Cairo Hell Hounds DB Michael Tex heads into the end zone after netting an interception. Photo: Omar Atallah
the Egyptian National Football League launched its eighth season last Friday in a stormy first week where the Cairo Hellhounds and MSA Tigers showed their talent and strength both in attack and defense.
Defending champions, Cairo Hellhoundswon an impressive victory over the Jaguar ZED who are playing their first season. In the other game, the tigers dominated the Cairo Bear earn his first victory.
Cairo Hellhounds 48 – ZED Jaguars 0
the hunting dogs The offense kicked off the game with their hometown quarterback Omar Hatem throwing a touchdown pass to Ziad Ammar. But it was Cairo’s defense that was the real star of the first half, winning back-to-back touchdowns on turnovers, the first by El Hassan Mourad who returned a fumble all the way and the second on a pick of six by import Michael Tex.
During the second half, import quarterback John Holloway led the way. Dogs‘ and scored 21 points throwing two touchdowns, one each to Haitham Abdelwarith and Omar Hashem while rushing for the third.
While the the jaguars lack of experience may be a factor in their attacks struggling to move the ball, the Dogs also put on extra pressure with their top-notch defense and imported linebacker Michael Tex who was named Game MVP.
the jaguars still have plenty of opportunities to catch up during the season, and the hunting dogs Earned PD will be a great asset down the road.
MSA Tigers 21 – Cairo Bears 2
In the second game of the week, the MSA Tigers won an impressive victory over the Cairo Bear in a tough match tigers dominated with a score of 21-2.
the Bear’ the defense put points on the board early with a two-point safety to take an early lead, but that was their only score of the game. the tigers the offense, led by imported quarterback Craig Coffman, was able to excel by scoring two passing touchdowns against Hussam Mohamed and Abdelraouf Hassan.
the tigers the defense was simply outstanding, not only preventing their competitor from scoring, but barely allowing them to move the ball. the Bear, who are known to be a tough competitor and have participated in the Egyptian bowl last season struggled with his passing and running game, gaining just 25 passing yards and four rushing yards all game. During this time, the tigers the defense put on a show recording four tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and a pick of six by Fady Ayman.
tigersLinebacker Mohamed Arabi has earned a well-deserved MVP title.
It is quite obvious that the tigers are hungry for the title this season, while Bear to show their recognized talent.
By Maram Ahmad