Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – August 6th, 2014


North:  The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions saved their firepower for the second half in defeating Dresden 49-34. Down 24-14 at the half, the Lions proceeded to score five second half touchdowns. Quarterback  Casey Therriault accounted for five (two rushing and three passing) on his own. The Cologne Falcons (Europe #7) tightened their hold on a playoff spot beating the Berlin Rebels 44-14. The Kiel Baltic Hurricanes took a 21-7 lead on the Berlin Adler and held on in the second half to win 21-20. With four games to go, the Adler will have to battle every week against teams above them in playoff position. Braunschweig still leads the North at 7-0, followed by Kiel (6-3), Cologne (5-2) and Dresden at 5-3. Berlin sits in fifth with a 4-4 record. 

South:  The Schwabisch Hall  Unicorns (Europe #6), led by running back Marcus Sims’ 257 yards rushing and five touchdowns, pounded the previously unbeaten Stuttgart Scorpions 48-28. But the game was still in doubt until the Unicorns scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to put it away. The Marburg Mercenaries (Europe #18) had no trouble with the Franken Knights defeating them 42-14. The Munich Cowboys earned a much-needed win over the Allgäu Comets beating them 25-22. Finally, the Saarland Hurricanes jumped out to a 20-0 first half lead and then hung on against the Rhein-Neckar Bandits to beat them 28-27.  Stuttgart still leads the South at 9-1, with the Unicorns second at 9-2. The Marburg Mercenaries remain third at 7-2 while Saarland holds on to fourth place at 5-5.

Great Britain

Premiership North:  The Sheffield Predators  upended the winless Doncaster Mustangs 28-8 to stay close to the last playoff spot in the North. Tamworth Pheonix moved into a tie with the East Kilbride Pirates beating the Yorkshire Rams 32-13. The Lancashire Wolverines  overwhelmed the Gateshead Senators 63-0 to stay ahead of the Coventry Jets in the standings.    So the East Kilbride Pirates and the  Tamworth Phoenix are tied for first both with 8-0 records. Lancashire jumped up into a third place tie with Coventry, as they both have 5-3 records.

Premiership South: Only one game was played as the Bristol Aztecs defeated Colchester 57-0.  The London Warriors lead the South with an 8-0 record with the Blitz in second at 6-1. The idle Bristol Aztecs remain solidly in third at 6-1 while the London Olympians occupy fourth at 3-3.

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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.