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Postby Banija » Mon May 23, 2022 5:06 pm

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"You can't do anything when the Ice storm comes"- Chineze throws for 5 TDs as Banija eliminated Kohnhead to advance to the World Bowl XLIV Quarterfinals

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Ice Chineze, celebrating his fifth touchdown pass of the day wearing his new number- one


ELEPHANT VALLEY, SOUTH NEWLANDIA- EVU Field, a classic site for what was about to happen. The Round of 16 here at the World Bowl. Of course, the Round of 16, by the time the Banijans got around to playing, had already been full of surprises. The biggest one of them all- Dustin Beck and the Grid Corps knocking off the two-time defending champions, Ranoria, on home soil. Stunning the World Bowl polity in general, and suddenly, leaving the tournament wide open for any of the challengers to try and win a title. "Obviously, we wanted to be the team to knock off Ranoria." Ifeatu Chineze told reporters before the game. "But damn- the Grid Corps showed the world exactly what they are made out of." While nobody would ever say it publicly, that game had to reinvigorate the other 15 teams in the knockout stages. The Krauts seeming death grip on the trophy is suddenly over, and now everybody is out here fancying their chances to get that trophy.

That created a buzz here at EVU Field, as the world prepared for Banija v. Kohnhead. Banija's successes, and repetitive late stage failures, in this tournament are on display for all to see. But Thomas Hall has repeatedly said that Banija's history at this tournament is 'irrelevant'. "This team does not carry the load of past teams- we are here, right now, looking to play. As we saw in Ranoria's game a couple of days ago, anybody can beat anybody on any given day. Our focus today? We're all-in today, and we've been all-in throughout the week, on beating the Brains." Kohnhead, of course, doesn't have a long history of World Bowl success. But with Eric Dietrich, formerly of Richardson, as their head coach, they are certainly capable. They've got talent that is succeeding both in the RFL and in the NSCF, as well as talent that will be headed the GFLB"s way very, very soon.

And EVU Field was a fit venue for this one. While of course, only seating 7,000, plenty of Banijans traveled in-country without tickets. We're a gridiron obsessed country, of course. Bars across Elephant Valley were packed with Banijan fans, looking to be in town for this one. A stadium that Banijan fans are all too familiar with- Banija's NSCF teams are a combined 5-1 at this stadium, as Elephant Valley's Achilles heel continues to be the Banijan squads in the NSCF. And early on in the contest, Thomas Hall and his Offensive Coordinator tried to get fancy. They called a WR reverse in the early minutes, with Chinweuba Jelan coming all the way across the field to get the ball in the backfield. But it was the trick play- one that was a mistake. Kalu Alazar was covered, but Jelan threw it up anyways. The ball was picked off by veteran safety Chris Molina, who brought the ball inside the 30, to the 27 yard line.

"It was far too early for a trick play like that." Said one of Banija's TV analysts after the interception. "Plus, Ice Chineze has been unstoppable all tournament. Why in the world was somebody else throwing the football?" Fortunately, although Whitworth had a 7 yard carry on first down, the Banijan defense stood tall after that. Bringing down Whitworth at the line of scrimmage on a screen pass, and then a brilliant pass breakup by Makang Secka, forced Kohnhead to kick a field goal. An early 3-0 lead for the challengers. The teams traded three and outs, and with 7 minutes left in the quarter, Chineze came onto the field for Banija's third drive. That's when he finally started to settle into the game. Making some great throws, involving his receivers, and getting into the red zone. On a 3rd and 2 from the 7, he threw a swing pass to Kuenda Sello after Kohnhead came hard with the blitz, and the Banijan star running back high-stepped, untouched, into the end zone.

6 points for Banija, with the PAT making it 7. An early 7-3 lead for the Serpent Eagles. The second quarter was an interesting one, however- with 5 of the 6 drives in the quarter ended in points. Sparked by a 27 yard scramble by QB Byron Joseph, Kohnhead got their second field goal of the game, against Banija's seemingly bend but don't break defense, with Parkinson hitting a 48 yard field goal. Banija seemed likely to respond on the next drive. But after a wide open TE Rada Menasse dropped what would've been a clear first down and a lot more, Kohnhead got the ball and started driving again. Sparked by the big play- a 52 yard run by Herman Whitworth flipped the field, bringing Kohnhead from their own 31 to the Banijan 17. They threatened from there, but then back-to-back sacks by both Isaiah Bryce and Birom Ogunsola meant that Kohnhead were pushed all the way back to their own 30 yard line, for a 3rd and 23. Whitworth got 8 yards on a draw, and Parkinson hit a 39 yarder to put Kohnhead up again for the day, with a 9-7 lead.

The Banijans responded on O with a decent length drive of our own, and Komani Achaje nailing a field goal from 51 yards out. After that, Kohnhead broke out the 4 minute offense, and Byron Joseph was fully in command. He's obviously a capable passer- but most of his electricity comes from his legs. He showed that with just over a minute left in the quarter. Forced to scramble after pressure from Ogunsola, he outran the linemen, juked out Banijan linebacker Onindo Agot, and raced to the pylon, diving into the end zone before Banija's safeties could recover. It was the Brains first touchdown of the afternoon, after 3 previous scoring drives had ended only in field goals for Kohnhead. The pressure was put on Banija- and the Serpent Eagles responded. Sparked by a 31 yard pass to Alazar, and another 22 yard pass to Jelan, we were able to get all the way down to the 17 yard line. Our kicker Achaje hit a 34 yard field goal as time expired, and it was just a three point game at halftime, with the Brains leading, 16-13.

"We need to do a better job of establishing an offensive rhythm, and more importantly- a better job of finishing drives." Said the Head Coach, Thomas Hall, at halftime. "Our passing game can really get going against these guys, but we're just barely missing the timing for the big plays. Let's get out there and make them pay." But sometimes, you need your defense to help out, right? The Banijan defense has been much-maligned throughout this tournament, outshined by a record-setting offense. But after Banija punted on our opening drive of the second half, the defense really came to play. How else to help other than a cornerback blitz, right? Secka lined up in the slot and blitzed on Joseph's blind side, and the Brains QB felt him coming far too late. Secka not only sacked him, but knocked the football out of hands, which was recovered by Banijan DE Birom Ogunsola at the Kohnhead 22. What's more? The Banijans would only need one play to make Kohnhead play. A double move by Lamin Kah left Anne Boyer in the dust, and Chineze lofted a perfect pass to Kah, where the safety had no chance of making a play over the top. One play, 6 points, and suddenly, the Banijans back in business, up 20-16.

But Kohnhead wasn't simply going to take things lying down. A few drives later, a missed 44 yard field goal by our own kicker, Achaje, gave the Brains decent field position, and new life. Just a few minutes later, Kohnhead running back Herman Whitworth was barreling through the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown run, that gave the Brains the lead, once again. 23-20 to Kohnhead, and despite this being a 1v8 matchup, the game looking like it was headed towards an instant classic. "Both teams were throwing haymakers, responding with big play after big play- of course we thought it was gonna go down to the wire." Said one Banijan TV analyst. But it was at that moment, where Banija really decided to show why they were the top seed on this side of the bracket.

A drive towards the end of the third quarter had Banija facing a 2nd and 2, from the Kohnhead 47 yard line, at the left hash. "The plan was to run a version of play-action levels." Said Chineze after the game in regards to this touchdown pass. "Fake it to Sello going left, and then roll right. Jelan would be out deep, running across, occupying the safety, and I'd have Alazar sprinting across, running underneath." But it worked even better than expected. Everybody went with the fake, as you can't simply ignore Kuenda Sello. As Chineze rolled right, the who was supposed to be covering the deep space had abandoned it underneath, to come downhill and cover Alazar. Jelan's double move had been good enough to beat Percy Whitehead, and Jelan was all alone when he caught the football at the 10 yard line. He basically walked into the end zone, celebrating 6 points and the lead.

The Banijan defense, holding a 27-23 lead, really stepped up after that. Forced a three and out. After Chineze took a sack on the ensuing drive and the Serpent Eagles had to punt, the Banijan defense forced a three and out again. Now, up 4, a steady dose of Sello and Chineze feeding his WRs to chew up some clock. Then, with 9 minutes left, the Banijans had a dilemma. Fourth and 3 at the Kohnhead 37 yard line. Up 4, you kick the field goal to go up 7? Or if Achaje misses the 54 yarder, you give the Brains great field position and a chance to take the lead? Hall took a timeout to think about it, and ultimately, decided to go for it. The play-call was brilliant. The Brains brought pressure, and Chineze threw a great screen pass to Sello. With blockers in front of him, he was able to get 13 yards on a play where he only needed three, which gave him the first down. On the very next play, Lamin Kah went to the end zone, and Chineze threw an absolutely perfect dart, between two defenders, for Kah to catch it through the big hit and a touchdown. While Achaje missed the PAT, Banija was now up 10, 33-23, with just over 8 minutes left and all the momentum.

And a minute later, it would be the Banijan defense who would call game. Kohnhead, down 10 with under 8 minutes, was running some hurry-up offense. They got a pair of first downs, naturally. But when Joseph was pressured by Isaiah Bryce, he threw the ball early, trying to force an underneath curl route to William Carey. Koman Tabor jumped the route, picked it off, and was brought down at the Kohnhead 44 yard line. The Banijans would put this game to rest on the next drive, with some more steady doses of Kuenda Sello, and a 31 yard touchdown pass to Lafi Senghore to basically end this thing. Two-time NSCF champion Ozioma Mazzi intercepted a pass inside 2 minutes to literally end the game, as Chineze came out for some kneel downs. No matter- that left us a final score of 40-23, in favor of the Serpent Eagles after a massive second half.

"Chineze is simply unstoppable." Said Thomas Hall. "We've got one of the best QBs in the whole damn business. 5 touchdowns in a playoff game, four of them in the second half? But everybody across our team- our best players made big plays in the biggest moments. Forced fumble by Secka? That interception by Tabor? Sello getting 13 yards on a crucial, high-leverage, fourth down effort? What a fantastic game, what a team. But, this game is over. Well done to Kohnhead, they should be proud of their tournament. But now? Off to the next contest."

