ELF: Cologne Centurions take on the Frankfurt Galaxy in a must win game

The European League of Football season rolls on in week 7 as the 2-4 Cologne Centurions travel southeast to Frankfurt to take on the 3-3 Galaxy this Sunday.  

After starting off the season with two straight wins, the Centurions have lost four games in a row, and desperately need a win to turn their season around.  One of those losses came June 25th, when they lost to the Galaxy at home by a score of 48-12.  In that contest, Frankfurt rushed out to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter.  After a touchdown from Cologne, Frankfurt responded with 29 consecutive points to run away with the game.  Now, the Centurions are faced with the task of going on the road and staying competitive with the same team that dominated them just three weeks ago. 


After opening the season by scoring 89 points over their first two games, Cologne has managed just 54 over their last four.  Meanwhile, their defense has been consistently subpar throughout the season, though they managed to hold the Rhein Fire to just 17 points last week.  The defense will need to bring that same level of play to Frankfurt on Sunday if the team has any hope of staying in the game.

The Galaxy finally gets to play a home game after playing three games in a row on the road.  Last week, they took down the Stuttgart Surge 26-20.  As the Surge were 0-5 coming into the game, the score was closer than many were expecting, but perhaps that could be attributed to Frankfurt’s fatigue from playing several road games in a short period of time.  After going down 17-7 at halftime, the Galaxy rallied to tie the game and send it into overtime, where a touchdown pass from Jakeb Sullivan to Lorenz Regler gave them the victory.  Now, with another favorable matchup on their hands this week, Frankfurt has a good chance of building  a winning streak and getting above .500 in the second half of the season.  

This is the part of the season where the best teams are separated from the pack, and the bottom teams fall out of contention.  As such, games like these are critical in the playoff hunt.

A current student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carter played football in high school and has been a lifelong avid football fan.