Osos Rivas and Las Rozas Black Demons stage huge upheavals and usher in a new era
Las Rozas Black Demons RB Daniel Romero #7 scored two 2nd half touchdowns in his side’s 37-14 win over the Barbera Rookies Photo: Lola Morales
the Spanish National American Football League the semi-finals produced a pair of upsets and the promise of an all-new champion in 2022.
During a major change of power in Spain, Osos Rivas from Madrid ran their nine-game unbeaten streak after trampling on the defender Spanish champions, the Badalona Dracs, in the semi-finals whipping them 39-7, ending the Dragoons hope of winning a sixth consecutive title. In the other semi-final, the Black Demons of Las Rozas exploded for four touchdowns in the second half, three in the final period, to reduce the Barbera’s recruits 37-14.
For the first time since 2012, the Spanish the final will be played without Badalona Drac. Ironically, they will be replaced by the team they defeated in that 2012 league game, Osos Rivas, who will make his first appearance in the title match for the first time since that match.
Osos Rivas 39 – Badalona Dracs 7
Osos Rivas made short work of the former champions scoring four touchdowns in the first half with quarterback Sergio Barbero throwing three in the first half after running back Denzel Duchenne’s opening score on the Madrid the team’s first possession. Barbero then linked up with David Girón of Nicaragua to extend the lead to 14-0. Álvaro Guitián was the next recipient of The barber passing prowess making an exceptional one-handed grip to add even more to the lead, 20-0. Giron struck again just before the break, giving Osos an almost insurmountable 27-0 lead
Dragoons quarterback Sergi Gonzalo showed his composure early in the third quarter, finding young David Martinez to put on Badalona on the board and cut the lead to 27-7. But Duchenne responded late in the period with another rushing touchdown to make it 33-7,
Japanese receiver Atsushi Uehiro completed the scoring, carrying The barber fourth touchdown pass.
Las Rozas Black Demons 37 – Barbera Rookies 14
In the other semi-final, the black demons held a tenuous 10-8 lead at the break before going wild in the second half. After Jesús Pérez kicked a first field goal to give Las Rozas a 3-0 lead, rookies quarterback Alex Pacheco connected with Victor Vega for the starting touchdown. Brayan Larese added the two-point conversion to give barbera an 8-3 lead. Then, in the middle of the second quarter black demons quarterback David de Diego threw a 42-yard pass on a third-and-10 to a wide-open Alejandro Garcia in the end zone and Las Rozas took a 10-8 lead to end the first half.
the rookies retook the lead early in the third period when linebacker Fernando Villegas recovered a blocked punt and returned it 60 yards to give his team a 14-10 lead. It is then that the black demons took control of the game as ball carrier Daniel Romero forced his way into the end zone from 15 yards out to give Las Rozas a 17-14 lead. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, with the rookies drive deep into Las Rozas territory, black demons Defensive back Carlos Garcia caught a pass from Alex Pacheco and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown, extending the lead to 24-14. At the kick-off that followed, the rookies the back man fumbled the ball and Las Rozas picked up at the five-yard line. Romero made no mistakes as he kicked the ball in and extended the lead to 31-14.
With barbera forced now to take risks, the black demons picked up the ball on the rookies 29-yard line after a failed fourth attempt. Romero scored two plays later on another magical 19-yard run to put the game aside and send his team to its third straight final.