Las Rozas Black Demons RB Daniel Romero #7 scored two second-half TDs in his team’s 37-14 win over the Barbera Rookies Photo: Lola Morales
That Spanish National League of American Football The semifinals brought some surprises and the promise of a brand new champion in 2022.
With a major change of power in Spain, Madrid’s Osos Rivas ran her nine-game unbeaten streak after recklessly running over the defense Spanish masters, the Badalona Dracs, in the semifinals she lashed 39-7, finishing the dragon hopes for a sixth title in a row. In the other semi-final, the Black Demons of Las Rozas blew up for four touchdowns in the second half, three in the last period to put down the Barbera newcomers 37-14.
For the first time since 2012, the Spanish Finale will be played without Badalona Dracs. Ironically, they will be replaced by the team they defeated in that 2012 championship game. Osos Rivas, who will make their first appearance in the title matchup for the first time since this game.
Osos Rivas 39 – Badalona Dracos 7
Osos Rivas made short work of the former champions scoring four first-half touchdowns, with quarterback Sergio Barbero throwing three in the first half after running back Denzel Duchenne’s opening score Madrid first possession of the team. Barbero then teamed up with David Girón Nicaragua extend the lead to 14:0. Álvaro Guitián was the next recipient of Barberos Passing ability making an excellent one-handed grip to further extend the lead, 20-0. Giron struck again just before the break and gave up Osos an almost unassailable 27:0 lead
dragon Quarterback Sergi Gonzalo showed his composure early in the third quarter, finding young David Martinez to putt Badalona on the board and reduce the lead to 27-7. But Duchenne responded with another quick touchdown late in the half to make it 33-7.
Japanese Receiver Atsushi Uehiro rounded off the scoring with the catch Barberos fourth touchdown pass.
Las Rozas Black Demons 37 – Barbera Rookies 14
In the other semi-final, the Black Demons took a 10-8 lead at break before continuing in the second half. According to Jesús Pérez kicked to give an early field goal Las Rozas a 3-0 lead, Beginner Quarterback Alex Pacheco connected with Victor Vega for the go-ahead touchdown. Brayan Larese added the two-point conversion to give Barbie an 8-3 lead. Then in the middle of the second quarter Black Demons Quarterback David de Diego threw a 42-yard pass to a third and 10 to a wide-open Alejandro Garcia in the end zone and Las Rozas took a 10-8 lead in the first half.
That Beginner Linebacker Fernando Villegas regained the lead early in the third half when linebacker Fernando Villegas picked up a blocked punt and returned it 60 yards to give his team a 14-10 lead. That’s when the Black Demons took over the game when running back Daniel Romero slithered into the end zone from 15 yards to give Las Rozas a 17-14 lead. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, with the Beginner drive deep Las Rozas Area, Black Demons Defenseman Carlos Garcia intercepted a pass from Alex Pacheco and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown, extending the lead to 24-14. At the subsequent kick-off, the Beginner Returnmann fumbled with the ball and Las Rozas recovered at the five yard line. Romero pocketed the ball flawlessly and extended the lead to 31:14.
With Barbie now forced to take risks that Black Demons got the ball back on the Beginner 29-yard line after a failed fourth down attempt. Romero scored on another magical 19-yard rush two games later that ended the game and sent his team into their third straight Finals.