RENTON, WA – The Seattle Rainmakers (5-4) have secured their playoff spot by defeating the San Francisco Dogfish (3-7) at Renton Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
How it Happened: The Dogfish took their only lead when they scored the first point of the game. The Rainmakers answered back with two scores of their own and continued to take advantage of Dogfish mistakes throughout the first quarter, finishing the quarter ahead 8-4. The Dogfish were able to find some rhythm again in the second quarter, getting their first break of the game during the third point. While the Dogfish outscored the Rainmakers 6-4, they found themselves still down 12-10 at the end of the first half.
The third quarter saw the Rainmakers going back to their huck-heavy offense that produced quick scores and quickly capitalized on Dogfish errors once again. Big defensive plays by Evan Klein helped the Rainmakers build a six-point lead to finish out the quarter 20-14. In the fourth, the Dogfish tried to get back into the game with a strategy of short pulls followed by quick double teams. While this did earn the Dogfish the first break of the fourth quarter, the Seattle lead proved to be too much. The Dogfish finished out the game with a drop in the end zone and still down, 29-21.
Turning Point: The turning point came early in the third quarter when the Rainmakers were able to go on a run and open up their lead to six. After that the closest the Dogfish would come would be five points. With few break points of their own, the Dogfish were unable to recover.
Players of the Game: Mark Burton and Kalif El-Salaam were on fire for the Rainmakers offense, with scores often coming from one throwing to the other.
Stat of the Game: The 10-point second quarter was the lowest scoring quarter in this high offense game, which totaled for 50 points combined.
Quotable: “We just refocused on our stuff,” said Rainmakers head coach Steve Gussin. “It was more about executing our game plan and reminding ourselves what our game plan was than making any drastic adjustments, especially on offense. It was getting back to what we known we can do. We came out well and executed in the second half.”
What’s Next: This was the last game of the season for the Dogfish who finish 3-7 for the season. The Rainmakers will be at home again next week as they take on the Vancouver Nighthawks.