Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – August 14th, 2014


North:  The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions continued to roll through the GFL dominating the Cologne Falcons 49-13 after being up 35-7 at the half. Quarterback Casey Therriault threw for 294 yards and five touchdowns with passes to seven different receivers. He leads the league in passing efficiency.The Berlin Rebels enjoyed their first win of the year defeating the win-less Dusseldorf Panther 34-29.

Braunschweig leads the North still with an 8-0 record. Kiel (Europe #3) remains in second at 6-3 with Dresden (Europe #4) in third at 5-3 and Cologne (Europe #12) in fourth, also at 5-3.

South:  The Schwabisch Hall  Unicorns (Europe #6), had an easy time beating up on the Rhein-Neckar Bandits 56-22. Marcus Sims had another field day, rushing for 171 yards and three touchdowns. His performance was matched however, by Rhein-Neckar running back Eric Walton who lumbered for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the losing cause. The Stuttgart Scorpions (Europe #9) clung to first in the South by edging the Munich Cowboys 21-20. The Allgäu Comets won their third game of the year beating the winless Franken Knights 44-35. Finally, the Marburg Mercenaries (Europe #14) only gained 12 first downs but still managed to beat the Saarland Hurricanes 21-12.

Stuttgart still leads the South at 10-1, with the Unicorns second at 10-2. The Marburg Mercenaries remain third at 8-2 while Saarland holds on to fourth place at 5-6.

Great Britain

Premiership North:  In a battle of the two top teams in the North, the East Kilbride Pirates outlasted the Tamworth Phoenix 14-7 which was not as much of a defensive struggle as the score may suggest. There was plenty of fireworks but neither team could penetrate the red zone. In other action, the Yorkshire Rams defeated the Nottingham Ceasers 25-0 to stay in sight of the fourth playoff spot in the North. Finally, the Lancashire Wolverines beat the Sheffield Predators 18-6.  So the East Kilbride Pirates have now taken over first place in the North at 9-0 with the victory over Tamworth (8-1) and the Phoenix drop down to second. Lancashire remains in third at 6-3 and the Coventry Jets are sitting in fourth with a 5-3 record.

Premiership South: Two games were played in the South. The London Blitz encountered stiff resistance from the Bristol Aztecs, finally beating them 28-14. In the other game, the London Olympians blanked the South Wales Warriors 26-0, giving them breathing room in the fourth and final playoff spot.  The London Warriors (Europe #20) lead the South with an 8-0 record with the Blitz in second at 7-1. The Bristol Aztecs are still in third at 6-2 while the London Olympians occupy fourth at 4-3.


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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.