The Banijans will be facing off with South Newlandia at the Jungledrom. Another stadium familiar to Banijan NSCF fans. The Banijan teams are each 0-2 at the Jungledrom against RUoN- so no Banijan team has ever beaten a South Newlandian team at this stadium. Not to mention, of course, South Newlandia being the team that eliminated Banija at the last World Bowl, who are now playing on home soil at a Banijan house of horrors- well, it is certainly going to be a big game. "While I hate playing at the Jungledrom, if I was a South Newlandian organizer, I'd have done the exact same thing." Said Loyola-Istria grad Lafi Senghore, who has played at this stadium in his NSCF days. "But it's going to be quite a contest. Many of us have bitter memories of World Bowl 43. We want revenge for that. We want to finally beat a lot of South Newlandian teams at the Jungledrom. But we can't worry about all of that- we've simply got to watch film, and get our gameplan down to a T. If we do that, the rest will follow."

Lafi Senghore then went onto say that South Newlandia v. Banija is 'the most underrated rivalry in all of gridiron'. Is he right? The fundamentals are all there. Familiarity at multiple levels. A few South Newlandians are going to be playing in the GFLB next season. The frequency of matchups in the NSCF between Banijan and South Newlandian schools, as they share a conference. And then, finally, national team games at the highest levels of competition. Two World Bowls in a row meeting at the knockout stages? "It's one that's hard to quantify- but it'd be hard to deny its real, especially with these high-stakes World Bowl matchups." Said Banijan journalist Allison Karbago. "It's gonna be a see of Elephants fans there, as Banijan fans aren't really gonna travel out to Ratzupalfu. But expect plenty of fans out around the bars of Elephant Valley, and this game getting more excitement than normal."

Will South Newlandia be tired? They will be coming off a stunning 5 OT victory over Sarzonia in the Round of 16. All sorts of things can effect the match. But it comes down to this. Banija's gotta win a true road game, in our personalized house of horrors, to reach our first World Bowl semifinal since World Bowl 40? Can the team get it done and break the curse of the Jungledrom? Or will South Newlandia engage in some home cooking to reach the semifinal on their own?

#1 Banija v. #8 Kohnhead Game Summary- Turnovers and Scores

Game played at EVU Field in Elephant Valley, South Newlandia. Sellout crowd of 7,000.

First Quarter
13:11 BNJ INT- Banija calls reverse into WR pass, but BNJ WR Chinweuba Jelan pass is INTERCEPTED by KHD SS Chris Molina, who is tackled at the Banijan 27 yard line.
11:14 KHD FG- 37 yard field goal by K Wanda Parkinson (0-3 Kohnhead)
04:13 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 7 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to HB Kuenda Sello. PAT is good (7-3 Banija)

Second Quarter
13:10 KHD FG- 48 yard field goal by K Wanda Parkinson (7-6 Banija)
09:44 KHD FG- 39 yard field goal by K Wanda Parkinson (7-9 Banija)
05:32 BNJ FG- 51 yard field goal by K Komani Achaje (10-9 Banija)
01:07 KHD TD- Kohnhead QB Byron Joseph 22 yard scramble for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (10-16 Kohnhead)
00:00 BNJ FG- 34 yard field goal by K Komani Achaje as time expires in the half (13-16 Banija)

Third Quarter
12:10 KHD FUM- Kohnhead QB Byron Joseph sacked by CB Makang Secka and FUMBLES, recovered by Banijan DE Birom Ogunsola at the Kohnhead 22 yard line. (13-16 Banija)
12:03 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 22 yard TOCUHDOWN pass to WR Lamin Kah. PAT is good (20-16 Banija)
08:33 BNJ MISSED FG- Banijan K Komani Achaje MISSES field goal from 44 yards wide right. (20-16 Banija)
05:44 BNJ TD- Kohnhead HB Herman Whitworth 9 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (20-23 Kohnhead)
00:34 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 47 yard TOUCHDOWN Pass to WR Chinweuba Jelan. PAT is good (27-23 Banija)

Fourth Quarter
08:05 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 24 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Lamin Kah. PAT is wide right. (33-23 Banija)
07:05 KHD INT- Kohnhead QB Byron Joseph pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan CB Koman Tabor, who is tackled at the Kohnhead 44 yard line. (33-23 Banija)
04:33 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 31 yard TOUCHDOWN Pass to WR Lafi Senghore. PAT is good. (40-23 Banija)
01:59 KHD INT- Kohnhead QB Byron Joseph pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan FS Ozioma Mazzi, who is tackled at the Banijan 24 yard line. (40-23 Banija)

Banija WINS 40-23

Offensive Statistical Leaders
Banija
Passing
BNJ- QB Ifeatu Chineze. 32/43, 408 yards, 5 touchdowns.

Rushing
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 22 carries, 98 yards.
BNJ- RB Christopher Isto. 2 carries, 9 yards.
BNJ- QB Ifeatu Chineze. 1 carry, 3 yards.

Receiving
BNJ- WR Chinweuba Jelan. 5 catches, 91 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- WR Lamin Kah. 9 catches, 112 yards, 2 touchdowns.
BNJ- WR Kalu Alazar. 8 catches, 74 yards.
BNJ- WR Lafi Senghore. 5 catches, 66 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 3 catches, 40 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- WR Berechiah Ramogi. 1 catch, 7 yards.
BNJ- TE Zedekiah Akoth. 1 catch, 18 yards.


Who is starting at the most important position in sports on each GFLB team? Let's let everyone know...

Dukuma Dragons.
VACANT

Jinja City Springboks
Zaminkosi Holomisa. 22 years old. Kizza I College(Banija, domestic) grad.

Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club.
Ebenezer Odondi. Banija. 25 years old. Lake Wakiso State(Banija, domestic) grad.

Askatasuna Wildcats.
Aphiwe Dandala. Banija. 22 years old. University of Moravica(Banija, domestic) grad.

Lwanga Rhinos.
Ebou Hairte. Banija. 24 years old. Loyola-Istria(Banija, NSCF) grad.

Hoima Zebra.
Jethro Adida. Banija. 27 years old. University of Moravica(Banija, domestic) grad.

Mynda Gorillas.
Ezra Odika. Banija. 29 years old. Heshima & Usian University(Banija, domestic) grad.

Sisonke Leopards.
Vallienté Wagner-Young. Ranoria. 23 years old. Northern Moravica(Banija, NSCF) grad.

Busukuma Suns.
Amazu Chibuzo. Banija. 31 years old. Loyola-Istria(Banija, NSCF) grad.

Rukunbi Wizards.
VACANT

Busembe Timberwolves
Arioch Ayange. Banija. 30 years old. Kizza I College(Banija, domestic) grad.

Aissa Crocodiles.
Ifeatu Chineze. Banija. 32 years old. Richardson University(Ranoria, NSCF) grad.

Herzegovina City Cobras
Omar Jassey. 37 years old. Loyola-Istria(Banija, NSCF) grad.

Busukuma Athletic Club
Ezekiel Bantoba. 31 years old. Richardson University(Ranoria, NSCF) grad.

Bunyoro RSC
Kajwang Awiti. Banija. 29 years old. Hangaza Tech(Banija, domestic) grad.

Istria Black Mambas
VACANT.

Mar Sara Night Elves- Expansion Team
Craig Juniper. Baker Park. 23 years old. Loyola-Istria(Banija, NSCF) grad.

St. Jakob Honey Badgers- Expansion Team
Dumile Balfour. Banija. 21 years old. Moravica A&M(Banija, domestic) grad.

Igulu Bush Elephants- Expansion Team
Lindisizwe Mthobeni. Banija. 22 years old. Bunyoro State(Banija, domestic) grad.

Port Stovine Sea Turtles- Expansion Team
VACANT

Mukeruzi Hyenas- Expansion Team
VACANT

Kosactus Red Vultures- Expansion Team
VACANT

Isipongo Wild Boars- Expansion Team
Wandile Magona. 22 years old. North Kitara(Banija, domestic) grad.

Bwubanza Ostriches- Expansion Team'
Deondre 'Diamond' Rhine. Ranoria. Free Agent signing from the Dietrich Dynamos of the RFL. Cold Hill(Ranoria, NSCF) grad.


Non-First Round Big Name Prospects that got drafted in later rounds
NMU OLB Kendrick Diaz(DEL) - Herzegovina City Cobras
NMU RG Alifa Marenah(BNJ) - Hoima Zebras
NMU CB Uzoma Obasi(BNJ) - Mar Sara Night Elves
Staramara Tech FS Siu Cantu (CMT) - Busembe Timberwolves
Elephant Valley RG Dan Tucker (SNL) - Sisonke Leopards
Elephant Valley OLB Violet Daniels (SNL) - Mar Sara Night Elves
Elephant Valley ILB Karl Hutmacher (ZRH) - Dukuma Dragons
RUoN DE Ghatool Gujjar (Kkaputtstan) - Mukeruzi Hyenas

Banijan Domestic First Round QB Prospects
Wandile Magona. North Kitara. Strength: Ability as a runner; mobility in the pocket. Weakness: Short-throw accuracy. 2nd round pick by the Isipongo Wild Boars.
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Postby Ranoria » Mon May 23, 2022 7:27 pm

Cutoff for the Ranorian Half!

Talk about a competition loaded with hall of famers! But who comes out on top when legends go head to head?

Quarterfinal Matchups (scorinated by Ran)

Banija 44–10 South Newlandia
@The Jungledrom, Ratzupalfu, South Newlandia (2,186)

Delaclava 25-10 Chromatika
EVU Field, Elephant Valley, South Newlandia(7,000)


World Bowl 44: Ranorian Half Semifinal (scorinated by Ran)

#1 Banija Serpent Eagles vs #2 Delaclava Phoenixes
@Elephant Field, Elephant Valley, South Newlandia(15,400)
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Postby Ko-oren » Tue May 24, 2022 2:01 pm

Where the Round of 16 prepared us for close games, the Quarterfinals gave us games that didn't exactly go down to the wire. Banija won by 34, Delaclava by 15. Kriegiersien took down Drawkland by a single point - by far the most fun game for neutrals. And then there was what the Dragonflies did to Anthor. Not the biggest win margin ('only' 30), but a shutout nonetheless. It's been a while since this Ko-orenite team shut out an opponent, but it's bringing back memories of the last two World Bowl final runs we made: all were on the back of a good-to-great team in the group stage... and then the team came alive in the knockouts. It looks like that might be happening again. Kriegiersien is a team in good form, though, taking down opponents that are bigger than them on paper - and their running game is the kind of thing we're not too well equipped for.

Versus Anthor, it was a textbook display of the secondary just not giving up any chunks, and for the first time this tournament, the safety duo of Aurisea and Turaundhinthen lived up to expectations (and the image of the duos of old). Turaundhinthen moved up to stop some runs from going for more than 10 yards, Aurisea took calculated risks to come away with an interception, and Jennings and Vigouroux shut down whoever lined up across them. There'll have to be much more from Turaundhinthen in shutting down runs, and we're looking at the linebackers as well - all three (or four) of which played a fantastic game versus Anthor as well - to make sure that we don't get overrun.

