Falcons Show Up Empty Handed, Leave Empty Handed
The Florida Falcons had a chance to win the IAFL Nightmare Division title Saturday night in Savannah, Georgia against the 3-1 Savannah Raiders. Florida only traveled with 23 players to face their division foe, missing 12 starters including their entire secondary, 2 starting receivers and interior offensive line.
The Falcons battled for most of the first quarter back and forth with the Raiders before Savannah scored first on a long pass to go up 8-0. Florida moved the ball steadily down the field before penalties forced them to punt turning the ball over to the Raiders. Savannah would score late in the second quarter and took a 14-0 halftime lead into the locker rooms.
The Falcons would take the second half kickoff down field and scored quickly to make it 14-6 Raiders early in the 3rd quarter. After several penalties including a very controversial Targeting penalty moved the Raiders into Falcon territory, the Raiders would score again on a slant pass to go up 20-6 Raiders heading into the 4th quarter.
The 4th quarter was a back and forth chess match until a Falcon punt was returned 60 plus yards to put the Savannah Raiders up 26-6 late in the 4th quarter. Multiple linemen down field penalties and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called thwarted the Falcons next couple drives into Raiders territory including a 70 yard touchdown pass from Tobler to receiver Mareio Thomas. After another Falcons punt put the Raiders dep into Falcon territory, the Raiders yet again score on a slant pass to a receiver he zig zagged his way into the endzone finishing off the now 2-4 Florida Falcons, 32-6.
"Listen, when you show up 20 players short with 12 starters missing, we knew it was going to be a tough task and battle all night. Our guys battled all night long and played hard and I thought we had a couple chances to take the game over, but it just wasn't our night. Hats off to the Savannah Raiders and now we will regroup and get ready for next weeks regular season finale," stated Head Coach Justin Moses.