Here are some stories from American Football being played around the world:
AUSTRIA: With four games left in the 2017 regular season in the Austrian Football League, there is a new/old rushing leader as Mödling Rangers QB Dylan Potts has regained the lead in the week-to-week battle with fellow quarterback Garrett Safron of the Dacia Vienna Vikings. Ljubljana Silverhawks quarterback Zach Cavanaugh holds onto the passing yardage lead and for the second week in a row Rangers wideout Roman Namdar still tops all receivers. The surprising SonicWall Mödling Rangers have five players among the Top 5 in the four categories while the Traun Steelsharks and Ljubljana Silverhawks have four each. Then comes the Dacia Vienna Vikings with three, the Projekt Spielberg Graz Giants with two and the Swarco Raiders and Bratislava Monarchs with one each.
CROATIA: The newest member of the Croatian American Football League, the undefeated Zaprešić Saints will take on the defending champion Split Sea Wolves in CroBowl VI Saturday in Zaprešić. In the only game between the two during the regular season, the Saints edged Split 20-18 in a thriller. Zaprešić quarterback Marko Miletic threw a touchdown pass to Dominik Hadrovic with less than a minute remaining in the game for the win. The Sea Wolves won the title in 2016 beating the Osijek Cannons.
FRANCE: The La Courneuve Flash scored on their first two possessions and went on to defeat the Saint-Ouen-L’Aumône Cougars 43-12 in a crucial game in the race for playoff spots in France’s FFFA – Fédération Française de Football Américain. With the win, the Flash improve to 6-2 with two games left in the season and now sit in second in the standings behind the 7-1 Thonon Black Panthers. Saint-Ouen falls to 4-3-1 and in fifth place and in danger of missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Cougars won back-to-back French titles in 2015 and 2016. Flash quarterback Paul Durand threw five touchdown passes, two each to Kevin Mwamba and Stéphane Fortes and one to Mickael Doukoure. A fumble recovery for a touchdown and a field goal by Matthieu Lamy accounted for the other points for la Courneuve.
GERMANY: The Allgäu Comets won their first game of the German Football League season Sunday against the Ingolstadt Dukes 52-42, but they also made history doing so, setting records and stirring up a firestorm of interest. Comets quarterback Justin Sottilare broke his own German Football League record for pass attempts in the game by throwing 84 passes. His previous record was 69 when he was playing for the Saarland Hurricanes in 2014.
ITALY: The Milano Seamen and Milano Rhinos each have four total representatives in the four categories followed by the Lazio Ducks, Parma Panthers and Firenze Guelfi who have three each. The Ancona Dolphins follow with two while the Torino Giaguari now have one representative. The Milano Seamen lead the league standings with a 8-0 record followed by the 7-1 Parma Panthers, 6-2 Bolzano Giants and the Guelfi who are at 4-4 and in fourth.
SPAIN: The Murcia Cobras and Badalona Dracs, Europe #15, have advanced to the 2018 Spanish Bowl after winning their semifinal games last weekend. The Dracs showed no mercy in trouncing Madrid’s Osos Rivas while Murcia were pushed to the limit against a stubborn LF OLED Black Demons squad. The defending Spanish champions, Badalona Dracs, were merciless against Osos Rivas from Madrid who were playing without their all star quarterback Gabe Losada. Losada was injured in the quarterfinals. Without Losada, Osos were simply outgunned by the powerful Dracs squad. With Sergi Gonzalo directing the offense, Brandon Ravenel scored twice on pass receptions while Lorenzo Melchiorre scored two on the ground. Melchiorre also threw touchdown passes to Guillem Garcia. Albert Pascual scored another touchdown on a pick six. With the win, Badalona will be making its 16th appearance in the Spanish championship game and sixth consecutive. The Dracs have won the title nine times and will be seeking their third straight.
SWEDEN: The Göteborg Marvels snapped a three game losing streak by edging the Uppsala 86ers 8-7 and earned their first win of the 2018 season in the Swedish Superserien. With the win, the Marvels climbed out of the basement in the standings with Uppsala now trailing them. Marvels starting running back Gerard Johnson turned into the hero of the game for Göteborg as he was pressed into service at quarterback, scoring his team’s only touchdown. He also threw for 89 yards. Starter Jonathan Anderson struggled and was replaced at halftime after throwing for 84 yards but also two interceptions on consecutive drives. Alpha Jalloh scored the all-important two point conversion.
TURKEY: The Turkish American Football League kicks off its 2018 season this weekend as American football keeps growing in popularity in Turkey. The eight-team league has been dominated in recent years by the Koc Rams who won the title in 2017 and have not lost a regular season game in Turkey since 2012. The Rams have won the last two championships and with new head coach John Booker are aiming for another title this season with the addition of several imports. The Rams have signed quarterback David Whipple from Miles College along with two Swedish national team players, DB Nicholas Peterson and OL Eric Blomgren.
Europe’s Top 20 Poll
- Schwabisch Hall Unicorns (Germany)
- Braunschweigh NY Lions (Germany)
- Helsinki Roosters (Finland)
- Vienna Vikings (Austria)
- Tirol Swarco Raiders (Austria)
- Frankfurt Universe (Germany)
- Carlstad Crusaders (Sweden)
- Dresden Monarchs (Germany)
- Milano Seamen (Italy)
- Berlin Rebels (Germany)
- Calanda Broncos (Switzerland)
- Wroclaw Panthers (Poland)
- Marburg Mercenaries (Germany)
- Cologne Crocodiles (Germany)
- Badalona Dracs (Spain)
- Copenhagen Towers (Denmark)
- Potsdam Royals (Germany)
- Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (Germany)
- Prague Black Panthers (Czech)
- Koc Rams (Turkey)