Injuries have been kind to us in the lead up to this game, but we'll miss some key players in the semifinals. First of all, there's Wilson, who came back from the Anaian FLAGS with minor issues that shut him down for most of the Godspeed preseason. That means that we could even see one of the smaller tight ends appear in the backfield as hybrid blocking/receiving options, because as always, the receiving corps is very small and the backs and tight ends do all of the heavy lifting in this offence. Left guard Haustedhaungen is likely out as well, replaced by young all-rounder Allacea, which gives the coaches the option to run some unorthodox blocking schemes. Vuluja has been out for a while at right tackle, but Witvos is at least as good at the position.

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Postby Delaclava » Tue May 24, 2022 7:00 pm

It was close, until it wasn't. The Phoenixes and the Iron Legion were evenly matched, until they weren't. Sarai Gwenderyn was the present until she was, at most, the future. And Taurus Wright was what he's always been. And the Phoenixes upheld an old guard that's been kicking ass while the rest of you were still in diapers.

For thirty minutes or so, it looked for all the world that Delaclava, number two, and Chromatika, number four, were evenly matched, the two best teams remaining in the competition, as neutral football fans (what are those?) lamented that too many of the football elite were locked in the South Newlandian half of the competition. That Chromatika had one of the best defenses in the world was a prerequisite; that Delaclava did, a revelation, but Gwenderyn made her best efforts to throw ice water over a red-hot defense and Wright got to work cracking one of the more difficult puzzles in the game, both leaders managing a touchdown and a field goal, leaving the Elephant Field crowd ready for more.

But there are certain contour lines in the topography of the World Bowl and there's a reason the Phoenixes are above them nearly all, even I guess y'all must have forgot. The endurance, the intellect, the tenacity just aren't things found anywhere else in the world game. Alison Silva figured out how to deal with his height disadvantage against Alessandra Mio and time his defense perfectly to deflect passes, Terry Price and Thomas Schuttler started eating Sarai alive and forcing her into mistakes, and the whole Phoenixes defense made sure their teammates could get on the field. And Wright kept finding Robbie Hahn and Noah Simmons open for short passes time and time again, eating the clock up on his own while adding the two go-ahead touchdowns - the first, an outside flat route to Hahn; the second, an unexpected float over the top to Andre Michel. And for style, Wright faked the pass before having Azatar Mamedov pound it up the middle for two.

After a rushed pass from Gwenderyn to Kern Sayan was intercepted by Brent Miller with less than a minute remaining, Taurus Wright took the field to kneel out the remaining time and seal up his fourth consecutive semifinal berth. The showman starting to take over the businesslike leader, he pointed to the crowd, flexed, and blew kisses before getting into the huddle. Two plays later and the teams converged at midfield to pay their respects for a hard-fought contest.

As Wright came off the field, he spotted a DSGN cameraman standing next to noted personality Ellie Morton, and jogged over to her for a quick interview.

"Taurus, that was a huge win! What was the difference that half?"

"We stuck to our gameplan, made adjustments, and just executed better. That's what we do."

"How's it feel to be in your fourth straight World Bowl semifinal?"

"We love it, but we're not done yet, not by a long shot. We celebrate tonight and get started tomorrow."

"Taurus, your next opponent will be Banija. Is there anything you'd like to say?"

Taurus paused for a moment. Ellie looked at him expectantly. Taurus smirked and figured he'd give the people back home what they want.

"Ike Chineze, where you at? I hope you've enjoyed feasting on double-A teams, because it's time to come back to the major leagues and get it! Demas Akech, Koman Tabor, welcome to the show - now we're gonna show you what it's like! Banija, we've been prepping for this game all year, I know you never thought you'd make it here and you won't be staying long!"

And with that Taurus Wright exited the view of the camera and headed back to the locker room.
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The Turning Points- the key plays that launched Banija back to the World Bowl Semifinals

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An Offensive Lineman for Banija spikes the football after a Kuenda Sello touchdown run


RATZUPALFU, SOUTH NEWLANDIA- We've been here before. Quite literally. The national team played at the Jungledrom during the group stages, and we took it to Abanhfleft on that day, with a 36-7 win that moved the Banijans to 7-1, and really put the team in position to clinch this half of the tournament's top seed just a week later. Many of these players, and our fans(through their television sets of course), have been at the stadium via the NSCF. It's been all ugly scenes during those times. Banijan teams going to take on the stadium's full-time owners, and the Egrets always find a way to hit our schools in the math and get a win. Whether's it's last minute madness, or end-to-end domination, there has only been one result when a Banijan gridiron team traveled to this stadium to take on a South Newlandian squad(specifically, RUoN)- and that result is a win for the home squad.

Some might say that kind of home field advantage might metasize for the World Bowl, right?

And they would be wrong. Thomas Hall approached this game without fear. "Look, we know the history of Banijan teams in this stadium, we know our very recent history against this very same South Newlandian Elephants squad." The Head Coach said. "But you throw all that history out the window. It's not about what happened in the past- it's about how we match up on the field today, and what we're going to do." And surely, the team was clearly more than ready to implement Coach Hall's gameplan. They made the necessary plays to blow the doors off of South Newlandia, cast off the curse of the Jungledrom, have NMU Head Coach Lance Kabuye take more notes than he possibly has notebooks for about how to play at this stadium, and we're going to take you through each of the game's key high-leverage moments.

Two Hours Before Kickoff- Weather breaks from forecast, Clouds clear for Sunshine filled afternoon

"The entire week- it was pouring rain for all of our practices." Said the Head Coach, Thomas Hall. With the weather in Ratzupalfu known to be quite nasty, there was rain all week long, and rain in the forecast for Saturday. Ergo, Thomas Hall, practicing at a local high school, ensured that they would practice outside so that they were ready for the rain. They prepared in wet weather, and ensured that they practiced gripping the ball, passing the ball, etc... Doing every single major event in a rainstorm. But then, day of the game, forecast changed. Weather patterns, they're that crazy. Chance of rain for Sunday's 3 PM local kickoff, on Saturday, went from 90% to 40%.

And then, 2 hours before kickoff, the clouds opened up- sunlight. It didn't rain even a little bit during the entire game. "Although you can't change your gameplan on the fly entirely, it did allow us to open up the playbook a lot more than we thought we would before the game started." Thomas Hall said. Weather, one of the biggest advantages of playing at the Jungledrom, had been rendered a non-factor by Mother Nature.

11:50 Q1- South Newlandia driving in a scoreless ballgame early, trying to strike first

The Serpent Eagles went 3 and out on our first drive, after we had elected to receive the opening kickoff to begin this ballgame. After the opening punt, Robert Stein had his highlight moment- a 50 yard pass to a WIDE open tight end, Dhruv Valentine. Valentine, of course, had left his linebacker in the dust, and after catching the ball 20 yards downfield, chugged for 30 more before he was dragged down from behind by Banijan strong safety Hebron Okungu. That, of course, was the high point in the much-maligned SNL Quarterback Robert Stein's day. One play to flip the field, from your own 23 yard line to the Banijan 27. But yet, just a couple of plays later, the Banijan defense stepped up to make a play- their first of many on this day.

The Elephants tried to run a play action, but we were ready for it. It was a 2nd and 2 from the Banijan 19 yard line, and Thomas Hall suspected that the Elephants, playing at home, might get aggressive. Throw in some mis-direction with a fake, go towards the end zone. Unfortunately, Charley MacArthur, the Elephants Left Tackle, completely missed his blocking assignment as Birom Ogunsola got a clear path to the quarterback. The NMU grad got in there and knocked the ball free, as DT Essa Marong recovered the football for the Serpent Eagles at the 26. Snuffing out South Newlandia's first opportunity to score. And a few minutes later on the ensuing drive, we'd take full advantage of the turnover, as Chineze would throw a 17 yard TD pass to Kalu Alazar.

2:50 Q1- Banija leading 7-0, and facing a Fourth and Two from the South Newlandian 27 yard line

Probably the highest leverage moment of the first quarter. Up 7-0 and driving, facing the hostile crowd on the road. 4th and 2 from the South Newlandian 27. A 44 yard field goal in this situation, of course, is not bad. Take an early 10-0 lead, continue to put pressure on the home team. But Hall wanted more than that. "We knew that we had to take this crowd out of it entirely." Thomas Hall told reporters. "And the way to do that is touchdowns- not field goals." Plus, of course, 44 yards, while inherently makeable, is not exactly a gimme- and Achaje has been far from perfect throughout this World Bowl. Our OC made it simple, throwing a halfback toss to Kuenda Sello, to try and get him a hole and space to work his magic on the end to get a first down.

Well he did that- and a lot more. He hit the whole between the tight end and the tackle, and had a path cleared for him. Aging Safety Taylor Suarez was brought to the ground by a powerful Sello stiff-arm, as the running back dove into the end zone. That's how it works, eh? About to get off the field- and suddenly, it's 14-0. This may have been, in hindsight, the beginning of the end. Although it was just the second quarter, it truly was a soul crushing moment for the Elephants. Allowing Banija to go up big early was absolutely not part of the gameplan.

6:33 Q2- Banija leading 14-3, but South Newlandia building momentum and needing a stop on 3rd and 13 to get off the field

Despite going down two touchdowns early, the Elephants were trying to get back in the game. They had a field goal, and were starting to get themselves some stops. This Banijan offense has lit up all sorts of scoreboards all tournament long, so getting another stop here could be huge. Another chance to get a touchdown, maybe make it a one possesion game? And after the second and 5 sack that lost the Banijans a stunning 8 yards on second down, it felt as if they were about to get the stop. The crowd getting into it, the South Newlandians getting aggressive on defense, bringing the pressure.

But they made a deadly mistake against Ifeatu Chineze- Never give him single-high coverage over the top. And that's exactly what happened. The safeties came downfield to cover the slot receivers, leaving the middle of the field WIDE open. A beautiful double move 10 yards up field left South Newlandia's CB1 in the dust, and Chinweuba Jelan just flew down the center of the field, wide open. He caught the deep ball from Ice Chineze, and simply walked into the end zone.

3:09 Q2- Banija leading 20-3, South Newlandia driving to try and get back into the game

Ensuing drive. South Newlandia, now down 20-3 at home, is dangerously reaching true blowout territory. Who wants to get embarrassed on home soil at the World Bowl? The answer, of course, is absolutely nobody. They're spreading it out, as Banija's offense has taken away the vaunted Elephants run game, as they are forced to try and air it out in an effort to put points on the board and come back in this contest. But Robert Stein was having some luck on this drive- hitting his WRs, spreading the wealth around, reminding people how he got this job in the first place. Unfortunately, the drive would serve as a stark reminder of why exactly he's so unpopular in South Newlandian gridiron circles, despite winning his group here at this tournament, and leading the team to back-to-back World Bowl Quarterfinal appearances.

