Game recap from the ifl website
The Rebels and Lions squared off Thursday night 5/12/13 in both teams’ first game of the season. It was primed to be a good one with both teams looking to be among the better in the league after solid preseason showings, but the Rebels had other plans. They exploded out of the gates behind their high powered offense and had a 32-6 lead before even being halfway through the first quarter.
While the Rebels’ offense is usually their best unit, that wasn’t the case on Thursday where the special teams and defense played equally as big of a role in their win. The special teams returned 3 kicks for a TD – 2 by Zaire Harris, 1 by Dani Eastman off a lateral from Harris – and forced a safety on the kickoff after their first TD of the game. There was a sequence in the 3rd quarter where Harris returned a kick for a TD but the play was called back due to a holding penalty, and then on the re-kick he anyhow ended up returning the kick for a TD. The defense forced 7 turnovers while only allowing 3 touchdowns by the Lions’ offense. The 2 KR touchdowns in a game tie the IFL single-game record held by Eastman and ’09-’10 Rebel Mo English.
Avrami Farkas took most of the snaps at quarterback for the Rebels and finished the game with 9 of 15 completions for 115 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions. Dan Weintraub continues to be a dominant receiver for the Rebels, having had 4 catches for 74 yards and 2 TDs. The other 2 TD passes were caught by David Arshavsky and Dani Eastman.
The leaders on the Rebels defense were Jeremiah Jelski with 8 total tackles, Dani Eastman with 6 total tackles to go along with an interception and Uria Loberbom who had 6 total tackles, including a strip-sack of Schiff, where he just took the ball out of the QB’s hands. Micha Bookman, Ayal Frankfurter and Zaire Harris each had an interception, with Bookman taking his to the house on a bubble pass he had sniffed out.
The highlight of the whole game, however, was 10-year-old leukemia fighter Uriel Wang’s run for TD at halftime, after which he was raised and presented to the crowd. The Rebels family wishes Uriel much luck and health in his ongoing battle.
Next game will be on December 19, 8:30 pm Kraft Stadium, Jerusalem. The rebels will face the tropers.