Maccabi Bowl II – Did the Wolverines clinch the win?
Wolverines claw their way to victory in the Maccabi Bowl II held in Montreal on Sunday, October 19.
The captain came through in the clutch as Daniel Blumer’s Wolverines narrowly defeated Cory Pecker’s Dolphins to secure the Maccabi Bowl II crown. For the Wolverines, the victory was sweet redemption after narrowly missing out on the title in the inaugural Maccabi Bowl in 2013.
The tournament would not have been possible without the incredible support of the Town of Hampstead and their Parks and Recreation department, whom once again provided the field and resources to ensure a successful event.
While the final score read 21-7, the 14-point win is deceiving as the Wolves were trailing for the majority of the game. With a late second-half touchdown drive to tie the contest at 7, the tide appeared to be turning in the Wolverines favor.
Yet, the Dolphins tried to deflate any momentum with a quick score of their own. With three successful completions to bring the ball across the 50-yard line, Pecker decided to take a shot in the end zone on first down, however, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry as finals MVP Cody Sklar intercepted Pecker’s pass to give his team the chance at victory.
With only three plays left, Blumer hauled in his first touchdown catch of the day, a 40-yard bomb in the back of the end zone to give the Wolves their first lead.
One play later, Sklar squashed any hope for a Dolphins comeback as he intercepted his second pass of the game and returned it for the game-sealing touchdown.
The Wolverines win capped off a fantastic second edition of the Maccabi Bowl in which over 50 players braved the chilly mid-October Montreal temperatures to spend their Sunday afternoon in Hampstead Park, supporting Maccabi Canada.