He had gotten all the way down to the 12 yard line. As he snapped the ball, he got confused, with a safety blitz from Banija, that saw our own middle linebacker, Demas Akech, drop back to the goal line. WHen Stein was forced to throw off his back foot, he was trying to fit the ball through a window so tight, we weren't sure it ever existed. But Akech was at the right place at the right time, intercepting the pass and then falling down inside his own end zone, for a touchback. That marked the second South Newlandian turnover on the day deep inside Banijan territory, and it was pretty much all she wrote on this contest.

4:20 Q3- Banija leading 34-10, Banija seals the game by intercepting Robert Stein for the third time on the day

Game's over at this point, right? Why are we here? Banija led by as many as 31 in the 3rd quarter, having an early 34-3 lead. Of course, South Newlandia scored a TD on the ground via Giovanni Read, and then after their defense forced a three and out, quite a few people thought they had momentum. Down 24- have crazier things happened? It turns out, that yes- this game would not be remembered for a maddening South Newlandian comeback. Robert Stein threw his third turnover(and fourth overall fumble), in this situation. It wasn't that we brought the house on defense, either. Simply rushing four, but Ogunsola beating the double team on his side of the line of scrimmage to rush Stein's throws and decision-making process.

Stein, of course, cracked under the pressure, quite literally, as Koman Tabor got his interception and simply took the wind out of the sails of any sort of South Newlandian comeback effort. In the fourth quarter, we'd outscore them as well, but yeah, this was the final point of the game where it was really put to bed. No chance of a comeback after that one.

#1 Banija v. #4 South Newlandia Game Summary- Turnovers and Scores

Game played at the Jungledrom in Ratzupalfu, South Newlandia. Sellout crowd of 2,186.

First Quarter
11:44 SNL FUM- South Newlandia QB Robert Stein is sacked by Banijan DE Birom Ogunsola and FUMBLES, which is recovered by Banijan DT Essa Marong at the Banijan 26 yard line. (0-0)
07:11 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 17 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Kalu Alazar. PAT is good (7-0 Banija)
02:43 BNJ TD- Banijan HB Kuenda Sello 27 yard run for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (14-0 Banija)

Second Quarter
13:10 SNL FG- 32 yard field goal by K Abdul Corbett (14-3 Banija)
06:24 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 58 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Chinweuba Jelan. PAT hits left upright (20-3 Banija)
03:01 SNL INT- South Newlandia QB Robert Stein pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan MLB Demas Akech in the end zone for a touchback (20-3 Banija)
00:57 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze runs QB sneak 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (27-3 Banija)

Third Quarter
14:40 SNL INT- South Newlandia QB Robert Stein pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan CB Makang Secka, returned to the South Newlandia 24 yard line (27-3 Banija)
13:01 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze 13 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Lafi Senghore (34-3 Banija)
09:04 SNL TD- South Newlandia HB Giovanni Read runs 37 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (34-10 Banija)
04:11 SNL INT- South Newlandia QB Robert Stein pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan CB Koman Tabor, returned to the South Newlandia 37 yard line (34-10 Banija)
00:44 BNJ FG- Banijan K Komani Achaje hits 28 yard field goal. (37-10 Banija)

Fourth Quarter
09:03 BNJ TD- Banijan RB Kuenda Sello runs 78 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (44-10 Banija)
03:34 SNL INT- South Newlandia RB Diego Holland is hit by Banijan OLB Onindo Agot and FUMBLES, recovered by Banijan SS Ganya Ikhanda at the Banijan 42 yard line.

Banija WINS 44-10

Offensive Statistical Leaders
Banija
Passing
BNJ- QB Ifeatu Chineze. 22/29, 276 yards, 3 touchdowns.

Rushing
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 22 carries, 176 yards, 2 touchdowns.
BNJ- RB Christopher Isto. 12 carries, 22 yards.
BNJ- RB Elasah Okumu. 6 carries, 11 yards.
BNJ- RB Philip Apondo. 4 carries, 3 yards.
BNJ- QB Ifeatu Chineze. 1 carry, 1 yard, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- QB Amazu Chibuzo. 3 carries, 8 yards.

Receiving
BNJ- WR Chinweuba Jelan. 2 catches, 73 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- WR Lamin Kah. 3 catches, 25 yards.
BNJ- WR Kalu Alazar. 7 catches, 74 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- WR Lafi Senghore. 8 catches, 96 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 1 catch, 6 yards.
BNJ- WR Berechiah Ramogi. 1 catch, 2 yards.
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Postby Kriegiersien » Wed May 25, 2022 6:17 am

While the Kriegiersien Football team, with another show from showoff Dudagog, beat Drawkland 27–26 in a sensational upset against their opponent from the group stage and reached the semi final of the World Bowl for the first time, the questions from the reporters turned around another big change in Kriegiersien history. The mandatory ban of clothes is lifted!

So the players of the Kriegiersien Football team could be also the last to play with the short rugs as jerseys. Most players and officials of the team reacted confused about the question how they felt about that.


Silly Deepdottar (Coach):
We just made it into the semis of the most important tournament in the world and you ask me about some fashion things? I don't care. I have to prepare for Ko-oren.

Loghot Giantchest (Defender)
Well, that will now raise the costs for my private evening attire and underwear. Bwaha.

Thromodrid Oregrip (Attacker)
I think the daily life will change not as much as many think. But for the economy it could become an interesting factor, if you look at the social interactions there and also the diplomatic contacts. I think the society will open more but the youth will get more prudish. As in many parts the law was ignored anyway, but used by opponents as an ad hominem for our skillset... where are you going?

Dudagog (already Legend):
I don't know. What is njuditi?

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Finally. Don't know while it took so long. I never felt obliged to that BS anyway. Now I can say that.

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Postby South Newlandia » Wed May 25, 2022 12:40 pm

Semifinal Cutoff for Ko and Krieg! Which K-nation will get one more game for all the marbles?

Semifinal Result (scorinated by SNL)

#1 Ko-oren 20-0 #7 Kriegiersien
@Karmin-Falce Superdome, Ranoria City, Ranoria (121,450)



World Bowl XLIV Final (scorinated by Ranoria)

#1 Ko-oren - TBD
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Postby Banija » Wed May 25, 2022 3:00 pm

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Hey guys! Welcome back to my corner of the internet for everything college football! I, of course, usually cover the NSCF, especially the two Banijan schools, as well as domestic college football here in Banija. I'm a University of Moravica grad- aka, we don't like either of the Banijan schools. But of course, due to physical proximity, they get the Lion's share of this blog's attention.

But, of course, it's the World Bowl, and of course, we're still playing! There are just three teams left in this thing- as we write this article during that awkward amount of time before the end of the first semifinal, and the start of the nightcap, the main event, the prime time semifinal- Banija v. Delaclava, for the right of either superstar QB to get shut out by/face Ko-oren in the World Bowl XLIV Final, at one of the grandest stadiums of them all- the Karmin-Falce SuperDome.

We've been in the World Bowl Semifinals five different times. The curse there is broken, of course! We lost our first four World Bowl Semifinals before finally winning one, to which we responded by putting up 3 points in a world title game. And we haven't been back- until now. Riding the high-powered offense behind the arm of Ice Chineze, we've got a grand, highly anticipated matchup before our eyes, with Delaclava as our opponents.

There's a lot I could write about here. The importance of this rivalry. The chance to finally shut Taurus Wright up about ending the career of the true GOAT(John Garrett/Dustin Beck/Taurus Wright, I'm sorry, you're all pretenders), and establishing who the new best QB in the world is. Establishing why, exactly, Delaclava so severely gets under the skin of the Banijans. The chance to challenge all sorts of idioms about how defense wins championships, and instead, how a defensive head coach, Thomas Hall, has the potential to introduce the offensive revolution of a lifetime, riding to a title with a slightly above average defense and, legitimately, one of the all-time great passing attacks.

But there are plenty of websites where you can read about all those juicy, interesting, yet of course- traditional angles. You come to Coulibaly's Corner for content you absolutely could not get anywhere else, right?

Every possible angle of the game is being covered. Behind the paywall, you can read even on this website, about how the heck this Banijan defense can have a hope or prayer of slowing down one of the great QBs of our time, the amazing Taurus Wright.

But we're gonna talk about what we've heard- everybody always talks the talk in this series. But who's gonna walk the walk?

The quotes that will describe Banija's semifinal against Delaclava


I mean, we can just start with this quote from Taurus Wright, their superstar Quarterback, just last week.

Taurus Wright wrote:Ice Chineze, where you at? I hope you've enjoyed feasting on double-A teams, because it's time to come back to the major leagues and get it! Demas Akech, Koman Tabor, welcome to the show - now we're gonna show you what it's like! Banija, we've been prepping for this game all year, I know you never thought you'd make it here and you won't be staying long!


Nothing like starting the week of this rivalry with throwing some barbs at your opponent. When Ice Chineze was asked about Taurus Wright's comment, he fired back. "Look man, Taurus is a hell of a player. But let's be real- his defense could prep three full years for us and they still wouldn't be ready for what the Serpent Eagles have to throw at em." Big words from a big man, we'll see if he can back those up on the field. But the Phoenix and the Serpent Eagles, they don't like each other- not one bit.

The trash talk on the field is gonna be real. When they spoke to the head referee, during mid-week, the referee said that her crew would be on watch for it. "Look, we know, this is going to be one of those contests where emotions are high, tensions might flare, players are going to get in each other's faces. We are just gonna tell everyone now- keep it clean. No extended arguments, we're gonna make sure that this game flows and isnt' slowed down by the extra-curricular." She's probably got a better chance of telling a baby not to cry. It's hard to say- but they're simply going to have to let a lot of things go. This game is probably gonna stay clean, especially if it stays close, like we expect.

But if it, for whatever reason, turns into a blowout, and the winning team lets the losing team know about it? Well, I'm just glad that I am not a referee.

Let's look at what the Head Coach, Thomas Hall, had to say about the opportunity to coach in another World Bowl Semifinal.

Thomas Hall wrote:Look, getting this far in a major tournament is not promised to you. There's a reason why, in the 11 cycles since we returned to the World Bowl, beginning with World Bowl 34- this is just our third appearance here. For many players, it could be their final opportunity to win this thing. With each game, the stakes keep rising, the pressure rises, the dream of World Bowl glory continues to be on the verge of happening. We all understand this. That's why I'm happy with the week of practice that I've seen- everyone showing up early, being on top of film, etc... We're gonna be ready for Delaclava.


