Osos Rivas capture first Spanish title in 21 years

Madrid’s Osos Rivas have won the 2022 Spanish National League of American Football title in delayed fashion beating the Las Rozas Black Demons 28-12.

This was the first title for Osos since 2001 and marked the end of an undefeated season.

Osos and the Black Demons played the final scoreless 10 minutes of the title game this past weekend after the game had been suspended the week before due to a lightning storm which halted action early in the fourth quarter.

Osos Rivas RB Denzel Duchenne scored 2 TDs as his team defeated the Las Rozas Black Demons to win the Spanish title. Photo: Lola Morales

The Rivas had taken a 28-12 in the first three quarters of the game behind two touchdowns by game MVP running back Denzel Duchenne. Running back Herbert Gamboa and receiver Álvaro Guitián both also added touchdowns for Osos who took a stranglehold 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Black Demons closed the gap on two touchdown receptions by Jorge García Vargas thrown by quarterback Sergio Barbero.

The final 10 minutes was not without its drama as well as the Rivas defense picked off a deep pass by Las Rozas quarterback David de Diego and Barbero moved his team into field goal range. However, Álvaro Guitián, who also doubles as the team’s kicker, missed, leaving the score 28-21.

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