The Sofia Bears defeated the Indians 26:0 (12:0, 8:0, 0:0, 6:0) and recorded the first shutout in their history. The "Bears" dominated the entire 60 minutes of the match, the representatives of the most renowned school in American football in the Balkans.
The Bulgarians won the toss for possession of the ball and the very first series ended with a touchdown. Alexander Shterionov turned a screen pass from quarterback Christian Chan into six points after running over the Indians' defense. 34 seconds before the end of the first part, Plamen Partinov used the excellent defenses of the offensive line and dived into the end zone of the guests at 12:0.
An unfortunate incident occurred early in the second quarter when an Indija running back broke his ankle and was taken to the hospital. His teammates retaliated and earned a series of roughing penalties as a result. Christian Chan's touchdown was negated by a holding, but four plays later the Bears' playmaker still ran into the Indies endzone for a 20-0 lead.
In the second half, the rudeness of the Serbs became more frequent, and several times the mass fight was miraculously avoided. After a scoreless third quarter, Alexander Kenanov shaped Sofia's victory with a touchdown pass from Chan.
The Bears' defense was credited with a fumble recovery, and in addition, they twice stopped Indyja yards from the end line.
Author: YORDAN BOZHINOV