Radil, Kowal Heroics Spark Eagles Comeback Win

Coming into week 6 of the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Flag Football Sr. Division, both the (6-0) Eagles and the (2-5) Chargers have shown solid offensive skills but the hard-nosed Eagles’ defense has been the key to their (6-0) start. Going up 6-0 on a Jacob Kowal 30 yard TD catch, the Eagles started fast. Equaling the Eagles’ pace, the Chargers’ Ryan Ballance tied the bout at 6-6 with a full court TD grab but on their two point try the Eagles’ “D” kicked in as Matt Miceli picked off the P.A.T. and raced goal to goal making it 8-6 , Eagles. Staying with their air attack, the Chargers built a 20-8 advantage with TD passes to Ryan Ballance and Chris Ballance with Tristen Johnson and Ryan Ballance tacking on the extra points. Also keying the Chargers’ surge was a half court “pick” by Ryan Ballance. Getting all they could handle from the iron willed Chargers, the Eagles started to chip away as Drew Radil reeled in a TD toss followed by a two point dart from Miceli to Kowal. Down 20-16, the Eagles “D” once again stepped up to force a two point safety making it 20-18, Chargers. Playing bombs- away, the Chargers fired back with a coast to coast howitzer from QB Tristen Johnson to Ryan Ballance and after a two point pass to Ballance the Chargers’ lead increased to 28-18. Looking to retake the lead, the Eagles hit on two goal to goal TD strikes to Kowal and Radil with Miceli adding both two point conversions putting the Chargers up 34-28. With the Chargers’ “D” struggling, the Eagles pounced again as Kowal pulled in another TD with Drew Radils’ two point, tight rope catch making it 42-28, Eagles. Clawing back, the Chargers’ running game perked up with a Tristen Johnson TD and a Ryan Ballance two point sweep. Up 42-36, the Eagles’ Jacob Kowal gave his squad some breathing room at 48-36 with another zone to zone TD catch. Gearing up for a stretch run, the Chargers scored quickly on a long-TD pass to Ryan Ballance followed by a two point run by Johnson making it 48-44 with 1:02 remaining. Needing a strong drive to seal the win, the Eagles turned to the Taylor brothers, Damon and Da’mien, and Nicholas DePinto to keep the Chargers’ “D” in check and escape with a 48-44 win.

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