Semi-finals Helsinki Wolverines vs. Tampere Saints (the grudge match)
Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2000
Location: Helsinki Velodrome, Käpylä, Helsinki, Finland
Weather: Sunny. 71.6F/22C or something close.
Field Conditions: Turf field. Slightly wet from the previous day.
Uniforms: The Wolverines wore Wolverine navy blue jerseys, maize pants, blue helmets with Wolverine wings & stripes. The Saints had royal blue jerseys, white pants and white helmets.
Records: HKI Wolverines 9-1, Tampere Saints 7-4
The Wolverines received the kickoff. We were able to run all over the Saints. We ran the sweep to the right with the guard pulling out friend to march down the field. Our downfield blocking was pretty decent. Our running backs racked up the yardage. We score. XPA Good.
The kickoff to the Saints was the first change of momentum. The ball was muffed and was recovered by us. We scored on the very next play from their 10 yard line. XPA Good.
The Saints first drive ended quickly with an interception. Our defense and special teams were hot. We drove down the field again and scored easily. Run Run Run. XPA Good.
The Saints second attempt led no where. They threw another interception that was returned for a TD. XPA Good.
Then the Saints had to punt on their third drive. We got a decent punt return and had only 50 yards to go for the score. We ran and pass again very well. And scored! XPA Good.
1st Quarter: 28-0
The Saints continued to suffer. Our defense stood tough. We got the ball again and mounted a drive that led into the second quarter for our 5th TD of the game.
The Saints began to run more. They were able to crack through our defense a few times. And on 4th and 12, they did a Steve Spurrier maneuver as they punted. The entire team split to both left and right, leaving the middle of the field wide open. The punter/QB easily ran for the first down. The Saints scored eventually on this possession. XPA no good.
The Wolverines scored again. I don’t remember how. XPA no good.
It was tougher in the second half. Our backup QB led the team down the field on a few occassions. Lots of running again.
We scored on a long run. XPA
3rd Quarter: 48-6
Final: Wolverines 48 – Tampere 14
Division League Standings: http://www.sajl.org/selaus/sarjataulukko.php?sarja=2&kausi=2000
The Championship Game will be held at the Helsinki Velodrome klo 18.00, Saturday 2.9.2000.
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