ELF: Rhein Fire looking to knock off Frankfurt Galaxy to reach post season

The Rhein Fire look to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they host another playoff contender in the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Jim Tomsula’s team secured a much-needed win last week when the Fire took down the Istanbul Rams in Turkey by a score of 50-32. The offense was charged by quarterback Jadrian
Clark’s huge day. The American import completed 28 of 38 passes for 514 yards and seven touchdowns in a phenomenal performance. In addition, receiver Timothy Knuettel had
perhaps the most impressive game by a receiver in the league this season, catching 15 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Harlan Kwofie also chipped in with six catches for 129 yards and a score. This week, though, the Fire will not be able to put up such jaw-dropping numbers, as the Galaxy defense is much stouter.

These Central Conference rivals met back in week 1, which resulted in a 29-26 victory for the Fire. Tied at 26, the game rested on the foot of kicker Daniel Schumacher, who made a 29 yard field goal with 7 seconds left to put his team ahead for good. The loss was an early setback for Frankfurt, who sputtered a little to start the season after winning the championship last season.

However, they have found their form as of late, winning four games in a row, including a 42-8 upset victory over the previously undefeated Vienna Vikings last year. This stretch has
drastically improved their playoff odds, as they are now in the heart of the playoff race. The Galaxy and Fire are two of five teams that are battling for the only wild card spot. Four of
the five teams, including the Galaxy, have a 6-3 record. The Fire are the only team at 5-4, meaning they have the longest shot to make the playoffs. However, it is still possible for them to
make it in, but they will have to beat Frankfurt on Sunday to stay alive. With so much on the line, this game will be very exciting to watch

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.