Ben Ali Gator uses legs to overcome 2 INTs, lifts Wild Mavericks over Black Magic
Ben Ali Gator ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to make up for his two interceptions and the Wild Mavs upset the Black Magic 30-21.
Ben Ali Gator leads Wild Mavericks to upset in Disney Football Match-up over Black Magic
The Wild Mavericks realize they will end up with a losing season, but they don’t mind shattering the playoff hopes of other teams in the league.
Ben Ali Gator ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, making up two interceptions and leading the Wild Mavericks to a 30-21 victory the Black Magic, which ended a three-game winning streak and the luck of Gladstone Gander.
One week after Coach Stang’s negative comments revitalized Mortimer Mouse and the Dark Dynasty offense, ending in a 52 to 10 loss for the Wild Mavericks, his comments were more realistic this time around.
“I think it was a pretty good game. That’s how I judge quarterbacks,” coach Stang Cow said. “A game like this, it didn’t have to be style points.”
After months of speculation on whether the Wild Mavs should bench Ben Ali Gator for poor quarterback play that has resulted in the second worst record in the league, Ben Ali proved he is resilient shaking off dumb turnovers and putting the Wild Mavericks ahead for good with a 4-yard keeper at the end of the third quarter.
“I didn’t play the way I’m capable of playing,” Ben Ali said. “That is unacceptable on my part.”
Ben Ali hit 17 of 27 passes for 175 yards and ran 17 times for another 64 yards. After a long season of consistently poor performances, most forget that he is still the first, and only, crocodile athlete in the Mickey Mouse Athletics football league.
“He’s very confident, crafty, and quick,” Black Magic coach John D. Rockerduck said. “Quick decision-maker, impressive player with really a lot of big weapons around him.”
Ferdinand the Bull ran for 134 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Neighbor Jones caught five passes for 39 yards and a score, after Sarabelle Cow set up the touchdown with an impressive punt return.
The loss spoiled the Black Magic’s chance to gain any ground on the Mickey Mouse Athletics football league Regular Season Title.
“Those guys did a great job containing us, but we left a lot of plays out there today,” said Magica De Spell, who had four catches for 75 yards.
Ben Ali’s interceptions came on the first Wild Mavericks drive of each half, and both led to Black Magic touchdowns.
Linebacker Merlock the Magician stepped in front of tight end Hyacinth Hippo on a short third-down throw at the Black Magic 13 in the second half — after the Wild Mavs had held the ball for seven minutes. That led to Negaduck scoring from a yard out for a 21-all tie.
The Wild Mavs then went 71 yards in 12 plays, the last Ben Ali’s 4-yard run.
“I didn’t let those [interceptions] affect me,” Ben Ali said. “I knew I had to come back and play well.”
Wild Mavericks Capitalize on Black Magic Mistakes
Gladstone Gander made his 11th start at quarterback for the Black Magic and was 9 of 25 for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also had to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety with about 4 minutes left. The play also gave the ball back to the Wild Mavericks and pretty much ended any chance the Black Magic had to come back.
“We should have stayed with the play,” Gladstone said. “That was on me. It was just a bad check.”
Neighbor Jones caught a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 midway through the second quarter, and then Sarabelle Cow set up another score before halftime when she took a low punt on the run and bolted 34 yards up the right sideline.
Ferdinand the Bull made it 21-14 on an 8-yard run in the final minute of the first half.
While not as successful as the reverse flea-flicker the Black Magic used to score against the Catamounts, the Black Magic used some Gladstone’s luckiness on fourth-and-1 from its 43 when backup quarterback Spectrus took the deep snap and then threw a 23-yard pass to Negaduck in the flats.
Ben Ali quickly made up for his first turnover scrambling in from the 6 to tie it at 7.
“Ben Ali Gator is a very noble and courteous athlete. He doesn’t let the play affect him,” said defensive end Practical Pig, who accepted his invitation to play in the league only to keep an eye on Big Bad Wolf’s activities. “He plays every play like it’s a brand new play. Since he does it, we all do it.”
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