Ready or not (and not that you asked for it), here comes Season Alpha of the DFL! Premiering at 11PT EST on ESPN-8 “The Ocho,” Season Alpha sees four teams vying to earn the DFL’s first championship: The Los Angeles Lunatics, New York Nukes, Detroit Rippers, and Houston Hombres. Let’s go to Ocho Studios Central for a recap of Friday night’s action!
Houston 34, New York 18 — Houston scores on every possession (and defensively, too), running the Nukes off the field.
Player of the Match: Houston’s Kidd Karenderris, keying a defensive effort with an early sack-for-touchdown that put the Hombres on the trail to victory!
Detroit 20, Los Angeles 10 — Detroit takes advantage as Los Angeles surrenders big plays.
Player of the Match: Kurt Baumgartner opens big holes up front for Detroit’s blistering backfield.
Two teams returned to the field for Sunday’s inaugural DFL championship match — the Alpha Cup!
Detroit 14, Houston 12 — Thrilling Cup final goes to overtime and is decided by a helmet-to-helmet hit penalty!
This was a tight game that was tied 12-12 after Houston’s third possession. In their final possession, Detroit was intercepted by Houston’s Ans Shawnson, setting up the Hombres for their fourth and final possession at the six yard line. With the score tied in the final possession, any score would end the game. But Detroit came up huge, with a sack by Choji Point knocking the Hombres back across midfield, and Houston’s next two plays going for no gain.
In overtime, Ans Shawnson collected his third interception of the game, again putting the Hombres in position to win with any score. On the second play from scrimmage, Houston’s Dude Lindless broke through the line and looked ready to run off a cup-clinching touchdown run, but he lowered his helmet and initiated illegal contact with a Detroit defender, incurring a two-point penalty and ending the game in sudden death victory for the Detroit Rippers!
ALPHA CUP WINNERS: DETROIT RIPPERS
Person of the Match: Detroit’s Matt Karolina, who anchored a fearsome interior line that came up time and time again with sacks and stuffs for negative yardage, foiling two Houston conversion attempts. The Hombres’ difficulty in short conversions may have led to their controversial 6-point attempt near the end of regulation, trying to blow open a close game in one play. That pass would fall incomplete, and the game would end up going to overtime.
And that’s it for Season Alpha of the DFL! Twelve new franchises have applied for the four open slots for Season Beta (meaning that I’ve ordered additional teams from Plaay), but will the league continue? Only time — and pending TV ratings from the Ocho — will tell. Rumor has it that the Cornhole tournament usually scheduled at 11PM EST pulled better numbers … but you never know. The DFL may return when you least expect it.
Thanks for reading!