By Brian Cole, Photo – Edge Sports Photography
The Central Florida Warriors wrapped up their 2017 regular season Saturday with a 34-22 win over the Jacksonville Axemen on the Soccer Fields of the University of North Florida (UNF) campus. The results gave the Warriors their season, while leaving Jacksonville 0-3 at home for 2017. Coming into 2017, Jacksonville had never lost a game on their home field.
The Warriors scored the game’s first four tries and three conversions to take a 22-0 lead over the Axemen. However, Jacksonville responded with three tries and two conversions, narrowing the Warriors lead to 22-16 going into halftime.
To start off the second half, Central Florida scored and converted a try, giving the club a 28-16 lead over Jacksonville. The Warriors then missed a penalty kick (two points), leaving the Axemen within two scores. Jacksonville answered with a try and conversion of their own, cutting Central Florida’s lead to six points. Nevertheless, the Warriors scored one more converted try, which resulted in the final score – Central Florida 34 – Jacksonville 22.
As previously mentioned, the Jacksonville Axemen will travel to Tampa for the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, 29 July for their contest with the Mayhem. Also on 29 July, the Central Florida Warriors will take the trip up to Atlanta for their match up with the Rhinos.