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CEFL: Poland’s Wroclaw Panthers hand Kragujevac Wild Boars from Serbia worst loss; muddy playoff picture

The Wroclaw Panthers unleashed their entire offensive arsenal in demolishing Serbian champions, the Kragujevac Wild Boars 70-13 this past weekend in Central European Football League Eastern conference play.

This was an overwhelming display of firepower as the Panthers racked up 662 yards of offense (252 yds rush/411 yds rec.) and scored 10 touchdowns in handing Kragujevac the worst loss in their history.

Wroclaw QB Tony Dawson completed 13 of 19 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 139 yards and two touchdowns. His leading receiver, Benji Barnes, had seven receptions for 129 yards and three touchdowns while Kasper Fiedzivc caught three balls for 77 yards. Leading rushers after Dawson for Wroclaw were Damian Kwiatkowski with 138 yards and two touchdowns,  Konrad Starczewski who had nine carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns and Ernest Rogowicz with three carries for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Whew.

Wroclaw Panthers WR Benji Barnes Photo: Wild Boars

The scoring came from all over the field and included a 70 yard touchdown dash by Dawson and a 50 yard pick six by Adam Lary. Barnes had a field day, particularly in the first half when he was virtually impossible for the Wild Boars secondary to cover.

Panthers head coach Val Gunn starting inserting his backups liberally in the second half and yet the touchdowns kept coming.

For the Wild Boars, this was a game to forget. Quarterback Jake Sisson threw touchdown passes to Filip Nedeljković and Stefan Borković but was harassed constantly, and hit more often than he is likely to remember.

The Panthers exploded for 35 first half points to take a 35-0 lead into the break. Against the road-weary Wild Boars, virtually every Wroclaw possession was a scoring possession while the Wild Boars turned the ball over . Kragujevac found energy in the third quarter, scoring both touchdowns in that period, and closing the gap to 49-13, but the Polish onslaught continued in the fourth with another three touchdowns scored.

The 57 point difference gives the Panthers a cushion in the event that the Calanda Broncos lose their final game to the Wild Boars. If that should happen, the Panthers, Wild Boars and Broncos would all be tied and the points differential between the three would be the tie breaker. Right now Calanda, who have beaten both Wroclaw and the Koc Rams, have a points differential of +62. Wroclaw, who lost to the Broncos 27-3, is now +81  and the Wild Boars are -40. Between the three though, which will be what counts, the Panthers are +33. The other two have not played each other. If Calanda wins their game against the Wild Boars, they advance to the CEFL championship game. If they lose by less than 33 then Wroclaw moves on. For the Wild Boars to advance, they have to beat Calanda by 91 (!) points or more.

Make sense?

The Broncos and Wild Boars face each other May 25 in Chur, Switzerland.