Coachspeak, unfortunately. Thomas Hall will trade barbs with the best of 'em, but he's not quite the walking quote machine like Lance Kabuye is. Can you believe that some people were saying his seat could be getting warm before this tournament? He's won 10 in a row, and is just one game away from the Karmin-Falce SuperDome. He's got this team close once again, and Banijan gridiron fans have dreams of glory dashing before their eyes. Could they get there?

Isaka Jawara wrote:[Redacted] 'em


Is anyone really surprised? Of course, Isaka Jawara hasn't played for the NT since World Bowl 41- when, of course, he was knocked straight out of the World Bowl by none other than Taurus Wright and the Delaclav Phoenix themselves. We're still talking about that? Of course, Banija hasn't played Delaclava in the World Bowl since, and therefore, there's still a sour taste in the mouths of plenty of Banijans, especially some older fans, and plenty of Banijan players. "If you asked me to compliment the Phoenixes, I would tell you that's pretty much impossible." Said Lafi Senghore, a Loyola-Istria alum who is a WR for the Banijan NT. "This is a game that they have had coming for a while, and we intend to deliver it to them, even if it is in front of far too small of a crowd." That, of course, echoes many Banijan media criticism that South Newlandia's stadia are simply too small, and that they should have temporarily expanded them for this competition.

And last but not least, the old man who's snap count will surely explode to try and contain possibly the multiverse's best dual-threat QB, Taurus Wright...

Isaiah Bryce wrote:I mean, I went to QB-U(referring to Richardson University, the alma mater of both Ifeatu Chineze and John Garrett). So I might be biased. But... I mean, he said we were taking on Double A competition. We play whoever's in front of us. But let it be known- we've got the best damn team in the multiverse. Tell em he can say what he wants, but we're gonna be ready on both sides of the football, damnit. And don't just tell him. Let the rest the offense know... we'll be the ones on the first planes, Monday morning, to Ranoria City.


Isaiah Bryce doesn't' exactly hold back, does he? Banija's schedule hasn't been the strongest, admittedly. But of course- you play who is in front of you. And there has been good competition out here, even if underrated. Delaclava battled with Kavanis just like we did on three occasions, and we beat a Pot 1 team(Abanhfleft) three consecutive times in three different countries. Not to mention, taking down the co-hosts! So he has no time for your schedule criticism.

Not much to unpack here besides the prediction of a victory... There's already plenty of bulletin board material out there for both sides. Can the Banijans back theirs up and actually get on the next plane to Ranoria City?
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Postby Ranoria » Wed May 25, 2022 7:21 pm

Cutoff for the Ranorian half! Receivers and skill players better be swift. Sorry, bad pun - I'm tired. :lol:


Banija 17-7 Delaclava



World Bowl XLIV Final (scorinated by Ranoria)

#1 Ko-oren Dragonflies - #1 Banija Serpent Eagles
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Postby Ko-oren » Thu May 26, 2022 2:52 am

We're back after a short absence. The Ko-orenite gridiron Dragonflies are going to their seventh World Bowl final, surpassing Drawkland's six and tying the Allamunnic States' seven. The latter still hold the record for most World Bowl final wins (six), a number we're still somewhat removed from (four). In the upcoming final, we'll play Banija, a team we've not met at this stage of the tournament yet (instead, we played Saintland twice, and the Free Republics, Drawkland, Pridnestrovia, and the Allamunnic States once).

But there's far more at play than that. So far we've only looked at the history of the competition - ancient and impressive, with dynasties and one-offs alike - yet there is more going on. There's the Banija - Ko-oren rivalry, chilled by our move to Anaia perhaps, but still a big deal to us given it stretches across so many sports. Ice hockey? The Banijans hid a franchise in Schemerdrecht, that Ko-orenite ice hockey fans either love or hate (but even the latter have to admit that it's a successful business). Soccer? After the Banijans won their World Cup title, little time was wasted to learn from their success and put an equally well-prepared team on the field (which resulted in a lost final to Nephara before the eventual victory in 89). Baseball? The Banija versus Ko-oren final in WBC 47. Basketball? We're both succesful, but in completely different eras - but we're making a slow comeback there. Even lacrosse connects us via a lot of lost finals.

Basically, it's an honour and maybe a destiny to finally get our direct final in something after that Classic.

And this final runs even deeper than that: there's the debate for our best defence ever at stake, as well. There are two big eras of Ko-orenite gridiron (the first being the 2nd-1st-2nd spell in the mid-20s, the second being our current run). In the first, the defence was great and came through for us at weird times (10-7 win over the Allamunnic States in a quarterfinal after shutting out Vettrera the round before), a 7-6 win over Saintland in a final, after a 10-0 win in a semifinal, a 7-3 quarterfinal, and 8 shutouts in 10 group stage games, a 10-0 win over Taeshan in a semifinal). In the second, the defence was also great (a 6-0 final win over Pridnestrovia, 44-9 over the Free Republics in a semi after taking down Drawkland 10-7, plenty of shutouts in the group, a 10-6 final win, a 13-3 final win, a 10-3 semi). The main difference is that the former won one title, the latter three. Both made three finals in total though... I suspect this debate will be going on for a while. The first dynasty got us there the first time, the second dynasty built on top of the foundations of the first.

There's even a level of individual players: who is our best quarterback? Our first World Bowl final was won by Sébastien Germain (preceded by Denes Ploraon leading us to our first, lost, final). Germain would lead us to two finals in his career, losing his second trip there. Then there's the modern dynasty with its three titles. The first was won with Stanley Parkes at the helm - and Aolif Arerira functioning as the occasional starter in run-heavy games. The win would be solely Parkes', though. The second title of the dynasty came from Robin Reeman... again, with Arerira in a relieving role if we had to run a lot. In the third - and you'll notice a theme here - it was Rem Plasman who started most games, with again Arerira in a supporting role, mostly brought out in the group stage.

Looking at our current roster, history might be about to repeat itself. This time, it's Pier Masman, just 23 years old, who'll start the final... with the now 35-year old Arerira as the secondary QB in charge of calling the shots in run-first group stage games. Arerira is the only quarterback with three World Bowl rings - potentially getting a fourth - without starting a final, sitting behind a different winning signalcaller each time. At least he got to win a domestic title as the starter with Aerellen early in his career... and we won't know if Arerira or Masman will be starting until the first time our offence takes to the field. If it's Masman, and we win... we could still call Arerira our greatest QB ever despite never winning the big one.




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Semifinals
Divisional Kidignir 6 14:00 - ImageAerellen Explosions 33-27 ImageSterrenwolde Dragonflies (Northern Arena, Aevanna att. 32000/32000, -1C Partially Cloudy)
QB Arerira came through for the Explosions with some circus throws to Varafin and Voorhorst, amassing 266 passing yards on the day. Not quite season-high for him, but close. Two touchdowns were punched in by fullback Joshie, despite the good catching all day. FS Amalir got an early key interception to set up two back-to-back TD drives for Arerira, which was the psychological shock Sterrenwolde couldn't overcome. Even with the star-studded roster, the visiting team couldn't get a decent drive together. The offensive line wasn't up to code and the running game couldn't get anywhere.

Divisional Kidignir 6 19:00 - ImageGreencaster Godspeed 10-6 ImageMayara Destroyers (Surbourneshire Square, Greencaster att. 56059/65000, 14C Deluge (rain))
Horrible weather in Greencaster as the hosts go to another Bowl - finally - at the cost of the Destroyers, who have been steady postseason goers for a half decade now. The low scoring game was still fun, with a lot of mud, people getting pushed over because this field gave zero traction, and Godspeed's incredible combo in the backfield, Wilson and Thorebourne, ran circles around the Capital team. The Destroyers came to town with Disaunthaungun at QB, who isn't exactly a league caliber starter, and with the conditions taking care of his receivers, there was little to be done all day.

Ko-oren Bowl Kidignir 11 18:00 - ImageAerellen Explosions 30-33 ImageGreencaster Godspeed (Stade sur la Baie, Aminey att. 70000/70000, 5C Gloomy)
The moment we've all been waiting for! The two-time champions Godspeed added a third title, sneakily becoming the strongest team of the modern era. Aerellen hoped to get a title in season 50 to follow their only title so far in season 43. Once again, the western division triumphed (now winning seven Bowls in a row!) even if pundits call the eastern division the stronger division top to bottom. Stable conditions for both teams to do what they want, and Godspeed's running was the defining factor once more. Thorebourne scored a touchdown early, Wilson added one late, in between a defensive score with Bosschers returning a fumble for a TD. The Explosions were close, though, as Arerira threw well (and conservatively) for 241 yards, going 18 from 24. It just wasn't enough, with Schiebout and Aemino in the secondary giving up small, but drive-saving chunks of the field to Greencaster all day.
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The Defense takes center stage as Banija rides their oft-criticized defense to the World Bowl Final

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A Defensive Linemen for Banija celebrates a sack of Delaclav QB Taurus Wright


ELEPHANT VALLEY, SOUTH NEWLANDIA- The World Bowl Semifinals. All sorts of storylines for this one. The ferocity of the rivalry. An unofficial AO championship game, with Banija v. Delaclava being the last two teams standing. Delaclava trying to ensure their World Bowl Semifinal losing streak doesn't go from 3 to 4, considering they finally can face somebody other than the Ranorian juggernaut. And, of course, all the smack talk and rhetoric we heard between the two sets of players, ratcheting its way up to what was surely going to be an epic semifinal. All the keys to the game, we've read and seen everything we need to know. How was this one going to play out?

Elephant Field was sold out for this occasion(admittedly, not that hard to do), and bars across the South Newlandian capitol were filled with ticketless Banijan and Delaclav fans, looking to cash in on some of that energy. National anthems belted, Delaclava won the opening coin toss and deferred, and we were ready for some football. It was both defenses, particlularly, that came out to play. Thomas Hall, Banija's Head Coach, had said before the game that would happen. "Obviously, we've had a ton of positive attention on our offense- and deservedly so. For the first 11 games of this campaign, we've been record-breaking. Haven't' scored less than 33 points in any game in the World Bowl leading up to this point, including a pair of 40+ point performances in our first two knockout stage games. Ice Chineze truly is the greatest at what he does, isn't he? Nobody's paid our defense that much attention. And that's OK- because when the moment comes, we will be ready."

