2017 LFA season

The 2017 LFA season was the second season of the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional. This season saw two new franchises join the league: Dinos(short for "dinosaurios", the Spanish word for dinosaurs) and Fundidores(Spanish for smelters or founders) to bring the league to a total of 6 teams. The regular season began on February 18 and concluded on April 9. The Tazón México II was played on April 30 with the Mayas defeating the Raptors to win their second LFA championship.[1]

2017 LFA season
Regular season
Dates18 February 2017 – 9 April 2017
Playoffs
Start date23 April 2017
North ChampionsDinos
Central ChampionsMayas
Tazón México II
Date30 April 2017
SiteEstadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo", Mexico City
ChampionsMayas
← 2016
2018 →

NewsEdit

On September 28, 2016, the LFA announced its expansion for the 2017 season: the Monterrey Founders and the Saltillo Dinos.[2]

Prior to the Mexico II Bowl, the visiting team, Dinos, was about to cancel the match since they had to travel by bus 10 hours from Saltillo to Mexico City, get to play and return immediately, with no opportunity to train or rest before the game, which put them at a notable disadvantage. The LFA had no budget to pay for airplanes and hotels for players and staff members.[3][4]

Due to the increase in teams for the 2017 season, the LFA made some changes in the competition format, creating two divisions, the North and the center, although for sponsorship reasons these divisions were named after commercial products. The new format included divisional championships to be played in the postseason, the winners of which would go to the Tazón México.

The salary cap per franchise was 650,000 MXN (US$30,000 ).

Coaching changesEdit

Eagles: José Campuzano replaced Antonio Sandoval as head coach for the Eagles after a 3–3 season

StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, PF = Points for, PA = Points against, Diff=Difference between pts. for and against

Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs

ResultsEdit

Week 1
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-6)
Dinos 33-16 Fundidores Olímpico Francisco I. Madero February 18 15:00
Condors 10-13 Raptors Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" February 19 11:00
Eagles 33-21 Mayas Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" February 19 15:00
Week 2
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-6)
Condors 16-64 Mayas Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" February 26 11:00
Fundidores 24-25 Eagles Estadio Tecnológico February 26 13:00
Raptors 34-27 Dinos Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" February 26 15:00
Week 3
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-6)
Eagles 20-24 Condors Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" March 5 11:00
Fundidores 22-21 Raptors Estadio Tecnológico March 5 13:00
Mayas 30-12 Dinos Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" March 5 15:00
Week 4
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-6)
Raptors 31-34 Mayas Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" March 12 11:00
Dinos 10-14 Eagles Olímpico Francisco I. Madero March 12 14:00
Condors 14-12 Fundidores Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" March 12 15:00
Week 5
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-6)
Dinos 23-10 Condors Olímpico Francisco I. Madero March 19 15:30
Eagles 24-27 Mayas Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" March 26 11:00
Raptors 14-10 Fundidores Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" March 26 15:00
Week 6
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-5)
Mayas 47-20 Condors Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" April 2 11:00
Fundidores 14-6 Dinos Estadio Tecnológico April 2 14:00
Eagles 12-28 Raptors Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" April 2 15:00
Week 7
Away Score Home Venue Date Kickoff (UTC-6)
Condors 16-31 Eagles Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" April 2 15:00
Mayas 33-14 Fundidores Estadio Tecnológico April 9 14:00
Dinos 6-19 Raptors Olímpico Francisco I. Madero April 9 14:00

PlayoffsEdit

Playoff bracketEdit

Division Finals Tazón Mexico II
      
C2 Eagles 18
C1 Mayas 48
C1 Mayas 24
N1 Dinos 18
N2 Dinos 13
N1 Raptors 10
* Indicates overtime victory

Tazón México IIEdit

Tazón México II
Dinos vs Mayas
(2-5) (6-2)
18 24
Teams 1C 2C 3C 4C
  Dinos 3 7 0 8
  Mayas 0 14 3 7
Date: 30, April 2017
Stadium: Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo"
Spectators:3,000
Referee:Jorge Armando Rodríguez
TV:    
← I • Tazón México • III →

The Tazón México II (called Indian Motorcycle Tazón México II for sponsorship reasons) was the second edition of the LFA championship game. The Mayas obtained repeat championships by winning against Dinos at the Estadio Jesús Martínez "Palillo" in Mexico City, by a score of 24–18. The MVP of the game was QB Marco Garcia.

Quarter Time Series Team Annotations Score
Plays Yds TOP DIN MAY
1 4:27 11 78 5:37 DIN Field goal, 20 yards from K Gallarado 3 0
2 13:30 3 75 1:30 DIN Touchdown, 1-yard run from QB Alberto García; the extra point is good (K Gallarado)) 10 0
2 9:31 7 80 3:53 MAY Touchdown, 42-yard pass from QB Marco García to WR Josue Martinez; the extra point is good (K Mauricio Morales) 10 7
2 4:51 6 47 3:06 MAY Touchdown, 10-yard run from QB Marco García; the extra point is good (K Mauricio Morales) 10 14
3 1:50 9 42 3:35 MAY Field goal, 20 yards from K Gallarado 10 17
4 6:21 7 93 4:11 MAY Touchdown, 10-yard run from RB Omar Cojolum; the extra point is good (K Mauricio Morales) 10 24
4 1:16 - - - DIN Safety of P Aceves (Mayas) 12 24
4 0:39 3 75 0:35 DIN Touchdown, 5-yard pass from QB Alberto García to WR Gerardo Álvarez; the extra point is good (K Gallarado) 18 24

AwardsEdit

Following the season, awards are shown the best of the 2017 season.[5]

Award Winner (Position) Team
MVP of the season Bruno Márquez QB Raptors
Coach of the year Ernesto Alfaro HC Mayas
Offensive player of the year Josué Martínez WR Mayas
Defensive player of the year Daniel Carrete LB Dinos
Best Offensive Lineman Jonathan Segura OL Eagles
Best defensive lineman Octavio Martínez DL Eagles
Best deep threat Luis González WR Raptors
Best linebacker Ángel Rosado LB Condors
Best runner Omar Cojolum RB Mayas
Best receiver Gerardo Álvarez WR Dinos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mayas, bicampeón de la LFA. Se impuso 18-24 ante los Dinos de Saltillo" (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Dinos y Fundidores se unen a la LFA" (in Spanish).
  3. ^ "Dino a los maltratos" (in Spanish).
  4. ^ "Capitán de los Dinos de Saltillo levanta la voz" (in Spanish). 28 April 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Premia Liga de Futbol Americano a lo mejor de la temporada 2017" (in Spanish). 19 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.