League MVP QB Scott Gadsden leads the charge as the #1 North Conference seeded Ball So Hard University advance the QFL Championship game, defeating the King Cobras 24-16.
"I am greatly honored and priveleged to be named this year's league's MVP," said BSHU designated team captain Scott Gadsden, "there is some tremendous talent in this league, and to be able to be named MVP wouldn't be possible without the awesome play of my teammates. We're ready to get the big trophy next week.."
Gadsden finished the game 7 of 12 passing for 167 yards, 3 touchdowns and no picks, to go along with a tackle on defense.
BSHU looked a little rusty due to the bye week and week off for Easter, giving up a long TD catch by Cobras' star WR Brandon Moore on the third play of the game to give them an early lead. The usually hot offense was not there in the first half as after a turnover on downs the King Cobras found themselves in the red zone and sniffing an upset, but were unable to capitalize on the field position, turning it over on downs right back to BSHU. BSHU would get a break on the ensuing possession, when on fourth down, QB Mackenzie Williams would take a sack by Malcolm Mercer, one of his 2 sacks on the day, deep in his own territory to set up a 5 yard touchdown grab by Mercer just before halftime, to tie the game at 8.
The Cobras were again denied the end zone when Williams would be intercepted in the end zone by RB/LB Jose Desir. The lost opportunities would come back to haunt the Cobras as they watched Gadsden connect with Mercer for his second touchdown from 37 yards out and once again with Offensive Player of the Year Shane Phillips for 20 yards to put BSHU up for good 24-8. The Cobras would score again off a 12 yard reception from Williams to Moore as time expired in the second half.
"The missed opportunities really killed us," said King Cobras team co-captain Adrian Grandison, "But I am very proud of my guys for battling with me all season long throughout all the personnel changes and being able to make it this far with a group of guys that were strangers at the beginning of the season is an incredible feat."
Grandison, who led the league in sacks in the regular season recorded 4 tackles, including 3 sacks.
BSHU will look to avenge their only loss this season in the Championship game against the streaking South Conference Champs BK Storm on May 18th at 2pm.BOX SCORE
|Ball So Hard U||8||16||24|
|1||Mackenzie Williams pass complete to Brandon Moore for 76 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Mackenzie Williams to Daniel Reid good)||8||0|
|1||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Malcolm Mercer for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Jean Lubain good)||8||8|
|2||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Malcolm Mercer for 37 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Malcolm Mercer good)||8||16|
|2||Scott Gadsden pass complete to Shane Phillips for 20 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Scott Gadsden to Jean Lubain good)||8||24|
|2||Mackenzie Williams pass complete to #1 Brandon Moore for 12 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Mackenzie Williams to Jeffrey Jean good)||16||24|