Banija got the ball to start the game, and immediately had a 15 yard run by Kuenda Sello for a first down. But after that, three and out- forced to punt. Delaclava got a couple of first downs, but they were forced to punt as well. Teams trading punts to start a game, nothing unusual about that, eh? The first real interesting moment of the game was right around the halfway mark of the first quarter. Banija faced a 2nd and 12 from the 35 yard line, and as always, we put the ball into the hands of our esteemed Quarterback, Ice Chineze. With pressure coming from Delaclav linebacker Jesse Rhine, however, Chineze had to let go of the ball a little bit too early. And he paid the price. THe pressure forced the throw to sail, and Delaclav CB Luke Massett was right there to make the interception. He made the leaping interception, and was brought down by Chinweuba Jelan at the Banijan 48. Delaclava would take full advantage of the turnover, moving the ball into the red zone. And they took full advantage then, with Taurus Wright running the option, keeping the football, and getting into the end zone from 12 yards out for a touchdown. First strike to the Phoenixes, as they took a 7-0 lead.

But Chineze would not be cowed because he threw an interception. "They always say, as a QB, I need a short memory." Chineze told us reporters after the game. "I just put the interception behind me, and just started slinging." The offensive coordinator gave him a couple of quick out routes to get his confidence back, and Banija went down the field. On a 1st and 10 at the Delaclav 33, early in Q2, Chineze absolutely threaded the ball between the needle. Escaping pressure and rolling left, he threw an absolute gorgeous ball to Kalu Alazar, who was in the slot and simply outran the safety help. The KCU grad made a diving catch in the end zone, and all of a sudden, it was a tie ball game. Chineze's "HELL [redacted] YEAH!" scream after the touchdown pass was picked up clearly by Banijan TV cameras, and echoed the energy that Banijans in the building, and Banijans who were simply watching from home, were feeling about the throw.

Tie ballgame, anybody's got a chance. That's when the defenses really start getting to work, forcing more punts from either side. The next big play happened around the 6 minute mark in the half. First play from scrimmage after a touchback, the Phoenixes have called a designed run for their QB, Taurus Wright. He goes up the middle, where there seems to be a hole. But just as he hits this hole, who else hits it? None other than Isaiah Bryce himself, the former absolute beast at Middle linebacker, the 37 year old who's here for his last ride. Bryce, coming in like a missile, lights him up, and the ball comes out. Essa Marong, our nose tackle, falls onto the football at the Delaclav 23 yard line, and it seems as if that was a huge play. Another chance for easy points- at least 3, probably 6, right? Unfortunately, you would be wrong. While the Banijans went 3 and out and were forced to kick, Komani Achaje continued his general tournament struggles by pushing the ball, wide right, from just 35 yards out. A hugely disappointing effort in a chance to tie the game.

When both teams went three and out on their next drives, that gave Delaclava the ball with just over 90 seconds left, and the length of the field to drive. They did just that, getting all the way down to the Banijan 32, calling a timeout with 2 seconds left on the clock. Their own chance to take the lead right at halftime, right? But while the snap was good and the hold was good, the blocking wasn't. Sajo Biri timed the snap perfectly, and he burst through the middle of the line, as it seemingly parted like the Red Sea for him. The 6'4 tackle burst through the line, leaped, and blocked the kick. It went right back to the holder, who was immediately tackled to end the half. A huge special teams play for the Serpent Eagles, to keep the game tied at 7-7.

"This is a hell of a contest that we've got going on right now." Thomas Hall, Banija's Head Coach, told the reporters going into halftime. "We're going punch for punch with them. This is gonna be a game that comes down to the very end. And low and behold- we're gonna make sure, in the second half, we put our boys in position to make the plays necessary so we can go to Ranoria City." And that is what happened. Delaclava went three and out on their opening drive, and they punted. A quality return by Chinweuba Jelan got us to our own 37 yard line. And he would feature on the very next play. A simple out route for a 10 yard gain, right? But no. Jelan caught the ball, stopped perfectly, and juked past Luke Massett. And he was off to the races. He was pushed out of bounds by Delaclav free safety Tate Parker, but not until he had picked up 25 more yards after the catch. The play was the biggest of the day for both teams, the 35 yard catch and run by Chinweuba Jelan. The drive stalled there, unfortunately, but Komani Achaje just barely snuck his 43 yard field goal attempt between the uprights. He's gonna give one of us a heart attack, eh? But all field goals count the same, ultimately- which gave Banija a 10-7 lead with over 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

Taurus Wright tried to respond with a touchdown drive of his own in the third quarter. They got a couple of first downs. But once again, it would be the Banijan defense making the key play. With a 1st and 10 at their own 45, Wright tried to throw a quick inside slant to Charlie Coffin. Unfortunately, Makang Secka was ready for it. He recognized the play and jumped the route, making the interception right as he was tackled at the Delaclav 47 yard line. Banija's second forced turnover of the game, another takeaway from Wright. Banija had scored on their last possesion, and had now forced a turnover. All the momentum. We'd go for it all now, right? The kill shot? We did exactly that, as our first play from scrimmage, we had Lafi Senghore running a streak, in single coverage, down the Delaclav sideline towards the end zone. Their free safety, Tate Parker, was in single coverage against the WR, but he made a brilliant diving pass breakup that saved 6 points for Banija. Despite missing the touchdown, we got a couple of first downs on the drive, giving Komani Achaje a chance to double our lead from 3 to 6. But for the second time on the day, Achaje missed, this time pulling the 42 yard field goal attempt wide left. Just 1/3 on the field goals, leaving 6 points on the field, and Banija still had a slim lead of 10-7.

on the penultimate play of the 3rd quarter, the Delaclav defense made what many thought would be the play of the game. On a halfback toss, Delaclav DT Prince Rose burst through the line of scrimmage, hit Sello, and simply punched the football out. When Delaclav MLB Vagner Dias landed on the ball at the Banijan 42, advantage to Delaclava, right? A low-scoring game, and the Phoenixes starting on the plus side of the 50. With Taurus Wright getting the football, it was their time, right? "I knew, in that situation, entering the fourth quarter- it was time for our defense to either put up or shut up." Thomas Hall told reporters in the post-game. "High-stakes situation, we're trying to win a world title- ain't nothing gonna be easy. They get this crazy good field position, it's on us to find a way, not let them score a touchdown, don't give them the momentum and giving ourselves a fighting chance."

The Banijan defense gave themselves more than a fighting chance- they made the play of the game. Once the Phoenixes had gotten down to the 26 yard line, they had a first and 10. Running crossing routes, Wright passed the ball to his WR, Andre Michel, who slipped a Banijan tackle, scampered for a first down, and more. But as he tried to spin past Koman Tabor, the Cold Hill graduate's fist went flying, straight to the football. A perfectly executed punch out, forcing the fumble at the Banijan 13 yard line. Banijan FS Ozioma Mazzi was first to the football, diving on it at the 11 yard line. Delaclava's best chance to take the lead, lying on the ground. Banija's third forced turnover of the day. And despite being backed up at our own 11 yard line, we did what we had to do on offense. 6 minutes later, Ifeatu Chineze was lofting a touchdown pass to Tight End Corban Aoko, as with 7:14 left in regulation, we made our lead a two possession lead, 17-7. That, of course, was Aoko's just fourth reception of the entire tournament, and first since Week 7, our third game against Bongo Johnson. What a moment for your first catch in 5 weeks, right?

Our defense would step up to make one more play and, well, we'll just give you the radio transcript for that.

Banijan Radio Announcers wrote:Play-By-Play Commentator: There's 2:50 left in this game, and Delaclava have a first and 10 at the Banijan 27, with all three timeouts. Remember, Banija lead 17-7, but the Phoenixes are driving. An opportunity to score a touchdown for them here and either attempt an onside kick, or really go for it, right? Taurus Wright demands the football, and gets it. He drops back as the Banijans bring pressure. He rolls right to avoid Birom Ogunsola, sees Charlie Coffin in the end zone, throws it and... HE'S PICKED OFF! HE'S PICKED OFF! INTERCEPTION! A DIVING INTERCEPTION BY OUR NICKEL BACK, AYAX KOWTAME, IN THE END ZONE! THE REFEREE SIGNALS FOR A TOUCHBACK!

Color Commentator, Singing: Kowtame! Kowtame! We love you! WE'RE GOING TO RANORIA CITY!

Play-By-Play Commentator: The Banijans are celebrating! Ayax Kowtame runs up to the field goal post and dunks the ball on the crossbar- ope, he's gonna get an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty for that one. But who cares! What a play, what a diving interception. Hell of a job of getting both feet down! Ayax Kowtame has just intercepted all-world QB Taurus Wright in the end zone, and has put the Banijans on the brink of our first World Bowl Final in 12 years!


Despite their timeouts, the Banijan offense was too ready. Kuenda Sello had an 11 yard run for a first down on the first play of the next drive, which took us down to the two minute warning. On the next series of downs, 3 and 4 yard gains by Sello. 3rd and 3, 1:49 left, 1 timeout remaining for Delaclava. There's trust in Ice Chineze- and the Banijans went to the air. A play-action rollout, where Chineze found Lafi Senghore for a 7 yard gain, on his only reception of the game, and a first down. Senghore made sure to get tackled in-bounds, and that was game, set, and match, as we went to the victory formation. A 17-7 Semifinal victory on the backs of our defense, who forced a stunning four turnovers in a semifinals to reach this point.

"I TOLD YOU!" Thomas Hall, nearly yelling into the microphone, told the sideline reporter on the field after the game as the Banijans were celebrating. "This defense would step up when we needed them to, and hell- they did so in the biggest way possible! Four turnovers. A forced fumble inside our own 15 yard line. An absolute masterclass. They tell me our team isn't complete, well- I'd like to submit this game as evidence. We're going to Ranoria City, and doggone it, we're going to be absolutely ready for the World Bowl XLIV Final." A brilliant performance by a defense that not many have paid attention to, has put the Banijan winning streak to 11 games at this tournament, and has put them in the World Bowl XLIV Final.

We will preview that one in-depth in tomorrow's edition of that magazine, that much is for sure. But celebrate this victory! Eliminating a huge rival in the knockout stages, to go to the Final, is quite an accomplishment. We'll see you in Ranoria City, eh?

#1 Banija v. #2 Delaclava Game Summary- Turnovers and Scores

Game played at Elephant Field in Elephant Valley, South Newlandia. Sellout crowd of 15,400.

