On January 19 the Phantoms had a opportunity to claim their 7th National Bowl Championship in their 9 year history, but they would have to beat the 2-Time League Champions Kentucky Spartans from the IFL. For the first 3 quarters the Orlando Phantoms had problems getting anything going as they struggled to put up points. The Phantoms defense stood strong only allowing 12 points going into the 4th quarter but would the Phantom offense finally respond? Well they did more then respond, they scored 18 unanswered points to win their 7th National Bowl Championship in 10 years.
It started with RB #33 Roger Walker scoring on a 20 yard run with 12:00 minute left in the 4th quarter to bring the score to 12-6. The Phantoms offense got the spark they needed and with 7:42 in the 4th quarter the Phantom offense struck again with a 14 yard TD pass from QB #11 Yusuf DeReese to WR #3 Clarence Williams, and just like that the score was tied 12-12. The Phantoms finished off a great comeback with QB #1 Daniel Kroupa making a spectacular 24 yard TD run diving into the endzone to give the Phantoms the lead 18-12 with 1:14 left in the 4th quarter. With :54 left on the clock the Kentucky Spartans took over on their own 17 yardline looking for a miracle, but there would be no miracle this night as CB #6 Gladel Brutus Intercepted a pass to seal the unbelievable comeback win for the Orlando Phantoms.
We have to mention the outstanding job the Phantoms defense did shutting out the Spartans offense in the 2nd half with 3 Interceptions ( #6 Gladel Brutus, #31 Jay Staley, #49 Stephen Williams) and a fumble recovery. The Orlando Phantoms have proven over the past 5 years that to beat them you have to truly play 60 minute of football.