Spain: LG OLED Las Rozas Black Demons capture first ever Spanish Cup

By Roberto Arturo

Under new head coach Sam Eisenstedt, the LG OLED Black Demons Las Rozas defeated the Lidertel Badalona Dracs 17-0 last weekend in the final of the Copa de España (Spanish Cup), in front of their hometown fans in Las Rozas. The triumph was a first for the Madrid-based team, having previously lost the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 finals at the hands of the Dracs.

Earlier this year, the Las Rozas team had also lost the Liga Nacional de Futbol Americano (LNFA) Spanish Bowl to the Osos Rivas.

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Photo: Lola Morales

The Black Demons defense was the key to avenging the previous losses. In the first quarter, a blocked punt by Alvaro Cansinos gave the locals the opportunity to open the score. However, they were not able to convert a first down and ended up missing the field goal.

Daniel Romero, running back for the Black Demons, was the focal point of an offense that started moving the ball well during the second quarter, while the Dracs had a missed field goal of their own.

The first touchdown of the match was scored on a run play by the quarterback Álvaro Sánchez. On the ensuing drive, the Dracs offensive line succumbed to the pressure and surrendered several sacks and thus were forced to punt the ball. The first half would end up 10-0 after a converted field goal by Black Demons kicker Jesus Perez.

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Photo: Lola Morales

During the third quarter, Badalona quarterback Pol Singleton lost the ball, which was recovered by Álvaro Sánchez. This enabled Romero to score on a screen play, extending the lead to 17-0. The Dracs couldn’t get the score closer, after their efforts ended on interceptions by Hugo Mínguez and Alejandro Massó.

The victory ended a drought for the Black Demons Las Rozas, who raised their first Spanish Cup trophy. Scoring a touchdown and making a multitude of great plays for the offense, quarterback Daniel Romero was named game MVP.

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