Team Germany was the heavy favorite in their opening game against Switzerland Friday in the IFAF Paris European Junior Qualifying tournament and they showed it by in beating the Swiss 51-0 in Almere, Holland to advance to face Spain the final on Sunday.
Spain also moved on to the final but it was not as easy as they downed the Dutch Junior Lions 14-6.
German quarterback Moritz Johannknecht threw two touchdown passes and starter Leo Kober threw one in the German win. Receiver Tobias Nill caught two touchdown passes, one from each quarterback, while Maurice Fürbacher and Norman Schumm caught one touchdown pass apiece. Running backs Jeremia Böhmann and Luis Bendel also scored while Christian Honig kicked three field goals and six extra points to lead all scorers.
Germany took a 27-0 halftime lead after scoring three first quarter touchdowns. Switzerland’s defense stiffened in the second quarter after being overwhelmed in the first, forcing the field goals.However, the Germany onslaught continued in the third. Nill scored the final touchdown with 20 seconds left.
In the evening game Friday, Spain jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and then held on for the win. Holland managed to score with five minutes left in the game to avoid the shutout. Spanish running backs Daniel Moreno and Eduard Molina each scored touchdowns while Juan Ruiz added the extra points
Shawn Hendrix hauled in a 54 yard pass from Gianluca Atmowerdojo for Holland to account for the Dutch scoring.
The final between Germany and Team Spain will be played Sunday, June 4 at 11 am. The bronze medal game between Holland and Switzerland is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday.
Photos: Sergio Brunetti