Saturday’s annual championship game of American football was to be a showdown between the best two teams in Costa Rica.
Many were expecting a hard-fought game with the score being relatively close. That did not occur.
The Bulldogs championship reign came to an end, 28 to 7. The Toros are the 2013 American Football Federation of Costa Rica Champion.
The Toros dominated the game from start to finish. Despite a nagging shoulder injury sustained in the last meeting between these two teams, Scott Doherty’s performance was outstanding. The Bulldogs had no answer for the passing attack of Doherty. He completed 24 out 39 for 296 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another.
The Toros completed drives of 80 yards, 60 yards, 70 yards and 55 yards. Doherty was sacked twice and had one interception. Doherty was named the most valuable player and was presented the award after receiving the champion trophy by Gabriela Schaer of the Instituto Costarricense de Deportes and Commissioner Paolo Vincenzi of the Federation.
”We started the season strong by soundly defeating the previously undefeated and defending champions,” said Doherty. “We concluded the season Saturday by dominating them.” The five years the game has been played the Toros have won two and the Bulldogs have won three.
The Toro defense led by Charlton Ortega held the Bulldogs to negative yardage in the first quarter and thwarted the Bulldog offense on consecutive series. Ortega and his defense menaced the Bulldog offense all day. Although there were many defensive standouts for the Toros, none stood out more than former Bulldog Anthony Feeny. Feeny became the first player in Costa Rica to win a championship with two different teams. Feeny also was responsible for one interception, and Ernesto Nieto intercepted two.
Ryan Weiss the veteran running back of the Bulldogs left the game with an injury and did not return. The only score for the Bulldogs came on a trick play where the receiver entered the playing field just before the snap of the ball and Gabo Mena completed a pass to Luis Aguilar who was completely uncovered. Later in the game the Bulldogs attempted the same play again but were flagged and penalized for an illegal play.