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RAFZ - QB David Cipullo threw for almost a dozen TDs and "ran" for one more, as the Intruders kicked off the season with a pair of convincing wins in Rafz. This opening day double marks the second straight year that the upstarts from Zurich left opening day with a clean slate in the loss column.
The Intruders' first game of the season pitted them against the new look Zurich Mockingbirds, the 2016 NFFL bronze medal winners. Cipullo opened their 2017 account with a 7 yard scramble, giving the Orange and Gray a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.
Not to be outdone, the Intruders defense managed a key interception, as Adan "D'Jayden, Braiden, Hayden" Martinez plucked an interception out of the air and rumbled deep inside opponent territory on the other Zurich's first drive. Even after going down two scores, the new look Birds (2-1) played a spirited affair, matching the Intruders virtually score for score thereafter.
With a slim lead as the half drew to a close, a Teubert Hail Mary was answered by St. Francis of Montreal, giving Guay his 1st touchdown of the season and Todd a perfect passer rating on the day. He would make another leaping end zone reception later in the contest, much to the chagrin of the earth bound Mockingbirds.
In the second half, a series of pinpoint throws, favorable yellow laundry and a remarkable Edelman-esque grab kept drive after drive alive for the dirty birds. The WR known as Vlad, aka Young Francis, hauled in four TDs, including a leaping grab over his future self to keep the Mockingbirds within striking distance.
A steady diet of receptions by Haidari, Matthias and Todd, as well as several extra point grabs by Boroski kept the Intruders ahead throughout the second frame. The Intruders defense held serve, with Sanchez and Bridenbaker, who notched the first sack of the season for the Orange and Gray, applying constant pressure.
Special teams also played a big role in the opening game, as the team converted 5 of 7 extra points that proved the difference in the Intruders 41-37 victory.
The matinee was a rematch of last year's wild card win against the ailing St. Gallen Vipers. Following an inauspicious start, Coach Lewis rallied the troops, whose lackadaisical start squandered a golden opportunity on the game's first drive.
Zurich then meticulously drove down to score on each of their remaining drives. Though the game was close throughout, Zurich never seemed in peril, with Guay, Haidari and Teubert taking Cipullo passes to pay dirt. The Intruders' offense, a war machine barren of conscious and fear, countered the rolling Vipers defense at every turn while amassing first downs and large chunks of enemy territory at will.
Without their star receiver, St. Gallen (0-2) proved a relatively toothless attack for the Intruders dogged defense, lead by shutdown corner Matthias, who remained wisely untested by the Snakes' veteran QB.
Zurich's game clinching drive was capped off as WR Boroski, whose hips are enjoying a late career renaissance thanks to a grueling off-season regimen of Lambada Impact X, shook off several defenders and rumbled into the end zone for the Intruders' final score of the day.
A garbage time TD by St. Gallen made the score seem closer than it was for the loyal fans gathered around the verdant fields of Rafz to cheer on these titans of the non-contact gridiron. For the Intruders, a second straight 2-0 start to the season could mean a second straight visit to the play-offs. However, with a brutal schedule looming large on the June horizon, the Intruders will need every bit of Saturday's methodical game planning, steely reserve and battle-tested camaraderie to stay the course to the promised land.