Behind a dominant defensive performance from Wesley “Wesley” Gittens, Team Henry swept Team Jwall in two games to win the Madden Bowl: Draft Edition championship Tuesday night.
Team Henry took the first game 10-7 in double overtime in a squads match before Wesley beat Team Jwall’s Jacob “Fancy” Worthington 31-3 in the second game.
The winning squad of captain Henry “Henry” Leverette, Wesley and “ImMrRightNow” earned $50,000 apiece. Team Jwall, consisting of captain Jacob “Jwall” Wallack, Fancy and Joshua “DatBoi” Wright, received $20,000 each.
The first game of the championship round was decided on a 60-yard field goal with 1:32 left in the second OT.
For the second game, Henry chose Wesley to represent his squad, and the decision paid off on defense right away. Wesley got a 31-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery just over a minute into the game, then doubled the lead to 14-0 on a 50-yard interception return in the second quarter.
A 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 24-0, and the gap reached 31-0 before Fancy got a late consolation field goal.
Henry said of going with Wesley, “I trusted him in that mode. I put him in there. … We thought tourney day, why not switch it up, try something they’ve never seen before. And it clearly worked on defense.”
Wesley added, “A lot of people, when I told them I was one of the better defensive players … thought I was (kidding) myself. I’m not the best adjustor, I won’t lie. But I feel like I play really good red-zone defense and have a really good user, and that makes it hard to score on me because I play pretty safe.
“Honestly I do feel like I’m one of the better defensive players, but obviously offense is what I’m primarily known for … but the defense really showed off today.”
–Field Level Media