“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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