New Yorker Lions dominate in win over Dresden Monarchs

The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions remained undefeated and sent a crowd of 3,800 home delighted as they dominated the previously unbeaten Dresden Monarchs in marching to a 47-7 win Saturday.

Quarterback Casey Therriault was masterful throwing three touchdown passes and running another one in himself to lead Braunschweig. Running back David McCants scored two touchdowns and receiver Niklas Römer had two touchdown catches while Robin Papke and Nathaniel Morris each caught touchdown passes. Backup quarterback Tom van Duijn also threw a touchdown pass.

Dresden’s lone touchdown came on an interception return by Kweishi Brown.

The battle between the two unbeaten teams was over early it seemed as the Lions, wearing their road uniforms, jumped out to a 27-0 lead midway through the second quarter on touchdowns by McCants, Therriault and Römer. Desden’s offense was completely stymied as quarterback Garrett Safron was under relentless pressure from the Lions front seven.

New Yorker Lions RB David McCants breaks away for one of his two TDs. Photo: Fabian Uebe

Kweishi Brown gave the Monarchs a glimmer of hope late in the first half, picking off Therriault and returning it 60 yards to narrow the lead to 27-7.

However, that hope was dashed on the first series of the second half as it took the Lions only two plays to find the end zone again. McCants found a seam and ran for 38 yards. Then Therriault hit Römer on a beautiful 37 yard route and the lead jumped to 33-7.

Morris hauled in a 13 yard touchdown pass from Therriault to up the lead to 40-7 and Papke rounded off the scoring for Braunschweig on a 25 yard touchdown pass from van Duijn.

Defensive standouts for the Lions included Jacob Schridde and Roni Salonen who hounded Safron the entire game.

With the win, the Lions remain in first place with a 4-0 record followed by the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes and Berlin Rebels, also with 4-0 records. Dresden drops into fourth at 3-1 with a key matchup looming this weekend against Kiel. Braunschweig’s next game is at home to the Rebels on June 18.



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.