Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – 7/11/14

 France

The Thonon Black Panthers (Europe #6) won their second straight French championship in dramatic fashion two weeks ago surviving a scare from Molosses to squeak by them 35-34. You can still read the recap here:  www.americanfootballinternational.com/last-second-pat-decides-french-championship-thonon-les-bains-defends-title

Germany

North: There were three games played in the Northern division in Germany. The Dresden Monarchs (Europe #7) played host to the Cologne Falcons (Europe # 14) and came from behind to defeat Cologne 35-21. They had been down 21-14 early in the third. The Berlin Adler (Europe #2) had an easy time of it rolling over the Berlin Rebels 41-0 after accumulating 408 yards on offense. The Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (Europe # 10) facing Dusseldorf  for the third time this season in both German league play and Eurobowl action, dropped them 67-26. Braunschweig, who was idle, still leads the North at 4-0, followed by the Berlin Adler (4-1), the Dresden Monarchs (4-2) and Kiel (4-3) with Cologne in fifth but not far off.

South: The Schwabisch Hall Unicorns continued their powerful offensive display this time whipping the Saarland Hurricanes 52-18. German national team quarterback Marco Ehrenfried was efficient as usual throwing for 253 yards and five touchdowns.  The undefeated Stuttgart Scorpions (Europe #8) had a scare as they had to come from behind and score a touchdown with almost no time left on the clock to edge the Marburg Mercenaries 41-40. Quarterback Luke Barthelmess had an amazing game for Stuttgart throwing for 330 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 125 yards and scoring another touchdown.   After eight games played Barthelmess is fourth in Germany in rushing with 1,077 yards and 16 touchdowns, and sixth in passing throwing for 1,971 yards and 24 touchdowns.  The Scorpions are undefeated at 8-0 and lead the South, with the Unicorns second at -2. The Marburg Mercenaries and Munich Cowboys round out the top four in the South.

Dresden

Great Britain

There were no games played in the Premiership league this week. The Tamworth Phoenix remain atop the North standings at 6-0 followed by the East Kilbride Pirates at 5-0. Coventry still occupies third at 4-2 and Yorkshire fourth at 3-2. Premiership South: The London Warriors lead the South with a 6-0 record with the Blitz at second at 5-0. Bristol is third (4-1) and South Wales fourth at 3-3.

Holland

The defending champion Alphen Eagles have now made it three in a row beating the Amsterdam Crusaders 14-12 in the Dutch championship, Tulip Bowl XXX.

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Roger Kelly
Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.
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