Swarco Raiders Capture First Superfinal Title

swarcpAustria’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.

superfinalWith 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.

Thanks to American Football International for their incredible coverage of American football stories from around the world.

 

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Potsdam Royals edge Milano in a Thriller; Swarco repeats as Champs

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Mliano WR Xavier Mitchell scored 4 TDs in a losing effort

European Football League Final:  Potsdam Royals 43, Milano Seamen 42

Germany’s Potsdam Royals overcame a fourth quarter, two touchdown deficit and added the winning two point conversion with 22 seconds left to defeat the Milano Seamen 43-42 in Milano, Italy and win the European Football League, EFL, title.

Royals quarterback Austin Gahafer completed 31 of 48 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns while running back Tyvis Smith scored three touchdowns. Wide receiver Frederik Myrup Nielsen caught 11 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown while Max Zimmerman had eight receptions for 121 yards and a score. The other touchdown was scored by David Soul.

In the fourth quarter, after a 78 yard drive which included a fourth down conversion in their own zone, the Royals scored with Smith rushing for a seven yard touchdown. With the score 42-41 the Royals elected to go for the win. On the first two-point conversion attempt, Smith scored but a holding call nullified the two points. The next attempt, with 22 seconds on the clock was successful and Potsdam held a 43-42 lead.

Milano had one final shot at winning the game but the Royals blocked their 60-yard attempt as time expired.

Central European Football League Bowl XII:  Swarco Raiders 49, Istanbul Koc Rams 20

With 4,000 fans looking on a Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, the Swarco Raiders defeated the Istanbul Koc Rams from Turkey 49-20 to capture CEFL Bowl XIII and repeat as CEFL champions.

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Swarco RB Platzgummer (7) ran wild for the Raiders scoring 4 TDs.

Sandro Platzgummer led the Raiders with four touchdowns in the game as the Raiders broke open a tense football game in the second half.

Trailing 28-14 at halftime, the Rams came out in the second half with Quarterback David Whipple marching his team to the Swarco 15 yard line before connecting with Kaan Özer to narrow the lead to 28-20.

That was as close as they got. The rains came and so did Platzgummer. In a sudden heavy downpour, Platzgummer was unstoppable in the second half reeling off touchdown runs of 10 and 70 yards. Then he scored on an amazing 45 yard punt return, breaking four tackles and leaving would-be tacklers flailing their arms and sealing the final score, 49-20.