The playoffs in the Danish National League kick off Saturday, September 21 with the first place and defending champion Copenhagen Towers playing host to the fourth place Aalborg 89ers at Gentofte Stadion in Copenhagen.
The 89ers demolished the Aarhus Tigers 60-34 last weekend in the Wild Card Playoffs, to advance to face the Towers.
In the only meeting between the two this season, the Towers had no trouble downing Aalborg 52-36. This is familiar territory for these two teams as they met in last year’s semifinals with the Towers dominating, beating Aalborg 49-18.
Towers quarterback Danny Higgins from Bridgewater State University is the third leading passer in the league averaging just under 200 yards a game while running back Ashton Heard from North Greenville University averaged just over 100 yards rushing a game. His running mate Anton Witmeur who rushed for 1,173 yards in the regular season to lead the league, gives Copenhagen a powerful one-two punch in the backfield. The trio powered Copenhagen into the highest scoring offense in the league with a per game average of 49.3 points.
However, the Towers defense was the key, giving up just 162 points in nine games, by far the best record in Denmark this year.
The 89ers offense is humming with running back Breon Allen who scored three touchdowns in the Wild Card win over Aarhus. Allen, who was second in rushing with 1,083 yards in eight games creates matchup problems on every play. Aalborg quarterback Alexander Kronborg is one of the most prolific passers in Denmark this year and led the league averaging 304 yards passing a game. His leading receiver, Mads Christiansen topped the country with 1,136 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns.
If Aalborg can keep the momentum from last week’s Wild Card playoff win and catch a napping Towers team, they have the weapons to surprise.