First Quarter
07:44 BNJ INT- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze pass is INTERCEPTED by Delaclav CB Luke Mussett, who is brought down at the Banijan 48 yard line.
03:11 DEL TD- Delaclav QB Taurus Wright runs keeper on an option, and runs 12 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good. (0-7 Delaclava)

Second Quarter
14:10 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze throws 33 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Kalu Alazar. PAT is good. (7-7)
05:57 DEL FUM- Delaclav QB Taurus Wright is hit by Banijan MLB Isaiah Bryce and FUMBLES, recovered by Banijan DT Essa Marong at the Delaclav 23 yard line. (7-7)
04:12 BNJ MISSED FG- Banijan K Komani Achaje 35 yard field goal attempt is WIDE RIGHT. No good. (7-7)
00:00 DEL MISSED FG- Delaclav K Kieran Conley 49 yard field goal attempt is BLOCKED by Banijan DT Sajo Biri, recovered by the Delaclav holder as the half ends. (7-7)

Third Quarter
10:04 BNJ FG- Banijan K Komani Achaje hits 43 yard field goal. (10-7 Banija)
07:44 DEL INT- Delaclav QB Taurus Wright pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan CB Makang Secka, who is tackled at the Delaclav 47 yard line. (10-7 Banija)
03:58 BNJ MISSED FG- Banijan K Komani Achaje 42 yard field goal attempt is WIDE LEFT. No good. (10-7 Banija)
00:04 BNJ FUM- Banijan HB Kuenda Sello is hit by Delaclav DT Prince Rose and FUMBLES, which is recovered by Delaclav MLB Vagner Dias at the Banijan 42 yard line. (10-7 Banija)

Fourth Quarter
13:24 DEL FUM- Delaclav QB Taurus Wright pass is completed to WR Andre Michel at the Banijan 13 yard line, who is hit by Banijan CB Koman Tabor and FUMBLES, which is recovered by Banijan FS Ozioma Mazzi at the Banijan 11 yard line. (10-7 Banija)
07:14 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze throws a 14 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to Backup TE Corban Aoko. PAT is good. (17-7 Banija)
02:33 DEL INT- Delaclav QB Taurus Wright pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan CB Ayax Kowtame in the end zone for a touchback. Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty earned for excessive celebration. (17-7 Banija)

Banija WINS 17-7

Offensive Statistical Leaders
Banija
Passing
BNJ- QB Ifeatu Chineze. 21/34, 241 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.

Rushing
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 22 carries, 84 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 fumble lost.
BNJ- RB Christopher Isto. 7 carries, 22 yards.

Receiving
BNJ- WR Chinweuba Jelan. 8 catches, 95 yards.
BNJ- WR Lamin Kah. 4 catches, 37 yards.
BNJ- WR Kalu Alazar. 6 catches, 77 yards, 1 touchdown.
BNJ- WR Lafi Senghore. 1 catch, 7 yards.
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 2 catches, 12 yards.
BNJ- TE Corban Aoko. 1 catch, 14 yards, 1 touchdown.
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Postby Ranoria » Fri May 27, 2022 5:29 pm

Everyone, thank you for all the high quality RPs - first tournament I've hosted and you all made it fantastic. Thanks to SNL in particular for holding my hand when I needed it and pointing me in the right direction throughout.

And here's the final! Congrats to both of you, you did awesome.


World Bowl XLIV Final

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Banijan MLB Isaiah Bryce, standing with his head coach, shortly after Ko-oren gets the ball back with under 2 minutes left


Thomas Hall had taken a huge gamble- and seemingly, had lost. With just under 2 minutes left in the contest, and Ko-oren having no timeouts, the Banijans had been faced with a 4th and 2 at the Dragonflies 42 yard line. They had used their final timeout after the previous third down, of course, where Chineze had gained 5 yards on a QB scramble. Thomas Hall knew that the safe move would be to punt the football. Hell, his own special teams coach had made it clear to him. "Worst comes to absolute worst, they have 80 yards to drive the length of the field, and no timeouts. If our punter can actually successfully pin them, the chances of them having to drive 90 yards or more are actually quite high."

There was logic to the argument. Pin them as deep as possible, but give your defense a chance. But Thomas Hall knew that he had the best offense in the tournament. He didn't like the idea of giving the football up. And with a backfield led by Kuenda Sello, he liked his chances of getting 2 yards. Ko-oren starting from inside their own 10, with no timeouts, and trying to get in field goal range with over 90 seconds left? Absolutely a difficult task. Those chances go up astronomically if they are at their own 42, only needing about 35 yards or so to get within field goal range of their kicker. But ultimately, Hall felt as if one chance to get two yards, to just go into the victory formation and win the World Bowl, was too much of a chance to pass up.

And so, he went for it. Two tight ends in the game, no FB, two WRs split out wide. He ran a toss and tried to get the edge, but couldn't. Ko-orenite linebacker Edward Darknoll had burst through the line and hit Sello in the backfield, who was honestly fortunate to even reach the line of scrimmage. And then, of course, coming straight out of that timeout, Ko-oren's offense was hot in pursuit of their fifth world title. Bryce was on the sideline when the D came in, he had long reached his limited snap count. MLBs at 37 years old can't be every down players. Bryce felt the soreness. But the first play went terribly. Arerira found Giles Costigan on a crossing route. He had originally looked like he was going to step out of bounds after getting seven yards, but he spun out a Banijan defender and got 6 more, including a first down, and not going down until the Banijan 45. The Dragonflies hurried to the line of scrimmage.

Hall was frustrated, until he saw a mismatch. The Banijan defense seemed lost- for some reason, MLB Demba Diouf was lined up across slot receiver Giles Costigan, in a man to man defense. "FUCKING HELL- TIMEOUT! TIMEOUT!" Thomas Hall yelled, in full sprint at the sideline referee. It was a slight miracle he didn't run the referee over. "WHY WAS DIOUF ON A SLOT RECEIVER!" And Hall was lighting up his defense- and then, suddenly stopped. "Look, everybody." He said more calmly. "We must be on the same page. We've got a shot to win the fucking World Bowl. It's time to do so." That's when Bryce walked up to Coach.

"Coach, I'll come in for this drive." Bryce said. Hall asked if he was possibly ready, considering he was already well over snap count. "Look- we're gonna come out here, and get a fucking title, so somebody find my damn helmet." One of the trainers ran over with Bryce's helmet, and Bryce went into the game. As Ko-oren's lined up with 4 WRs, both near bunches, Bryce started calling for an adjustment. "KILL! KILL! REVERSE!" Bryce yelled. Defensive audible- Secka was going to blitz, alongside Isaiah Bryce. As the ball was snapped, Makang Secka flew off the line of scrimmage, and hit the Quarterback from behind, punching the football out. Bryce saw it pop onto the ground, and leaped on the football.

"WE WON! WE WON! IT'S OURS!" Bryce yelled as he emerged from the pile with the football. He handed the ball to the referee, with tears in his eyes. His last ever national team game, a world champion.

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Banija finally breaks through, as we clinch our first ever World Bowl championship at our archrival's national stadium

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Banijan MLB Isaiah Bryce celebrates after making the decisive fumble recovery to win the World Bowl XLIV Final with under 2 minutes left in the contest


RANORIA CITY, RANORIA- Enough with the small stadiums, eh? After leaving the small venues, there was plenty of Banijan ticket demand for the World Bowl Final. The Banijan Airlines Association estimate nearly 100,000 Banijans made the trip to Ranoria City- of course, the stadium was split half and half, as one would expect. The Banijan allocation sold out within 15 minutes, Banijans bid pretty high online to buy tickets reserved for locals, and then you had around 40,000 or so Banijans just hanging around Ranoria City, hanging out in the fan zones, just trying to be part of the energy as we hopefully win our first world title. Ifeatu Chineze talked about the fans and their impact in Ranoria City. "Look- I love Banijan fans, I always have." Chineze told reporters. "The energy and the force to which we showed up in Ranoria City, fantastic. Wherever we went, for like 2 full days, there were groups of Banijans, wearing our jerseys, with our flag, just singing and dancing. No nerves- it was like one big party."

Thomas Hall, our Ranorian Head Coach, talked about the history of the moment, and the beauty of the venue. "Look, the Karmin-Falce Superdome is truly one of the wonders of the gridiron world. One of the best stadiums around, regardless of country. I've been in a few championship games here- as a defensive back in my RFL days, as a head coach in the RFL, and now, here in the World Bowl. And now, we're here in one of the sport's greatest stadiums, to win the sport's greatest title- a World Bowl championship. Nothing is guaranteed, nothing is promised in this sport. We went to the final at World Bowl XL, and it took us 4 editions to return to this game. Ranoria won two in a row, and went out in the Round of 16 on home soil. These are the moments that you cannot simply let pass you by. You never know when you'll have another chance at winning one. We've got to embrace this moment, and then, take advantage of it fully."

It is the difference, ultimately, between two fundamentally opposite styles of team-building. There is no more drastic contrast, at this tournament, than these two teams. Ko-oren, the ultimate 'defense wins championships' type of team, type of country- in all sports. And they've undeniably had all sorts of success with that. Their four World Bowl championships are third most all-time, and this is their seventh appearance in the World Bowl Final- tied for most all-time, alongside the Allamunnic States. And look at them in this knockout stages. Outscoring their three opponents so far, by a combined score of 83-7. Against this Serpent Eagles team. Out here lighting up scoreboards. We didn't have a game where we scored less than 30 points until the semifinal. The only points they've allowed in their last three games are a garbage time touchdown by HUElavia in the Round of 16.

So when the game kicked off, it was all about that strength v. strength matchup- Banija's offense against Ko-oren's defense. Could the Ko-orenite defense put a lid on the Serpent Eagles, even if they haven't conceded even a single point in the last 8 quarters? In the early going, it was not about just the Dragonflies defense- but the unheralded Banijan defense was also playing fairly well. But it would be the Ko-orenite defense that would make the first big play of the game. After forcing a punt, the Banijans had our third possesion of the game starting at our own 26 yard line. We wanted to stretch things out, throwing a WR middle screen to Chinweuba Jelan. Put our playmakers in space, with a chance to make a play, right? But their defense was on top of it. Boaz Avink backed up and hit Jelan, popping the football out. When Defensive end Jon Mulders recovered the football at the 27 yard line, the Dragonflies were in business. Especially after their first play from scrimmage, at that point, was a 10 yard carry by RB Alastair Thorebourne.

