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08.07.2009 Prague Panthers

EFAF-Cup 2009 Final game

Prague Panthers - Thonon Black Panthers
For the first time in history, team from former eastern block has reached EFAF Cup championship game. Prague Panthers, Czech national champions, have met with Black Panthers from Thonon Les Bains in what was as well the first ever club game between Czech republic and France.

Prague and Thonon in EFAF-Cup Final 2009
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Prague and Thonon in EFAF-Cup Final 2009

Black Panthers arrived to Prague as highest scoring team in EFAF Cup and match between their high powered Wing T offense and Prague ground based Flex bone attack promised a quite interesting game for little over 700 spectators that arrived to stadium in stormy afternoon.

Thonon offense, which could not rely on their starting QB for this game, went three downs and punt. Panthers offense was able to get few first downs but their first drive ended with punt as well. Situation repeated for Thonon on their next drive so it was up to Prague to test if their running backs will be able to find some room and they did. On 2nd down and 5, Prague RB Stanislav Jantos found the daylight on a sweep play and brought the ball for a 65 yard TD run. Prague 7 - Thonon 0. Few drives later, it was this time Prague RB Ondrej Visek, who showed his speed and raced to the Thonon end zone for 33 yard TD. First quarter score Prague 14- Thonon 0.

Second quarter looked similar. Prague defense prooved to be a much tougher oponent than Thonon RBīs trio expected and they were not able to get to the Prague end zone while Prague was able to score one more time, this time on FB dive when Miroslav Dopita took the ball from 1 yard to Thonon end zone. Half time score : Prague 21-Thonon 0.

Panthers offense started the second half and again was able to score. Prague QB Jake Shrum faked the handover to FB Miroslav Dlouhy and marched untouched to the end zone for 9 yard touchdown. Thonon meanwhile adjusted their running game to the holes on Prague defense and slowly started to execute with their trio of excellent RBīs.

This paid off at the beginning of 4th quarter when Thonon RB Jason Jackson scored on a 5 yard run. PAT was not good, Prague 28 - Thonon 6. As time was running out, Thonon decided to onside kick but ball was recovered by Prague return team on Thonon 40 yard line. Few plays later Prague FB Miroslav Dopita scored his second touchdown of the game, this time from 9 yards. Prague 35 - Thonon 6. Thonon answered immediately from their kick off return when RB Tory Cooper returned the kick unouched for 95 yard touchdown. PAT was blocked , Prague 35 - Thonon 12.

Thonon tried the onside kick again but again it was recoveder by Prague return team. Few plays and first downs later the time expired and Prague Panthers could start to celebrate their first ever EFAF Cup title. MVP of the game award was given to Prague Panthers RB Stanislav Jantos.

Stats to follow up soon on Prague Panthers web site - www. praguepanthers.cz

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