The undefeated Jamaica Saints went into this week with their ticket to the playoff already punched, but it wasn't enough. They were hungry for more and secured their first and the first divison title in QFL Flag Football history Sunday with a 35-16 win over Average Joe's.
"We weren't satisfied with just clinching a playoff berth," said Brian Payton, team captain of the Saints, "We need the division and nex, we need the South conference one seed. These next two weeks will be a test for us to know where we are. We want to ride our momentum to a championship."
Payton beat the defense for an 80 yard touchdown grab to open the game and also added 2 tackles on defense.
Average Joe's did not buy the hype coming into this game and put up a fight as the two teams were neck and neck in the first half with RB/S Diego Radlein keeping Joe's in striking distance with a magnificent 28 yard touchdown run, which tightened the score 11-8 and the end of the half in favor of the Saints, the difference being a 25 yard field goal booted in by QB/K Christian Ortiz. The action picked up in the second half, however, as the Saints (5-0) would go on to score 24 unanswered points off the arm of the Offensive Player of the Week once again, who connected on a spectacular 74 yard catch and run by WR/LB James Harvey. He also found WR/S Brian Jackson for a 1 yard score. Jackson would go on to intercept the Joe's QB Bert Sarmiento and return it 57 yards for a score. Along with his 3 tackles and the pick six, Jackson was named Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5. Joe's would make one last ditch effort with WR/LB Lennox Jeffrey, who hauled in a 26 yard TD pass from Sarmiento in garbage time to lessen the gap.
"The game just got away from us," said Joe Glori, captain of Average Joe's (1-4), "We came out flat in the second half and were never able to recover. I am proud of my guys for continuing to dig even though we were up against an undefeated team with a heck of a lot of good football players."
Glori finished the game with 2 tackles on defense.BOX SCORE
|1||Christian Ortiz pass complete to Brian Payton for 80 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz to Jared Higgins good)||0||8|
|1||25 yard field goal attempt by Christian Ortiz. Good!||0||11|
|1||Diego Radlein runs for 28 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Bert Sarmiento to Frank Sabatino good)||8||11|
|2||Christian Ortiz pass complete to James Harvey for 74 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz to Brian Payton good)||8||19|
|2||Christian Ortiz pass complete to Brian Jackson for 1 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz to James Harvey good)||8||27|
|2||Bert Sarmiento pass intercepted by Brian Jackson and returned 57 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Christian Ortiz to Corey Glenn good)||8||35|
|2||Bert Sarmiento pass complete to Lennox Jeffery for 26 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Bert Sarmiento to Lennox Jeffery good)||16||35|