The Dingers and Slingers have been a solidified rivalry in the AFFL. Having already matched up twice this season, the third and final installment of this chronicled match-up stood as a rubber match for the season series. Mitch Stevens led the Dingers out for the opening drive, looking to put up big points after a devastating scoreless second half last week against The Romos. The Dingers came in confident as the Slingers did not have rostered quarterback in attendance. With Jace Muggli absent, they were forced to improvise.
With a wavering offense, the Slingers began the game on defense, giving up a 19-yard completion on third down to Jason Price to put the Dingers in scoring position. On third and goal-to-go, Colton Holmes intercepted Stevens' desperation throw to give the Slingers the ball. The key to the Dinger's success this season has been Stevens' running ability. Early on, he showed little want to run, but on a third down and half-to-go, he turned on the jets to pick up the first. Following the conversion, he found Michael Waldron on a play-action read for six and the game's first points. Taylor Rehn said "not today" on the convert and intercepted the attempt to keep the deficit at six. Sam Anderson, the quarterback-for-the-day for the Slingers started the game out cold, throwing four incompletions on his first six attempts. Following a 17-yard completion to Holmes, Anderson and the Slingers went 3-and-out, wasting a much needed first and goal opportunity.
On the following drive, star receiver Chad Braun was forced to leave the game due to injury. In need of someone to step up, Stevens turned to Chang Mang Gyug for a 21-yard hook up and a first down. After a quick connection with Waldron, Mitch Stevens lateralled the ball to Rylan Kleiter, who found Waldron in the endzone for their second score of the game. Waldron also caught the convert. On the next play, Anderson slipped in the endzone, giving up a safety and possession. The turnover gave the Dingers the ball with two minutes left. Following the turnover, Stevens completed two short passes, before finding Jason Price for the homerun ball and another score. On the final play of the half, Dylan Andreychuk's prayer was answered when Bradley Chiasson caught a tipped pass for the team's first score. They went into the break trailing, 22-6.
Coming out of the half, the Slingers showed little signs of life, as Braxton Lawrence dropped a sure touchdown on third and half to give the ball back to the Dingers. Mitch Stevens came out of the break slingin', connecting on three consecutive passes to put his team within reach of scoring their fourth major of the night. On second and goal from the five, he found Price to put his squad up, 28-6. The Slingers offense continued to struggle, as they put together another three-and-out, giving the Dingers a chance at the 25-point mercy spread. On third and goal, Kleiter ran the rock for the touchdown and pushed the lead to 34-6, officially labelling the game as a blowout. Waldron caught the convert and the Slingers were looking for anything to answer.
Anderson hooked up with Andreychuk with an absolute BOMB for the full-field score. Although the game was out of hand, the stats could still get padded. On the next defensive possession, Anderson sacked Kleiter to get his team the ball back with four minutes left to play. After an overthrown ball, Anderson found Taylor Rehn for a 19-yard pick up, but on the next play Waldron used one hand to intercept Anderson's throw and effectively end the game. The Dingers got a much needed win to stay in the race for playoff seeding.