Benson, Baez help Jets hand Colts’ first loss

Things have been heating up as the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Flag Football Jr. Division heads into the home stretch of their 2016 season. At (10-0) the Colts took to the court to face the surging (3-6) Jets for one last time in the regular season. Battling right out of gate, the Colts and Jets stayed toe to toe finding themselves knotted at 24-24 going into halftime. Seesawing back and forth as Anthony Baez (2 TDs, 2 expts), Jack Kruchkowski (4 expts), and Christian Benson (1 TD) hit paydirt for the Jets while the Colts racked up points with Mariam Rasslan (1 TD, 4 expts) and Aaliyana Cifuentes (2 TDs, 2 expts) leading the way. Mixing their passing attack and their running game, the Jets started to pull away with a TD toss to Kruchkowski a 15 yard TD jaunt by Benson and a two point dart to Aviv Talmor. Trailing 38-24, the Colts fired back to tie the bout at 38-38 with TDs by Cifuentes and Rasslan with Cifuentes also adding a two point catch. Not content with just a good showing, the Jets refueled and made it 52-38 with Baez and Benson notching TDs while Kruchkowski reeled in a sliding two pointer. With their backs to the wall, the Colts unleashed a 30 yard TD bomb to Cifuentes followed by a two point pass to Rasslan making it 52-46, Jets. Needing a big defensive stand, the Colts’ Toni Rivada and speedster Alina Danelyants came up with two huge stops to force a third and long for the Jets. Turning to their iron willed captain the Jets got the game clinching effort they needed as Benson sprinted 20 yards to the endzone before Aviv Talmor iced the Jets 60-46 victory by hauling in the two point conversion.

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