Playoff tickets punched for Mexico’s college teams

Mexico’s two major college leagues are headed into the playoffs following an exciting regular season finish.

The ONEFA  (Organización Nacional Estudiantil de Futbol Americano) and CONADEIP (Comisión Nacional Deportiva Estudiantil de Instituciones Privadas, A.C. private university league) saw thrilling windups and playoff berths decided.

Potros Salvajes UAEM 22 –  Águilas UACH 21

Potros Salvajes UAEM got their first victory as members of the ONEFA top conference, and they did so at the mercy of the Aguilas of UACH, who remain winless with a week left. The UAEM had to come from behind, they used a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to score for the first time in the column of games won.

Pumas CU 20 – Auténticos Tigres UANL 7

This is not the year of the Tigers, On Friday night, thanks to two touchdown receptions, the Pumas escaped with the victory and secured second place in the standings but the result is bitter for Cougars, no doubt, since there were injuries, the most important: Daniel De Juambelz, starting quarterback of the Pumas, who will likely miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury. Veteran running back Víctor Hernández was also shocked, further depleting the Pumas , but they will be able to take it easy since next week they will visit the last place Potros UAEM.

Burros Blancos IPN 23 – Águilas Blancas IPN 16

This game it was the Burros Blancos defense that made a difference, with four turnovers that broke the rhythm of the Aguilas  offense, so they could never reach their potential, For the third consecutive year, the Burros Blancos of IPN Zacatenco beat the Aguilas Blancas of IPN Santo Tomás in the Polytechnic Civil War.

Linces UVM 31 – Leones Anáhuac México 28

The Leones UAMN scored in their first series, but immediately afterwards Linces UVM evened the score, and from that moment, they never lost the advantage. The Linces now have a direct path to the semifinals if they beat Tigres, The Leones  need the Linces to have a chance at the semifinals.

Frailes Tepeyac 30-24 Tecos UAG (overtime)

For the second consecutive week the Frailes of the University of Tepeyac needed overtime, this time to defeat the Tecos fighters of the UAG, Frailes can no longer lose and need Pumas UNAM Acatlan to lose, to be in the semifinals.

The rest of the ONEFA scores:

Toros Salvajes UACh 25-52 Lobos UAC

Correcaminos UAT 46-6 Lobos BUAP

Leones Anáhuac Cancún 52 – Negros UDG 18

Leones Anáhuac Querétaro 35 – UV 21

In the CONADEIP

 

This past weekend was the seventh round of the 2019 season in the Premier Conference of the National Student Sports Commission of Private Institutions, A.C. (CONADEIP). Four teams advanced to the post season in a fast-paced day of football.

The activity began on Friday at the Tijuana border, where the UABC Cimarrones (0-5) engaged in defensive battle with the Borregos Querétaro (4-2), in a great game that ended in a first half with a draw to zero points. But in the third quarter both defenses yielded a bit and it was when the points appeared, first the Cimarrones scored, but they failed the important extra point and then the Querétaro responded with a score that in the end  that gave them the 7-6 victory since the Cimarrones failed an attempt of field goal with less than 20 seconds and with that they suffered their fifth setback of the season.

Potros ITSON (4-1) played host to the Zorros of CETYS (3-3) in a game that was very explosive,. ITSON came out on top by a score of 28-17 and thus advanced to the post season.

On Saturday the activity of the day continued, but now in the Independencia group on three fronts, starting in the Blue Fortress, where the Borregos Guadalajara (0-7) finished them imposed by 31-14.

Borregos México (2-5) hosted the Aztecas of the UDLAP (6-1)  and engaged in a great duel, where the Aztecas won by a score of 39-24 to ensure their ticket to the semifinals in the Independencia group.

Finally, Saturday closed with the expected battle between the Borregos Monterrey (6-1), and the Borregos Puebla (4-3), in a defensive game which Monterrey won 17-3. With this result, both teams earned their way into the playoffs.

Rachid Sabag Serrato
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