When the 19th LAEFL season ended, the Los Angeles Rams and Coach Anthony Price was raising the trophy for a record tying third time. During this off season, each of the LAEFL coaches are preparing for a milestone 20th LAEFL season.
The coaches are busy revamping their teams. Some are painting new teams, some are adding to their current teams, and some are giving a face lift to their current team, and new coaches are looking to crack plastic with the veterans that have been around since the league began 20 years ago.
All in all, the LAEFL is looking to make their 20th season their best season ever. New teams, new coaches, new enthusiasm and a new milestone season. Are you ready for some football???????????
reporting for the LAEFL Chronicle -Steven Watts
The 12th edition of Dave and Eric’s LAEFL Open Run was held Saturday, 10/12/2019, with 10 coaches vying for the rights to be crowned champion. After the round robins were played, 8 were left to see who would raise the hardware. The players fought tooth and nail to narrow the field to 2 former LAEFL champions to slug it out for the title. Coach Vince Peatros (nominated for LAEFL Hall of Fame) and Coach Marcelo (Celo) Troilo (a future Hall of Famer) and defending LAEFL Open Run champion, left the LAEFL to form the CAEFL and still make time to compete against their former league brothers. Vince went into battle with the 1969 Minnesota Vikings while Coach Celo commanded the pre-Super Bowl New Orleans Saints. Prior to the game Coach Vince was heard to say “This is going to be a high scoring affair”.
When play began, it had all the makings of a defensive battle as both teams were determined to keep the other one out of the endzone. The 1st Qtr ended 0-0 with Coach Vince moving the ball. With 11: 25 remaing in the first half, first blood was drawn by the Vikes for a 7-0 lead. Coach Celo’s Saints quickly responded to tie it 7-7. Coach Vince shot back to take a 14-7 lead. Coach Celo says “not on my watch” and puts up another 7 for a 14-14 tie. Coach Vince fires the last salvo of the half to take a 21-14 lead into the half.
The 2nd half began with the Saints fumbling the kick return and the Vikes are set up on the Saints 16 yard line. Taking advantage of the turnover, the Vikes extend their lead to 28-14. Inspired by their special teams turnover, the Vikes defense stepped up their game forcing a Saints punt. The Vikings offense, not wanting to be outdone, put up another 7 for a 35-14 lead. Coach Celo’s Saints were not going easy into that “gentle night” and worked their way to another score to make it a 35-21 game with 6:09 remaining in the 3rd Qtr. Coach Celo pulled of what the Super Bowl winning Saints pulled off by executing a successful onside kick totally surprising the Vikings. But that was the last surprise of the day as the Vikes and Saints defenses dug in and traded punches the rest of the day and the Vikings prevailed for a 35-21 victory. Coach Vince Peatros was awarded his trophy by Dave and Eric’s Open Run co-founder Eric Robinson (whose Raiders were eliminated in the quarter final round).
reporting for the LAEFL Chronicle – Steven Watts
With our 20th season just around the corner the league has inducted our first class into the Los Angeles Electric Football League Hall of Fame.
The new members to the hall are Chet Hamptonstall , Vince Peatros, Mike Turner, Eric Robinson and Dave Campbell. All are very deserving of the honor as they set the bar for what is the league today.
Chet- was one of the co-founders of the league in 2000. He played with the league for three seasons before leaving for Colorado. Chet not only was a fine coach but a master painter. Many of his teams are still running in the league today.
Vince- what can you say about the G.O.A.T. He has mentored many in the league about scheme and bases. His knowledge of the game is second to none. Vince helped found the league in 1998 when we played in his garage.
Eric-has been the league commissioner for going on 10 seasons now. He has a SHOW title and 3 Open Run titles. The league has always been a focal point to him. League first. He is also one of the Co-founders of the Open Run.
David- the leagues first two time champion and co-founder of the Open Run Tourney. Commissioner of the league. Dave also was behind the early graphics for the league. The shield logo and The SHOW posters were his designs.
Mike- one of the founding members of the league. Founder of the Dual in the Desert which at the time was the first tournament held on the west coast. One of the most prolific passer the league has seen. He has won the Open Run tournament and has been a runner up twice trying to win The SHOW.
Each coach will have a plaque with the new league HOF logo and the year inducted along with “Founder ” in scripted onto their plaque. The league again would like to thank the first five for their contribution, innovation and fellowship to the Los Angeles Electric Football League.
That time of the year again. Eric and Dave’s Open Run Tournament is open to the public.
Saturday Oct. 12
Dave & Busters
Howard Hughes Center Promenade
6081 Center Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90045
There is a $30.00 entry fee
The public is welcome to play or just come hang out and watch the action.
“Defense wins championships “,were the words heard coming from 3-time LAEFL champion Anthony Price. His Rams just beat Eric Robinson’s Raiders 7-0 for back to back championship and his third in the last 4 seasons.
The road was hard fought as the Rams found themselves in a real battle early in the first round. Defense came to the rescue in the second half and took away the big play that helped the Vikings stay close. SKOL was heard no more as the Rams went on to a 46-13.
Round 2 was no easy task as the number one seed Seahawks were waiting next. The game was over early as the Rams defense put the hammer down on the Seahawks. Every time the Seahawks tried to run they were pushed back. every time they tried to pass they were either sacked or had to throw the ball away as they couldn’t get open. On offense the Rams could do what they wanted. If they wanted to run the ball it was there all day. Throwing the ball they couldn’t be stopped. It was in the second half when the Seahawks made it a game only for a brief moment back to back drives resulting in touchdowns brought the game to within 2 scores but the Rams would have none of that and secured their trip to the SHOW with a 31-14 win.
Next up Eric Robinson and his Oakland Raiders. Anthony won his first title over the Raiders three years ago. This was a mental test of the wits between these two rivals. The game was a heavyweight slugfest from the start. The Raiders defense came to play as well. That vaunted offense that was on display in the early rounds was no where to be found in the first half as both defenses controlled the tempo. Field position was a key factor in the game as the Raiders were playing from deep in their own end most of the game. Early in the third quarter it cost them. A short Ray Guy punt sets up the Rams on a short field. Ferragamo went to work with a short passing game and Little Ant did the damage on the ground. Earl Bruce caught the 20yd pass and with the extra point the Rams led 7-0 midway through the third quarter.
Tenacity all game long never giving an inch and when they did give they took back on the next play. The Raiders never could sustain any offense, 4 first downs for the game and they didn’t convert on three third down chances. The Rams faired better on third downs going 3-5 and they had 7 first downs for the game. Late in the fourth looking put the game away the Rams drove to the Raiders 20yd line and were lining up for a 37 yd field goal. Wide right the Raiders dodged a game ending score and had under 2 minutes to tie the game up. A quick Marcus Allen run and time out. Then the tenacity was released and the Raiders never saw it coming. Sack, Sack, incomplete ,incomplete. Back to Back Champions.
Final score 7-0 Rams and Coach Anthony Price becomes the first three time champion of the Los Angeles Electric Football League. Reporting for The Buzz the unofficial newsletter of the LAEFL ,I’m Rastahaze and this was the championship of the LAEFL according to me.
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