The Jamaica Saints had been on quite a roll since the start of the season: 5-0, division champs, eyeing the #1 seed in the South. That all came to an end Sunday, when their defense, which had been rock solid up to this point, could not adjust to the high powered offense of BSHU, losing 32-18.
"If we couldn't be undefeated, we were going to make sure that no one was" said designated captain of BSHU Scott Gadsden, "The Saints are a very good football team and we used that challenge to step up and that we are a serious contender in this league."
Gadsden went 10/13 for 132 yards and 3TD, with a rush for 10 yards and a tackle before leaving the game due to injury in the second half.
Ball So Hard University started the game with uncharacteristic consecutive runs, something which threw the Saints' defense off from the start. Previously, the offense had been a run n' gun type of offense, but on Sunday they opted for a methodical ball movement strategy that worked to perfection. Once the offense was deep enough into enemy territory, Gasden put the ball up for star receiver Shane Phillips, for whom the Saints had no answer for in the red zone, as evidenced by his 2 touchdown grabs in the first half.
Red hot Saints QB Christian Ortiz continued his terrific play on Sunday, throwing for 226 yards and 3 touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome the shortfalls of the defense, as the Saints found themselves in a 24-6 hole at halftime. After Gadsden went down with an injury, Phillips took the helm and led a shorthanded team the rest of the way, adding a 21 yard score that would seal the win and a playoff berth for BSHU(5-1).
"We obviously hate to lose," said Jamaica Saints' captain Brian Payton, "but we can learn from our mistakes in this game and shift our focus from being undefeated to our ultimate goal, which is winning a championship."
Ball So Hard University can clinch the Northwest division championship with a win on Sunday, while the Saints(5-1) will enter into game with major playoff implications against the Stallions(5-1), the Southwest Division Champs, in a game that will determine the #1 seed in the Southern Conference which comes along with a first round bye.BOX SCORE
|Ball So Hard University||24||8||32|
|44 Malcolm Mercer||6||0||0||0|
|13 Taurus Allen||3||0||0||0|
|26 Shane Phillips||2||0||1||0|
|27 Jose Desir||2||0||0||0|
|22 Jean Lubain||2||0||0||0|
|11 Scott Gadsden||1||0||0||0|
|24 Jason Epps||1||0||0||0|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Jean Lubain for 4 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Jason Epps good)||8||0|
|1||Christian Ortiz pass complete to Brian Jackson for 68 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz to Danzel Montgomery no good)||8||6|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Shane Phillips for 12 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Taurus Allen good)||16||6|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Shane Phillips for 8 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Taurus Allen good)||24||6|
|2||Christian Ortiz pass complete to Kaveh Akbari for 8 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz no good)||24||12|
|2||Shane Phillips runs for 21 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Shane Phillips to Jason Epps good)||32||12|
|2||Christian Ortiz pass complete to Brian Jackson for 16 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz to Danzel Montgomery no good)||32||18|