Aviators throttle Goof Troops to reach Walt Disney Bowl II
Panchito Pistoles developed a close relationship with teammate Jose Carioca that included spending time studying the beauty of Aquarela do Brasil and history of caballeros.
On Saturday, Pistoles and Carioca brought together the perfect razzle-dazzle displaying more flash than substance and more technique than artistry.
Properly named on his birth certificate as Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero Gonzalez, Pistoles had scoring tosses of 20, 25, 30 and 17 yards to give him 19 for the season, eclipsing his mark of 12 TDs last year.
"People probably won't appreciate what he's done until he's gone," Clara Cluck said. "That gunslinging rooster deserves everything he gets. He's the most competitive quarterback in the league."
After the final seconds ticked down, Panchito ran onto the field on a magical flying serape and fireworks shot off as the clock struck zero.
"Iiieeeee-ah-ah!" Panchito yelled.
From missing the playoffs in the league's inaugural season and receiving no votes to this year's MVP award, Panchito knew the feeling of being left out.
Pistoles knew the feeling of being left out.
As most don't realize, Panchito is the only one of the three Caballeros to not make an appearance in Saludos Amigos. And despite the success of the Walt Disney Studios "Good Neighbor" project and his extraordinary appearance in The Three Caballeros in 1944, it was Donald and Jose who would continue to shine in the media.
Donald going worldwide, and Jose Carioca developing an impressive fan base in Brazil.
Even with the franchise's first playoff win last week, skeptics still left him no chance of reaching the Walt Disney Bowl.
"Some fun, eh, kids?," said Panchito, playing in his first nationally televised game since
The Aviators improved to 9-5 drastically improving since finishing as the worst team last year. The blue and gray defensive unit held the Goof Troops offense to 292 total yards and ended the Troops three-game winning streak.
Angry Goof disappointed by son Maxie
But Max was unable to get off the majority of his passes with Herb and Honker Muddlefoot mixing up the defensive front and the black Raven-duo of Bruto and Ellsworth blitzing from the outside. Max had more rushing attempts (18) than completions (11), while being sacked six times.
The Aviators got a convincing victory against one of only two teams to finish above them in the regular season.
A year ago it was the Mouseketeers who knocked the Goof Troops out of the playoffs, amassing a total of 671 yards of offense. The Aviators finished with 568 yards of total offense and became the first team to allow no more than 14 points in their first two postseason games.
The Aviators franchise kicker, Yellow Beak, was automatic kicking two FGs and 5 extra points. A testament to how the Aviators offense has improved, the peg-leg pirate bird had to punt the ball 158 times last year, compared to only 66 times this season.
For Arizona Goof, the loss meant the end to a record breaking season in which he rushed for 2332 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The Goof Troops (9-5) entered the game scoring 30.5 points per game, but Max played so disappointing that Goofy started having flashbacks of when Max changed map routes and gave him fallacious directions.
The Aviators jumped ahead 20-7 at halftime and scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second half.
"He, in my opinion, could have played better. Maxie really disappoint me today," Goofy said with a disgruntled face.
The Troops were forced to punt on their first five drives leaving Max little room for error.
It was fun to watch," Aviators coach Howard Rockerduck said of his team. "This may be the best Disney story the world has ever seen."