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The top three teams in the GFL North all notched up victories this week, tightening their grips on the playoff places. Berlin Adler secured a 21-39 win on the road in Dresden thanks to a dominant performance from quarterback Alex Good. He ran for 101 yards and 3 touchdowns, in addition to a pair of passing touchdowns. Receiver Conrad Meadows provided a great target for Good, catching 8 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.
As predicted, Kiel dominated the top versus bottom clash against the Hamburg Blue Devils. Despite a slow start, they put together a 0-49 victory with a combination of rushing from Trevar Deed and a catching master class from the former Luebeck Cougars trio of Philipp Jareschewski and the Dohrendorf brothers (Julian and Philipp). Between them they caught four touchdowns from quarterback Jeff Welsh to help the Baltic Hurricanes extend their lead at the top.
In the final GFL North match this week, Dusseldorf took revenge on Luebeck following their tied game last week. The Panther were able to able to share carries in a deep backfield, amassing a team total of 230 yards on the ground. In the air, the partnership of quarterback Robert Demers and receiver Estrus Crayton combined for 7 catches and 143 yards, producing 3 touchdowns. The Panther now move a further game ahead of fourth placed Dresden. With Berlin Rebels knocking on the door, the three-way battle for the two final playoff spots is going to be fantastic.
Schwabisch Hall continued their quest to defend their GFL title with a 61-45 victory over Marburg. Jake Spitzlberger’s 6 touchdowns proved too much for the Mercenaries, who were buried by half time. A second half resurgence proved too little too late for the visitors and they remain delicately poised in fourth place ahead of Franken.
Rhein-Neckar’s 19-37 victory over Stuttgart helped to put some distance between the second and third placed teams. Marco Ehrenfried was once again on fantastic form, throwing 4 touchdowns to add to the seven he had last week. Thomas Schneider was unable to match his opponent. Despite completing 23 passes, he was unable to find any receivers in the endzone.
The final game this week caused a reshuffle at the bottom of the table, as Wiesbaden leapfrogged Saarland with a 10-16 victory on the road against their relegation rivals. Saarland now slip to seventh and are within striking distance of Munich, who remain only one game behind. Wiesbaden now have three victories this year and that should be sufficient to ensure their survival.
Author: Ric Hennessy