Calanda Broncos win 2nd straight Swiss title

The Calanda Broncos captured their second consecutive Swiss title and ninth overall after defeating the Geneva Seahawks 44-12 in Swiss Bowl XXXIII this past weekend in Bern, Switzerland.

Behind the superb play of quarterback Clark Evans, who was named game MVP, the Broncos took a 23-0 halftime lead and then cruised to a comfortable win.

Evans threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 115 yards and scoring two touchdowns himself. Adrian Suenderhauf (2) and Lukas Lütscher caught touchdown passes while  Marco Mahrer  returned a botched Geneva punt for a touchdown. Phelippe Hatt kicked a field goal and added five extra points.  Defensive back Flavio Gisler had two interceptions for Calanda and Mahrer and Alex Raic had one each.

Calanda QB Clark Evans Photo: Sergio Brunetti

For Geneva, quarterback JJ Tomlin threw one touchdown pass  to receiver Matteo Horber while Horber threw another to Kevin Saibou to account for the Seahawks scoring.

Calanda started slowly coming away from the first quarter with a 3-0 lead on a 29 yard field goal by Hart.

Evans kicked the offense into gear in the second quarter finding Suenderhauf for a 17 yard touchdown and then scoring himself from 22 yards out to take a 16-0 lead.

Calanda RB Tino Muggwyler Photo: Sergio Brunetti

Evans then connected with Suenderhauf for a 19 yards touchdown late in the first half to increase the lead to 23-0 at the break.

The third quarter saw Geneva respond with a trick scoring play in the third quarter as wide receiver Matteo Horber hauled in a behind-the-line -of- scrimmage pass from Tomlin and then tossed it to a sprinting Kevin Saibou who raced  the rest of the way to score a 61 yard touchdown and narrow the lead to 23-6. But Mahrer recovered a fumble on a Geneva punt return and carried it into the end zone for a touchdown to increase the lead to 30-6.

The Seahawks responded on the next possession as Tomlin engineered a beiutiful 78 yard touchdown drive capping it with a two yard touchdown pass to Horber early in the fourth quarter.

Evans marched the Broncos 70 yards on the next series, finishing the drive with a four yard touchdown to extend the lead to 37-12.

Late in the game, Evans struck again, this time finding a streaking Lütscher for a 73 yard touchdown to seal the win.

With the victory, Calanda capped an undefeated season in Switzerland.

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