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KINGS PLANT FLAG IN MIDSOUTH DIVISION

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New Orlea11800339_464850437019561_6543585156262377279_nns, LA – The Crescent City Kings and the Memphis Blast played four of the most exciting quarters of football this GDFL season. With the division championship on the line, the two GDFL heavyweights traded blows in an all-out rumble. The showdown was set up by a surprising Kings loss last week to the Georgia Crush, which left Memphis with a shot at the division crown. The Blast showed up in Behrman stadium seeking revenge and redemption.

 

The first half was a track meet and the scoring came early and often. The Blast got it started early utilizing a creative rushing attack from their QB Cam Gotti. Not to be outdone, Kings QB Melvin Davis, engineered a scoring drive to pull the game even at seven on a TD pass to TE Warren Matthews. Momentum swung towards the Kings after WR Jeffery Hampton (remember that name) delivered a crushing hit on the ensuing kickoff dislodging the ball from the Blast returner and nearly the field. The Kings cashed in on the turnover and Melvin Davis scampered in for a 9 yd. TD. Trailing 14-6, the Blast had an answer of their own marching down the field to tie the score at 14.

The second quarter was much like the first, in that, the Blast again struck first. What happened next was frightening for Kings fans, as the Blast recovered a surprise onside kick and drove right through the Kings defense to pull ahead 28-14. Dizzied by the second quarter happenings, it was Davis who righted the Kings ship. Davis used his legs and arm to move the offensive unit into scoring position. At just the right time, he found RB Derek Williams all alone for a much-needed TD, cutting the Blast lead to 28-22. After a defensive stop, Davis again put on his engineers cap. This time navigating the Blast defense as well as the clock, he positioned the Kings for points before the half. Head Coach Frederick Washington made the call to try a 27 yd. FG before time expired. Jeffery Hampton (yep, the same one from earlier) made good on the call, bringing the Kings to within three.

The third quarter was marked by great defense a few game changing plays. After surrendering more points in a half than they had in a game all season. The Kings defense rose to slow the Blast in the second half. Leading the way was safety Terrence Charles with 10 total tackles and a half-sack for the game.  A high snap over the head of the Blast punter set the Kings up in scoring territory. Davis, flashing his arm talent, found WR Akeem Davis, no relation, in the back of the endzone for a TD and the lead. The extra point provided the next game changer. With a slim 31-28 lead in hand, a bad snap threatened to doom the PAT but Jeffery Hampton(yep that guy again) scooped up the loose ball and dived across the goal line for two points and a four point Kings lead.

 

The fourth quarter started with the Kings leading 32-28, the Blast needed a TD to take the lead. They got just that, after a pass interference penalty moved them 40 yard

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s downfield in the red zone, the Blast scored on a perfectly executed slant pass to take a 34-32 lead with about four minutes remaining in the game. Four minutes, all that stood between the Memphis Blast and another division title and the Kings having a lot of questions needing answers.

 

The Kings faced a similar situation in Macon, GA and came up short. Not on this night. Melvin Davis orchestrated a beautiful drive finding creases in the defense for running and open receivers for passing. Leading WR on the night Eben Barra, 6 rec. 129 yards, made the final catch to put the Kings in scoring position. However, a holding penalty backed the Kings up to the 30 yard line. Coach Washington, with unwavering confidence, called for the offense to run the ball and let the kicker win the game. Like the words of a prophet, it happened just like that. Jeffery Hampton drilled a 30 yard FG straight and true, with 31 seconds left, to elevate the Crescent City Kings to GDFL Midsouth Division Champions.

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