It has been quite the season for The Spring League, especially during the second half, where we saw some of the best spring football action we’ve seen in a while. As week six came to a close, the final matchup featured the 3-2 Generals taking on the 3-2 Blues, and the enjoyable action continued.
At this point, the Jousters practically had the #1 seed secured, but if one of these teams won in a massive blowout, it would give them a chance to move on to the final game.
The Blues had to punt, and the Generals took advantage. Darnell Holland had a couple of impressive gains, and then Paul Terry ran it in for his second score of the game. However, a botched snap made Mallett have to chuck the ball forward, and it was intercepted and returned to the endzone, giving the Blues two points.
GAME DAY ALERT: Paul Terry runs it in for another #TSLGenerals touchdown.
The two-point conversion is intercepted, and ran back for the #TSLBlues to give them two-points.
Throughout the rest of the third quarter, the Blues’ offensive struggles continued, and we went into the fourth quarter with the Generals up by 14.
Ryan Mallett was impressive today, finding his targets in stride, and putting the ball where he needed to put it. Unfortunately, on 4th and goal a dropped pass from Vaughn kept the drive scoreless, and it remained a 23-9 ball game.
Not surprisingly, the Blues had to punt again, and the Generals got themselves into field goal range. However, a blocked kick led to a huge return from Adam Rodriguez, and the Blues made it a 23-16 game with seven minutes left to play.
The rest of the game was essentially missed opportunities for the Blues. Even though the Generals did whatever they could to keep their opponent in the game, the Blues simply could not capitalize.
An interception from Nick Fitzgerald, and then a turnover on downs kept the Blues out of reach, and the Generals held on for the 23-16 victory.
The Generals finish the season tied for first but will not be able to overcome the Jousters point differential after besting the Blues by only 7 points. #TheSpringLeague will have a new champ in 2021!#TSLGenerals: 23#TSLBlues: 16
For fans of the Generals, this 2021 season ended on a disappointing note despite the win, because they failed to make it to the Championship unlike last year, when they took home the trophy.
However, the Generals should be proud of how they played this season. They finished with a 4-2 record, just behind the Jousters who simply moved on because they have a better point differential. The Generals played with a lot of heart, and showcased some incredible talent in 2021.
Darnell Holland proved to be an absolute star, and certainly deserves an NFL opportunity. Meanwhile, Ryan Mallett was consistent, and showed he can still sling it. At the end of the day, they just did not make enough plays to make it to the final game.
One of the difficult losses for the team came at the hands of the Sea Lions in week two, when they lost 17-13. That was the Sea Lions only win of the season. The Generals did beat them later on in week five, but if they had done an efficient job in week two, they would most likely be in the Mega Bowl next week.
Despite the somewhat sour ending, the team did have an excellent season, and they were fun to watch.
With the regular season behind us, we now look forward to what should be a fun championship matchup between the Linemen and the Jousters. The season is over for six teams, but those two will have one final showdown to see who takes home the Mega Bowl trophy this year.
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