Finland’s Helsinki Roosters stage last second rally to down Copenhagen Towers from Denmark

The Helsinki Roosters performed the two minute drill to perfection late in their game against Denmark’s Copenhagen Towers, scoring with 23 seconds left on the clock to beat the Towers 22-18 in European Club Team Competition (ECTC) play.

Copenhagen WR Philip Thun had scored with 1:47 on the clock to give the Towers an 18-15 lead. But Roosters quarterback Miro Kadmiry marched his team down to the Copenhagen one yard line and connected with WR Nnamdi Agude for the winning touchdown.

Prior to that, defenses had ruled the day, especially in the first half when the two teams combined for a total of eight points.

Towers quarterback Danny Higgins got his offense moving in the first quarter and connected with wide receiver Lasse Tor Hansen to give Copenhagen a 6-0 lead.

Photo: Per Falkeborg

The Roosters put their first points on the board courtesy of their special teams with Akseli Olin punting the ball deep into Copenhagen territory and the cover team forcing a safety.

Neither team could gain any momentum in the second quarter and the first half ended 6-2 in favor of Copenhagen.

Trailing early in the third quarter, the Roosters finally found the end zone as Kadmiry hit his leading receiver, Adam Connette on a crossing route to give Helsinki an 8-6 lead.

Higgins answered with a touchdown strike to Jacob Niemann Green and Copenhagen retook the lead 12-8.

Photo: Per Falkeborg

Helsinki added another touchdown, this time from Agude, to go back out in front 15-12, leading to the dramatics of the final two minutes of the game.

With just over six minutes on the clock, Higgins engineered a field-long drive, capping it with a one yard plunge with 1:47 on the clock to give Copenhagen an 18-15 lead.

Kadmiry then matched it with a drive of his own, again finding Agude  with 23 seconds left.

A last-gasp attempt by the Towers failed and Helsinki came away with a hard-fought 22-18 win.

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