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Cortes, Defense Lead the Way as Lynx Destroy Predators in Playoffs

Saturday, October 14, 2006

By Rich Quiñones
South Jersey Lynx Football Correspondent

WILLIAMSTOWN - Marty Cross tossed three touchdown passes, while Luis Cortes hauled in three TD passes, as South Jersey routed New York, 28-0, in the second round of the NAFL playoffs in a game that ended midway through the fourth after the Predators walked off the field.

In an embarrassing moment for the league, New York already upset with the fact that they had to drive down from Staten Island decided to beat the traffic early after quarterback Lou Scala disputed a penalty with a field judge.

In a scene straight out of a sand lot game, Scala and company decided to take their ball and go home with 9:52 left in the fourth. After Cortes’ third touchdown of the night put the game away, Scala and teammate Anthony Polizzi argued a false start penalty and the rest was utter chaos.

The entire coaching staff of the Predators started yelling and screaming at the officials, and then directly at the Lynx bench. South Jersey was able to maintain their composure thanks to the discipline installed by head coach Lester Cream Jr. and cooler heads prevailed.

The game itself was not really much of a contest, as the Lynx offense continued to rack up yardage and points. Cross hooked up with Cortes on touchdown tosses of 20 and 13 yards. He also connected with wideout Maurice Taylor on a gorgeous 37 yard scoring play.

Linwood Blount threw a perfect 60-yard TD to Cortes to put the icing on the cake, after Cross rested in the fourth for South Jersey (11-0). The defense did the rest, as the blanked the Predators for the second time this season and outscored them 54-0 in the process.

The Lynx will face the Hudson Valley Saints in a rematch of last year North Atlantic Region Championship which the Lynx won 27-2.

NAFL Playoffs Round 2

New York Predators 0
South Jersey Lynx 28


1st Quarter
Maurice Taylor 37 pass from Marty Cross (Tom Parks kick)

3rd Quarter
Luis Cortes 13 pass from Cross (Parks kick)
Cortes 20 pass from Cross (Parks kick)

4th Quarter
Cortes 63 pass from Linwood Blount (Parks kick)

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