The Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF) launched its men’s football league last Friday, February 17th with a high attendance, reaching 800 at the peak of the day. The opening day witnessed 2 games; The MSA Tigers vs The Cairo Wolves and The Defending Champions, The GUC Eagles vs The Cairo Bears.
Game 1: MSA Tigers 30 – 36 Cairo Wolves
The Cairo Wolves managed to pull off the biggest upset of the league in recent years, beating The MSA Tigers off the bat with a kick return TD by import RB/Returner/Safety Kendall Owens. The Wolves continued to dominate the game, leading increasing their lead to 16-0. The Tigers made notable comebacks in the game with import QB Taylor Budd putting in 199 passing yards with with 1 TD and 20 rushing yards with 2 TDs. However, that was not enough to stop the Wolves who won the game 36-30, leaving everyone in a state of surprise.
The Wolves defence had a great performance with a total of 9 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 safety, most notably, their defensive line that performed against the famously gigantic Tigers Offensive Line, with Mohamed Ashraf, Eslam El Nady and Ibrahim Naguib bringing in a combined 7 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a safety.
Game MVP goes to Cairo Wolves player Kendall Owens with 381 all-purpose yards translating into 4 TDs (96 interception yards, 1TD/ 140 return yards, 1 TD/ 25 receiving yards/ 120 rushing yards, 2TDs).
Game 2: GUC Eagles 21 – 8 Cairo Bears
The GUC Eagles followed suit, with import RB/Returner Triston McCathern scoring a kick-return TD at the start of the game. The Cairo Bears , under the leadership of Head Coach Antonio Banks, put up quite a fight against the defending champions, applying a heavy-blitzing defence against The Eagles offense, resulting in a 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions, 1 of which resulting in The Bears’ only TD by Joe Said, who ran the ball an impressive 70 yards and into The Eagles end-zone. Other notable players include Linebacker Ehab Gamal with 5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. The Eagles’ offense accepted the challenge and went on to score 2 more TDs, 1 by Receiver Hazem Shawkat and another by Running Back Youssef Salman, ending the game 21-8.
The Eagles defence also performed admirably, only allowing The Bears offense a 100 yard gain for the entire game, with a combined 5 tackles for loss, 1 critical interception by Defensive Back John Gabra and 1 sack resulting in a safety by Linebacker Ahmed Mansy.
This week proves that all teams have stepped things up this season and that no predictions are guaranteed.