With the excitement of a professional football team coming to Orlando for the first time since the XFL’s Orlando Rage in 2001, the city has an adult team doing just fine on the adult amateur level. The Orlando Phantoms won its second league championship in the United Football Federation of America and defeated the West Coast Soldiers 34-33 Saturday night at Astronaut High School.
Orlando finishes the season with a perfect record of 12-0 and overcame the loss of defensive end Kyle Farnsworth before the 2018 campaign began. Farnsworth, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, tore his knee prior to the season beginning and was a vital piece to the team since 2015.
The Phantoms pulled off what was non other than a miraculous comeback effort over West Coast, as Orlando went into halftime trailing 30-14 before mounting a second half push. Orlando’s second half surge was led by quarterback Torrance Brown and running back Teddy Walker. Both Brown and Walker scored touchdowns during the contest, respectively.
With under two minutes to go, West Coast (10-2) lined up for a 42-hard field goal but Orlando was able to block the Derrick Scott attempt and run out the clock.
The last time the Phantoms won a league title was back in 2014 when Orlando defeated the Fort Myers-based Florida Stingrays 42-35 in a thriller at Lake Brantley High School, located in Altamonte Springs. The Phantoms, run by Michael Torres, has been in existence since 2011 and has reached four league championship games and the team is comprised of adult athletes ages 18 and up.
The Orlando-based team plays 11-on-11 American football and teams within the UFFOA are regulated by college football rules. Tryouts for the club have not been announced as of yet. For anyone looking into more information on the Orlando Phantoms, checkout their team website at www.orlandophantoms.com.