LAEFL Open Run crowns new champion

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

 

LAEFL New Champion Makes History

The LAEFL playoffs and championship games were played today and a new champion, er, repeat champion was crowned. The Los Angeles Rams and Coach Anthony Price captured their 3rd overall title in league history with a repeat of their win last year.

It was a tough road for the Rams as they plowed their way through the Vikings, the #1 ranked Seahawks and the stubborn Raiders and Coach Eric Robinson, taking the crown 7-0. Coach Robinson’s Raiders gave no quarter to Coach Price’s Rams but Coach Price’s defense and equally explosive offense was in full display as they were not to be denied the repeat crown. Coach Price was heard to say”Defense wins Championships” after the last seconds ticked off the clock.

Each of the coaches participating congratulated the winner and runner-up for their run to the title game. Each of the coaches believing that one day their chance will come for them to hoist the trophy above their heads in triumph. Until then, congratulations Coach Price and your L.A. Rams for a job well done and making LAEFL history with your third title.

reporting for the LAEFL Chronicle

Steven Watts

3 Days to Playoffs

Closing in on the chase for history as the LAEFL will begin their playoffs and crown their champion on the same day. The Seahawks captured the #1 seed by default, as was heard in the gallery and are out to prove their ranking is not for a paper champion. The Raiders have beefed up their play and ride a 5 game win streak into the playoffs. The Eagles lost their first game to the Rams after starting out 5-0 and are looking to reestablish their winning ways. The Rams erased the bad taste in their mouth after their loss to the Raiders by taking down the Eagles by “inches” as was stated by a source close to the action. The Vikings are cooking up new plays for their match with the Rams to repay them for their regular season loss. The Jets are already envisioning Emerson Boozer making an impact on the Eagles. The Bills and Thurman want payback on the Raiders to show them their game was off last time they met. The 49ers have already expounded their desire to get past the #1 paper seeded Seahawks. What will happen?? We’ll find out Saturday, August 3 at the YMCA center. They say “Revenge is a dish best served cold”, we shall see who holds the trophy at the end of the day.

reporting for LAEFL Chronicle

Steven Watts

 

 

 

 

Six days to Playoffs

Playoffs, we’re talking about Playoffs- in your best Jim Mora voice.

The final week of LAEFL football is approaching as the NFL season looms. It’s Playoff time.  The seeds have been set and there are some very intriguing match-ups in the mix;

#8- 49ers at #1- Seahawks,  #7- Bills at #2- Raiders, #6- Jets at #3- Eagles,  #5- Vikings at #4- Rams.

Each of these teams met in the regular season and the higher seed prevailed in each match.  The 49ers are vocally shouting revenge and I’m sure, though not publicly stated, each of the other lower seeds have revenge on their minds as well.

When the plastic begins cracking, the outcomes could be “different” or not.

reporting for LAEFL Chronicle

Steven Watts

 

 

LAEFL THANKS DAVE & BUSTER’S

Dave and Buster’s gracious staff had a “next man up” mentality which allowed us to complete our regular season at their establishment.

Their hospitality and welcoming nature makes us want to make them our LAEFL home venue. Details to be worked out.

Thank you Dave and Buster’s for being a gracious host and taking the LAEFL under your umbrella.

reporting for LAEFL Chronicle

Steven Watts