ELF: Frankfurt Galaxy climb above .500 after commanding win over the Cologne Centurions

This Sunday, the Frankfurt Galaxy improved to 4-3 with a dominant 46-14 victory over the Cologne Centurions, who have now lost five games in a row.

With the win, the Galaxy are plus .500 for the first time this season and are keeping pace with the second place Tirol Raiders in the ELF Central Division while Cologne continues to slide in the Southern division.

Frankfurt opened the scoring with a one-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Jakeb Sullivan, but the extra point was no good.  After Cologne answered back with a touchdown pass from Jan Weinreich to Jannik Loercks, the extra point gave them a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.  The Galaxy added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, before the Centurions added a touchdown with about a minute left in the first half, as the score became 20-14 at the break.  The second half was a completely different story, though, as the Galaxy outscored the Centurions 26-0 to make the final score 46-14.

Frankfurt had a very well-rounded performance on both sides of the ball, as they easily won both the yardage battle and the turnover battle.  Quarterback Jakeb Sullivan completed 25 of 37 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 28 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.  Marvin Rutsch was the leading receiver on the day, catching 12 passes for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while a new addition to the team, former NFL receiver Reece Horn, caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.  Running back Kai Hunter carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards and a score.  The Galaxy defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions.  Daniel Josiah intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach early in the 4th quarter, and Karim Ben El Ghali also recorded an interception.

Centurions quarterback Jan Weinreich had a tough day, as the German signal caller was under pressure all day from the Galaxy defensive front.  He recorded 20 completions on 36 attempts for 189 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.  Four Centurion receivers had at least 40 yards, including Jan Loercks, who led the way with 65 yards and a touchdown.  The defense, which has struggled all season, had another rough day, especially as they became tired in the second half.  The one highlight was an interception from Chad Walrond.

After a bye week, each team will be back in action on July 31st.  The Galaxy travel to Poland for a matchup with the Wroclaw Panthers, while the Centurions look to stop their slide against the Berlin Thunder.

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.