With Alerira starting, Ko-oren's offense was mostly focused on ground and pound- a nominally good decision, considering the weaknesses of Banija's front 7. But after that first down, our front 7 stepped up. Thorebourne stuffed for no gain on first down, and then Galway ran for four yards on second down. On 3rd and 6 from the 13, they tried to run a WR reverse with Giles Costigan, but Banijan's defense read it, and Isaiah Bryce stuffed him for a 1 yard gain. Think, we escape the turnover by just allowing 3 points? But even better- on the field goal attempt, Koman Tabor got a fantastic jump from the edge, and dove to block the field goal attempt! Our DT, Sajo Biri, recovered the football after the block, ensuring the game stayed tied, at nothing-nothing.

But with both defenses otherwise dominating, there wasn't much happening- until the Dragonflies defense made an even larger play. It was a third and 4 for Banija, at the Ko-oren 49 yard line. We ran a curl route for Lafi Senghore, to come back and catch the football right at the sticks. But they disguised their defense masterfully, showing man to man but actually playing zone. Ko-orenite CB Aelithage Ecaliris saw where the ball was going, and as he was playing the shallow zone, he stepped up right in front of Senghore. Chineze never saw him as Ecaliris picked off the football. He then went, with a convoy of blockers, and ran down the sideline all the way to the end zone for 6 points, the first touchdown of this final. Chineze smacked his hands together in frustration as the Dragonflies defense celebrated in the end zone. A team defined by its defense, with their opening score via a pick six? Stunning. They, of course, drilled the extra point to give their squad a 7-0 lead.

The Dragonflies defense was high-flying at this point. And now, after forcing another punt, Ko-oren had a chance to go for the kill, to really put us on our heels. Their run game was finally starting to wear ours down, and they got the first long drive of the game for either team. Starting at their own 18, they drove into the Banijan red zone basically entirely with plays on the ground. With Alastair Thorebourne and Spencer Galway spelling each other on the drive, it seemed as if Ko-oren would surely score another touchdown to really put the pressure on Banija. A 14 point deficit is not ideal against anybody, but it is especially not ideal against the one nation that literally defines what an elite defense means. A 15 yard run by Spencer Galway gave the Dragonflies a first and goal at the Banijan 7, and they looked to put the ball into the end zone. However, with our backs against the wall, our defense, once again, stepped up.

Thorbourne stuffed for no gain on first down. They ran a play-action with Alerira, but he was sacked by Birom Ogunsola for a 5 yard loss on second down. Now, third and goal from the 12. They spread it out, and attack the end zone. However, with 35 year old veteran Aolif Arerira under pressure, he overthrew his target, Egge Gasbeek, as Banijan FS Ozioma Mazzi caught the ball in the end zone, got two feet down, and then ran out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. An absolutely massive play to keep it a one score game before half. "Our defense stepped up, big time, in this half." Thomas Hall told reporters at halftime. "We had our backs seriously against the wall, twice- this game could be 21-0, and if you're down 21-0 against a squad like Ko-oren, well, that might as well be all she wrote. But making the biggest possible plays in those huge moments- even in the first half, those are potentially decisive moments. We've got to come out big in the second half- holding them to 0-for-2 in the red zone in the first half might be the decisive statistic of this first game."

And in the second half, they did. Banija's offense ran exactly one play in Ko-orenite territory in the first half, and threw a 55 yard pick-six on the play. But more strength on strength, Banijan passing v. Ko-orenite secondary, went Banija's way in the second half. After forcing a Ko-orenite punt after their opening drive, we spread the ball out and got our receivers the ball, in space, with some creativity. Switching players in the slot, we even lined up Jelan at the TE spot and Kalu Alazar at the RB spot. Anything to get our players space, and it worked. We drove down the length of the field, finishing the drive with Chineze throwing a 7 yard touchdown pass to our superstar WR, Chinweuba Jelan. PAT knocked straight through the uprights, and the game was tied at 7-7. A few drives later, the Banijans had yet another opportunity. Sparked by a 35 yard gain from Lamin Kah on what had been a simple out route, the Banijans had a chance to take their first lead of the game.

But when we attempted a 45 yard field goal, disaster happened. Our kicker, Komani Achaje, pulled his hamstring as he was winding up to kick the ball, very clearly on the television screen. He grabbed his hammy, and the ball landed at about the 5 yard line. Another wrench thrown into this final- a tie game going into the fourth quarter, and suddenly, we're down our kicker? That certainly changes our approach to things. That effected things on our very next drive. Ko-oren responded to the missed field goal by getting two first downs, then being stuffed, and punting the ball through the end zone for a touchback. Banija started getting big plays in chunks, until we got to the 24 yard line. Faced with a 3rd and 3, we knew that we absolutely needed a first down, since we lacked a kicker. In a 7-7 game, Ko-oren would bring pressure, and we went the exact opposite- ran a screen. Executed nearly perfectly. Sello started blocking and then peeled off, he got the ball, and all he had in front of him were a pair of offensive linemen. Nobody on the Dragonflies defense got close to him, as he galloped 24 yards to dive into the end zone.

R-U grad to R-U grad. Banija leads, 13-7. Without our kicker, we go for 2, but Chineze is forced to throw it away. Would that change how the game would end? Maybe. Now that this was scored, Ko-oren still had plenty of time for their preferred offense, to ground and pound, which is exactly what they did. Long, methodical drive- 12 plays, only one pass(for 7 yards and a first down on a 3rd and 3). They had gotten down to our 12 yard line, after a 9 yard run on 1st and 10 from Spencer Galway. But once more, our D stepped up. 2nd and 1? Alerira try to catch us with the hard pump fake, and throw to the end zone. But even in single coverage, this defense was ready, as Ayax Kowtame was all over their primary wideout, Giles Costigan, and knocked the football away. Looking like 4 down territory, right? Especially since Banija cannot kick field goals. But our defense steps up, once again. They run a toss to Thorbourne on 3rd and 1, but our DT, Essa Marong, bursts through the line of scrimmage to wrap him up in the backfield for a three yard loss. No longer four down territory anymore, as they face 4th and 4 from the Banijan 15. Even with under 5 minutes, he's got to trust his defense- and to be fair, if you coach the Dragonflies, that's a decent bet to make. Bennett pops the short field goal through the uprights, and the game is now 13-10, with 4:44 left.

Banija's ground attack took us down to our next high-leverage moment. We got a few first downs, and they used their timeouts. It took us to a 3rd and 7, with 1:55 left, after the two minute warning, at their 47 yard line. They only had 1 timeout left. Hall trusts Chineze, of course, and so he called a pass play. With nothing there, the normally slow footed Chineze was able to scramble for 5 yards before he was brought down. Ko-oren used their final timeout, as we had a 4th and 2 from the Ko-oren 42. Punt, or go? Another high-leverage moment. Thomas Hall bet on his offense, and defended his decision after the game. "They had no timeouts left- if you told me before the game that we had one chance to gain two yards and win the freaking World Bowl, I would take those odds all day long." So he rolled the dice, took the gamble, and lost. Sello was stuffed at the line of scrimmage by Ko-orenite linebacker Edward Darknoll, to force the turnover on downs.

That gave the Dragonflies life. Aloif Alerira hit Giles Costigan for a 13 yard gain, and after that, we called a timeout after seeing a mis-match on defense. But then, unheralded all tournament, called game. Makang Secka came in hot with the CB blitz and hit Alerira, who fumbled. It was our blitzing veteran middle linebacker, Isaiah Bryce, who recovered the football to clinch the turnover, and the world title. From there? Victory Formation. And after that? The words Banijan gridiron fans have longed to say.

In the illustrious words of Ifeatu Chineze... "WE'RE THE WORLD CHAMPS BABY!" And it felt so good to say that- Finally. All the suffering. The three semifinal losses in a row. Those embarassing World Bowl performances on home soil. The World Bowl XL Final loss to Cassadaigua. All of that has led to this moment, and for Banijan gridiron fans everywhere, that sack and fumble was absolutely a glorious moment. The tears, the joy, the energy. Madness. And when the parades start at home, everyone will point to this moment- the greatest moment in Banijan gridiron history.

#1 Banija v. #1 Ko-oren Game Summary- Turnovers and Scores

Game played at the Karmin-Falce Superdome in Ranoria City, Ranoria. Sellout crowd of 121,450.

First Quarter
03:22 BNJ FUM- Banijan WR Chinweuba Jelan catches screen pass, is hit by Ko-orenite RD Boaz Avink and FUMBLES, recovered by Ko-orenite RE Jon Mulders at the Banijan 27 yard line. (0-0)
00:45 KOR MISSED FG- Ko-orenite K Abner Bennett 29 yard field goal attempt BLOCKED by Banijan CB Koman Tabor, recovered by Banijan DT Sajo Biri at the Banijan 15 yard line. (0-0)

Second Quarter
08:04 BNJ INT- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze is INTERCEPTED by Ko-orenite CB Aelithage Ecaliris, returned 55 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (0-7 Ko-oren)
03:11 KOR INT- KOR QB Aolif Arerira pass is INTERCEPTED by Banijan FS Ozioma Mazzi in the end zone for a touchback. (0-7 Ko-oren)

Third Quarter
09:03 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze throws a 7 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Chinweuba Jelan. PAT is good (7-7)
01:11 BNJ MISSED FG- Banijan K Komani Achaje misses 45 yard field goal attempt, pulls hamstring on the effort which is well short. (7-7)

Fourth Quarter
10:13 BNJ TD- Banijan QB Ifeatu Chineze throws a 24 yard TOUCHDOWN Pass to HB Kuenda Sello. 2 point conversion attempt is failed as Chineze throws the ball away into the first row. (13-7 Banija)
04:44 KOR FG- Ko-orenite K Abner Bennett hits 32 yard field goal. (13-10 Banija)
01:42 BNJ TO ON DOWNS- On 4th and 2 from Ko-oren 42, Kuenda Sello carry stuffed for no gain at the line of scrimmage. Turnover on Downs. (13-10 Banija)
01:21 KOR FUM- KOR QB Aolif Arerira is sacked by Banijan CB Makang Secka and FUMBLES, recovered by Banijan MLB Isaiah Bryce at the Banijan 49 yard line. (13-10 Banija)

Banija WINS 13-10

Offensive Statistical Leaders
Banija
Passing
BNJ- QB Ifeatu Chineze. 18/28, 211 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.

Rushing
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 19 carries, 79 yards.
BNJ- RB Christopher Isto. 4 carries, 9 yards.

Receiving
BNJ- WR Chinweuba Jelan. 3 catches, 37 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost.
BNJ- WR Lamin Kah. 5 catches, 83 yards.
BNJ- WR Kalu Alazar. 6 catches, 64 yards.
BNJ- WR Lafi Senghore. 3 catches, 26 yards.
BNJ- RB Kuenda Sello. 1 catch, 24 yards, 1 touchdown.
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