On a day with weather perfect for blood bowl the Cripplers descended upon the stadium at Har Ganeth, intent on defeating the Horrors and securing a spot in the finals for this season's Crypt Classic. The Horrors won the coin toss and elected to kick to the Cripplers, but kicked too high and allowed Tracy to snag the ball. The elves did their best to dodge and evade the Cripplers, but many spent too much time eating turf, and line elf Lolgath Grimreaver only narrowly avoided the infirmary thanks to the wandering apothecary the Horrors had picked up for the game. Tracy was able to charge hard into the endzone for the first touchdown of the day. The Horrors had to rush to answer, and the fans were devastated when Minotaur Jeff charged horns first in the Horrors' star player Kaila Bloodstealer the witch elf. The team's apothecary says it's unlikely she'll make a full recovery. In a desperate play runner Arnus Voidbringer managed an unlikely blitz that allowed him to push into the Cripplers' endzone for an answering point in the last moment of the first half.
The Horrors began the second half three elves down, and quickly lost another as the Minotaur Jeff killed journeyman Jondaron Nighthunter outright in a bloody spectacle that had the visiting fans roaring with delight. Feeling the squeeze of the number disadvantage on the field, the Horrors had to change tack multiple times during the drive. First they pressed far to the left, then back to the middle, and on to the far right of the field making very little forward progress. Beastman Tracy pushed a blitz onto runner Voidbringer, who fumbled his attempted dump-off of the ball and the crowd collectively held their breath as player after player made attempt to recover the ball and finally exhaled once it came to rest on the pitch near 3 of the elven team. Runner Voidbringer snatched up the ball and moved back to the center, literally on the line of scrimmage, while a few other members of the Horrors managed to break free of the scrum and position a bit further down field to threaten a winning touchdown with little time left on the clock. Minotaur Jeff, emboldened by his earlier bloodlettings, lowered his head and charged Arnus Voidbringer expecting another dump-off attempt. Arnus shocked all in attendance though but doing something else entirely. Instead of tossing the pigskin he tucked it close to his body and dove beneath Jeff's horns, crashing into his legs. Leaving the beastly opponent a confused bundle on the pitch he stole away and moved closer to toward the winning touchdown with more of his teammates offering him some protection this time. The Cripplers made a final press, knocking elves aside like children's dolls and managed to get 2 beastmen looming over runner Voidbringer but it was to no avail. In typical elf fashion Arnus deftly dodged away, handed the ball to blitzer Lekricol Cinderblight, and assisted him as he blitzed a push against beastman Liz, and then dodged past to run the ball into the endzone once again in the final moment of the game.
The Cripplers fought a brutal match and the Horrors will certainly miss having their star witch elf Kaila in the final match against the winner of the North-South semifinal.
|Posted Sun Apr 9 2017 4:23:55 (last edited Sun Apr 9 2017 4:35:51) by Will