Austria’s Swarco Raiders had already placed their championship trophy from winning the Central European Football League title and now they have added another with a convincing 45-20 win over Denmark’s Copenhagen Towers in the first Superfinal championship game which was played in front of a sellout crowd in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Superfinal was the culmination of a tournament which included the national champions from nine different countries: Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey and Russia as well as the Austrian runners up.
Raiders’ quarterback Sean Shelton threw three touchdown passes and ran two in himself while Patrick Donahue caught two touchdown passes and scored a third on a spectacular 90 yard interception return. Sandro Patzgummer also scored on a touchdown reception while Thomas Pichlmann kicked six PATs and a field goal.
The Raiders asserted their dominance in the first quarter as Shelton wasted no time on the very first drive marching his team to the Copenhagen 29 yard line before finishing by scampering in himself to open the scoring, 7-0.
With the Towers offense unable to move past midfield, Shelton again engineered a field-long drive which he also capped, this time with a nine yard touchdown run. Swarco’s defense continued to keep the Copenhagen offense in check but a third touchdown was nullified by a holding call so the Raiders settled for a 27 yard field goal from Pichlmann midway through the second quarter.
With the Raiders leading 17-0, Schroeder was finally able to get the Towers offense untracked, leading them into Raiders territory. He then connected with Thue on a 10 yard touchdown pass to narrow the lead to 17-7 at the break.
Swarco wide receiver Patrick Donahue displayed his full talents in the third quarter, first hauling in a 24 yard touchdown pass from Shelton. And then he picked off a Schroeder pass on his own 10 yard line and raced 90 yards for a game-changing touchdown. With the score now 31-13 for the Raiders, the Towers made a change at quarterback with Skyum replacing Schroeder. They were rewarded with a Skyum to Hansen 20 yard touchdown pass closing the gap to 31-13.
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