Japan’s XLeague winds up the regular season this weekend with three games and the round kicks off Saturday, November 21 with the Obic Seagulls and Panasonic Impulse in a battle to decide the winner of Group B and a berth in the X Bowl.
The last time the Obic Seagulls and Panasonic Impulse met was in the XLeague semifinals in 2019 when Panasonic came out on top, 24-14. Both teams have had an easy time of it beating the Tokyo Gas Creators. Obic won 60-0 while the Impulse won 38-0 over an outgunned Tokyo squad.
The Impulse offense is led by quarterback Anthony Lawrence along with running back Victor Mitchell. Lawrence had one touchdown in the win over Tokyo while Mitchell ran for two. Other key players include running back Naotaka Koike and wide receiver Noriyuki Kinoshita, both of whom scored in the rout of the Gas Creators.
For Obic, running back Taku Lee and quarterback Jimmy Laughrea are a deadly combination. In the lopsided victory, Laughrea completed 9 of 11 passes for 190 yards and 4 TDs while rushing for another in only one half of football. Lee rushed for 117 yards and a score. Laughrea’s targets included wide receiver Yuto Nishimura who had two touchdown catches from the started and caught another from backup Kobayashi while Yuki Ikei and fullback Maki Mochizuki also scored on touchdown passes.
In other words, Obic has plenty of weapons. The winner of this game advances to the X Bowl.
Watch the game live here. Obic Seagulls v. Panasonic Impulse, November 21, 14:00 (06:00 CET, 12 midnight ET)