Relatively unknown QB Shane Phillips took the snaps as an 11th hour signing onto the Ball So Hard University squad and shocked the league with a superb offensive performance both through the air and with his legs en route to a 28-14 victory over the Men of Mayhem this past Sunday at Roy Wilkins Park.
"This guy came out of nowhere" said Mike Gopie, team captain of Ball So Hard University, "We are real fortunate to have found a heck of an athlete in Shane. We got down early, but we never quit. We were able to build on our chemistry in the first half which translated to success in the second half."
Phillips finished the game with 10 of 24 passing for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, to go along with 12 rushes for a stellar 177 yards and a touchdown, with 3 tackles and a pass deflection on defense.
The game seemed well in hand for the Men of Mayhem, when team captain Sean Chowdhury returned an interception the length of the field for a touchdown to put them up 14-0 late in the second half. However, with 4 seconds left to go in the first half, Phillips found WR Bobby Idowu in the corner of the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown and a sucessful two point conversion to close the gap to 14-8 at the half. This proved to be the momentum swinger in the game, as the Men of Mayhem would not find the end zone again. They found themselves within one score at 14-22, when another relatively unknown player, Max Ateba, first deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage and then intercepted it and took it to the house late in the second half to seal the deal for Ball So Hard University.
"You hate to lose that way to your division rival" said Chowdhury, captain of the Men of Mayhem, "We played well in the first half, but then came out flat in the second half and could not execute on offense. Fortunately, we will have to opportunity to play these guys again, and we will get the W the next time around."
Chowdhury finished the game with 3 rushes for 28 yards, a catch for 12 yards and a spectacular 100 yard interception return for a touchdown, to go along with 2 tackles on defense.
This game was the first of two divisional matchups for the QFL Northwest Division. The second matchup is scheduled to take place on the final week of the season.BOX SCORE
|Men of Mayhem||14||0||14|
|Ball So Hard U||8||20||28|
|1||MOM pass by Anthony Bohan to Odain Brown for 47 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (2 Pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD)||6||0|
|1||BSHU pass by Shane Phililps INTERCEPTED by MOM Sean Chowdhury. at MOM 0 returned 100 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (2 Pt conversion attempt from Anthony Bohan to Odain Brown is GOOD)||14||0|
|1||BSHU pass by Shane Phililps to Bobby Idowu for 12 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (2 Pt conversion attempt by Shane Phillips to Michael Gopie is GOOD)||14||8|
|2||BSHU pass by Shane Phililps to Bobby Idowu for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (2 Pt conversion attempt by Shane Phillips to Bobby Idowu is GOOD)||14||16|
|2||BSHU run by Shane Phililps for 9 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (2 Pt conversion attempt by Shane Phillips to Imran Perraie is no GOOD)||14||22|
|2||MOM pass by Anthony Bohan INTERCEPTED by BSHU Max Ateba at MOM 22 returned 22 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (2 Pt conversion attempt by Shane Phillips to Imran Perraie is no GOOD)||14||28|