The Berlin Adler takes the first ever Big6 Crown!!
With an enthusiastic home-town crowd at Berlin’s Jahn-Stadium, the Berlin Adler won Eurobowl XXVIII in a hard-fought 20-17 victory over the top team in Europe, the Braunschweig Lions, and were crowned the first ever BIG6 champion. This was new Adler head coach Kim Kuci’s first title and the team’s second Eurobowl championship since 2010. Playing in scorching (86 F) degree heat.
Adler receiver D. Gonzalez opened the scoring, hauling in an 8 yard pass from University of Mizzou quarterback Darius Outlaw, the game’s MVP. But on the following drive Braunschweig countered with a 27 yard touchdown pass from quarterback James Peterson to Anthony Dablé. In the second quarter, Berlin controlled the clock hanging on to the ball for more than 8 minutes., not allowing the Lions’ offense to get on the field. Nevertheless, after a field goal each, the two teams ended in a 10-10 tie at the half.
In the second half the Adler defense asserted itself. After a fumbled snap from Peterson, Berlin’s Talib Wise recovered the ball and six plays later ran into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown. Adler star receiver Conrad Meadows was a key to the drive picking up 40 yards to bring the ball deep into Lions’ territory.
On the very next Lions’ possession they turned the ball over again as Peterson was picked off by Adler defensive back Sebastian Karl in the end zone.
In the last quarter the Adler extended the lead to two scores with a 43 yard field goal from Phillip Andersen. With four minutes to play, momentum seemed to shift once more when Dablé scored his second touchdown of the day on a 32 yard pass from Peterson. Then, Darius Outlaw made one of his very few mistakes as he was picked off by Braunschweig defensive back Christian Petersen. But this was when the Adler defense stepped up, not allowing another first down in the game .
Strangely, Braunschweig generated more total yards (291 yards v. 224 yards from Berlin), but they were unable to beat the Berlin red zone defense. Turnovers and penalties truly were a difference in the game.
This was the inaugural EFAF Big6 championship. And Berlin proved that in big games they are very tough to beat.