ABU DHABI // It had to end sometime.
Two games into their second season, the Abu Dhabi Wildcats had their unbeaten streak snapped on Friday night at Zayed Sports City in a 21-12 loss to the rival Dubai Stallions.
In a rematch of the Emirates American Football League’s inaugural Desert Bowl championship game last winter, when undefeated Abu Dhabi won the first league title after beating the Stallions for the second time, Dubai rallied in the second half to win the second game of the 2013/14 regular season.
In what proved to be the game-winning play, Davion Miller scored for the Stallions (2-0) on an eight-yard run in the third quarter to erase Abu Dhabi’s 12-7 halftime lead.
Andrej Tasik threw two scoring passes to lead the way for Dubai, including a clincher with about a minute left in the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands three times. Abu Dhabi (1-1) moved in front 12-7 when quarterback Cory Peisel threw a scoring pass with 30 seconds left in the first half.
The league’s reigning most valuable player last season, the Abu Dhabi running back Vivaldi Tulysse, scored on a two-yard run to give Abu Dhabi a 6-0 lead. But the Stallions answered on a touchdown reception by Askia Horne-Pierre shortly before the two-minute warning in the first half, setting the stage for Peisel’s scoring throw.
In the first game of the EAFL double-header, the Dubai Barracudas beat the Al Ain Desert Foxes 17-9. The Barracudas took control early when quarterback Ian Caron threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Michael Anderson to give Dubai (1-1) an early 14-0 lead.
Daniel Viranyi intercepted a pass to set up the Barracudas’ first score. Terence Cobb sacked Caron in the end zone for a safety to start a comeback attempt by Al Ain (0-2), but it fell short.
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