With playoff seeding already set, many of the teams that are going to the dance gave their players the week off to nurse their nagging injuries, including the Men of Mayhem. However, Ball So Hard University took care of business, winning their third straight in familiar fashion with their sizzling offense en route to a 38-14 win over the Men of Mayhem.
"We didn't want to take our foot off the gas," said BSHU designated captain Shane Phillips, "Even when there's nothing on the line, a loss right before the playoffs, especially to your division rival, could steal away all the momentum you've built up over the last 8 weeks and be disastrous for your football team."
Phillips hauled in 2 passes for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns, bringing his season total to 10 touchdowns receiving.
Both Men of Mayhem QBs were unavailable for this game and the Men of Mayhem paid the price, giving up 4 first half interceptions to WR/DB Malcolm Mercer, including 3 by team captain Sean Chowdhury. Mercer's first half performance earned him defensive player of the week honors for week 8. The team was unable to get much going on offense either and watched as QB Scott Gadsden carved up the defense for 3 of his 4 touchdowns in the first half, giving BSHU a 22-0 advantage at halftime.
BSHU was not done yet, as on the first play of the second half, Jason Epps blazed up the sideline for an 80 yard touchdown run and successful 2 point conversion made it 30-0 very early in the half. The Men of Mayhem were able to find a spark in newly acquired QB Andre Suwuh, who was able to drive the team down the field and score on a 8 yard pitch and catch by WR Sonam Chophel. The comeback was too little too late, however, as Phillips would another touchdown grab on a bomb from Gadsden for 45 yards to make it 38-6 before Suwuh would will the team down the field again and find team captain Chowdhury for a 41 yard touchdown to end all scoring.
"We didn't come in with high hopes," said Sean Chowdhury, captain of the Men of Mayhem (4-4), "we knew that we would be at a severe disadvantage missing several key pieces to our team, but I'm proud of the guys for hanging in there and we were able to do some good things in that second half."
Chowdhury finished the game with 6 of 12 passing for 64 yards and 3 picks, 2 rushes for 9 yards, 3 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, along with 3 tackles on defense.
The Men of Mayhem will have an additional week to get healthy before having to face the Northeast Division Champion King Cobras (4-4) in the Wild Card Round on April 27th.BOX SCORE
|Ball So Hard U||22||16||38|
|Men of Mayhem||0||14||14|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Shane Phillips for 18 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Malcolm Mercer good)||8||0|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Jose Desir for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Malcolm Mercer good)||16||0|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to #44 Malcolm Mercer for 15 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden no good)||22||0|
|2||Jason Epps runs for 80 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Bobby Idowu good)||30||0|
|2||Andre Suwuh pass complete to Sonam Chophel for 8 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Andre Suwuh is no good)||30||6|
|2||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Shane Phillips for 45 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Jose Desir good)||38||6|
|2||Andre Suwuh pass complete to Sean Chowdhury for 41 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Andre Suwuh to Sean Chowdhury good)||38||14|