PREVIEW: Game of the Week in Germany – Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns v. Allgau Comets

This week in Germany, two undefeated teams – the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns and the Allgau Comets – in a battle which will determine first place in the South division in the German Football League.

The Comets have been the surprise of the season so far reeling off three straight victories in German league play while also demolishing the competition in European Football League action. They have not been scored upon in Germany and top the GFL in that category. They are averaging almost 30 points a game putting them fifth in Germany for offense. They are aiming to start the season 6-0.

Germany - Allgau v. RN Bandits

Allgau quarterback Cedric Townsend is a veteran signal caller in Germany and leads the league in passing yardage with 744 while also ranking 10th overall in rushing yardage. Receiver Christian Hafels tops Germany in reception yardage averaging 120 yards per game while also scoring five touchdowns. Defensive back Cody Smith is the linchpin of a stingy defensive secondary which has only allowed 100 yards passing per game.

The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns are averaging 35.5 points per game on offense, good for second in the league, and are led by German national team quarterback Marco Ehrenfried. Ehrenfried has thrown for 444 yards in two games and eight touchdowns and ranks second in Germany in passing efficiency.

Germany - Schwabisch Hall v.Vienna

Defensively, the Unicorns are third in the league in overall defense having allowed eight points a game in their two contests. Defensive end Thomas Rauch anchors a tough defensive line and has already recorded three sacks, placing him fourth overall in Germany. Linebacker Kyle Voss, who was on the roster of the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL in 2014, has been tough against the run and in the secondary as well and has already recorded an interception.

The Unicorns won both games against Allgau in 2014, 53-27 and 42-36 and made it all the way to the German championship game where they lost to the New Yorker Lions. The Comets, on the other hand finished the season with a 6-8 record and out of the German playoffs.

Kickoff is at 5 PM (German time) at Hagenbach Stadium in Schwäbisch Hall.


Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.