 17 points, including a game winning field goal on the final play.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Matt Ryan (Fog City).  Rookie QB has a huge day in his UFE debut, completing 23 of 35 passes for 366 yards and 6 TD's in Fog City's 45-24 win over Albany.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Demarcus Ware (Hudson County).  Four sacks, 2 hurries, one forced fumble, one stuff, one pass defensed, not to mention 11 tackles in the Hudson win over Etna.

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