The Bydgoszcz Archers made their debut game in Poland’s top league a memorable one beating the Warsaw Mets on the road at the Polonia Warszawa stadium in Warsaw , 17-7.
Archers Canadian quarterback Luke Zetazate threw two first half touchdown passes, one to Paweł Fabich and the other to Mikołaj Obrebski while Kornel Witkowski kicked a 34 yard field goal. Other standouts for Bydgoszcz were French running back Meril Zero and free safety Cezary Szczerba.
For Warsaw, Mets linebacker Łukasz Przygodziński scored after returning a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback TJ Richardson was able to move his team between the red zones but unable to find the end zone.
Zetazate opened the scoring n the first quarter after driving his team down to the Mets 11 yard line, behind the running of Zero and then connecting with Fabich in the corner of the end zone.
Early in the second quarter, Warsaw evened the score at 7-7 when Przygodziński scooped up the ball after a fumble by an Archers receiver and raced 16 yards to score.
Bydgoszcz took the lead later in the second quarter when Zetazate found Obrebski. The Archers threatened again late in the first half, reaching the five yard line but a Zetazate pass was picked off on the goalline to end the drive.
The second half turned into a defensive battle with the Archers defense forcing multiple fumbles and picking off quarterback TJ Richardson twice. One of the interceptions led to the third quarter field goal by Witkowski.
Archers head coach Mateusz Marciniak:
“We played a reasonably good game today, but there are still many mistakes that need to be corrected. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any preseason games so that shows in game situations now. I am satisfied, but I expect much, much more from our players in the next game.”
Bydgoszcz next faces the Bialystok Lowlanders on September 19, while the Warsaw Mets will host the Tychy Falcons in the Polish capital on September 13.