The Schw.Hall Unicorns gave it their all in last nights German Bowl. In front of about 13 thousand at Jahn Sportspark in Berlin the New Yorker Lions had the task of defending their 2013 championship. The game quickly got out of hand for Hall, after a field goal by F.Brenner. The Lions was first put on the scoreboard with a 12 yard TD run by McCants. The Unicorns seemed to not be in this game at all , with one of the leagues best rushing attacks Hall was held to only 48 yards. All 48 racked up by Sims. QB Mark Ehrenfried was a decent 17-28 what killed him was the 3 ints he tossed up to Lion defenders. Lions Tberriault had similar numbers going 18-28 with 0 picks for 210 yards. With only 1 touchdown through the air 6 came by ground. Dave McCants had 3 of those 6 as he had a very productive night with 12 rushes for 56 yards. Mike Andrew added 11 for 36 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushing leader QB Casey Therriault picked up 97 yards on 6 carries and added a td to the mix. The Lions out rushed the Unicors 195 to 48. Dable would be the Lions most productive receiver hauling in 7 catches for 79 yards and a td. Defense would be the dominating factor for the Lions, Homri lead the attack with 7 tackles and a interception. 2 more big interceptions came from Ihi and Lebeau who also had a big fumble recovery. The Lions reached the red zone 7 times and capitalize 7 times all with touchdowns, the Unicorns on the other hand would be 1-1 scoring only a field goal. this year’s German Bowl displayed the strength of the North compared to the South. The Lions have found a formula that works and they’ve continued to build with these same ingredients. And from the looks of things will continue to build. In my opinion if the Lions stay with the same structure they will be champs for the next 3 seasons. Hall is seen as the strongest team in the South Division and they were dominated so the South as a hole must step up the competition. The North Division is a tad bit stronger with teams like Dreaden, Berlin and Kiel all being strong competitors. This offseason will be big in terms of what teams do to compete with the Lions in 2015.
The New Yorker Lions are the defending champs of the GFL and has stormed through the GFL regular season and the playoffs with ease heading into German Bowl 36 in Berlin. They led the league in just about every category like scoring offense, scoring defense, overall defense,rushing defense and including perhaps the most important of all turn-overs which the Lions lead also. The Lions created twice as many turnovers as the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns who finished 2nd.Hall got off to a slow start this season added a new system to the team as well as having key injuries to top performers.
The Unicorns got back on track after the break once every one got healthy. Relaying on workhorse Marcus Sims Hall took off on a 14 game win streak and Sims was a very big part racking up 170 yards a game. Schwabisch Hall is a very fundelmental team that execute plays better than anyone. But Sims and his gound force may have a hard time facing a front 7 most see as the best in Europe. But the Lions back end my have their hands full with Hall’s Wr’s Will Powell and 6’7 Aurieus Adeqbesan who is seen as a mismath for any DB he faces.
The offense of the Lions has also been one to fear this season led by QB Casey Therriault who makes things happen. Casey is a persetion passer that puts the ball on point and with one of the most feared Wr duo’s in th GFL with the French connection Niklas Romer and Anthony Dable. The Lions also have one of the best backfeilds in all of Europe with Sven Rsemann a good all around back, Michael Andrew the best that pounds at the D and then quick and shifty Dave McCants. This will be a game you dont want to miss so tune in Saturday and 6pm German time 12noon(EST) to Eurosport and Eurosport2.
Just before Christmas, the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns can already announce the first two Americans for the 2014 GFL season. Running back Marcus Sims and Safety Cody Pastorino venture next spring the jump across the pond.
“I am sure that we have landed with these two players a absolute hit,” said offensive coordinator Jordan Neuman, who has since taken over the main part of the recruitment work among the coaches Haller says. When choosing were the wide-ranging contacts of the Unicorns coaches of use: Pastorino was first with Neuman’s old club from Vienna in contact, Sims was recommended by former players Fritz Waldvogel and Xavier Mas. The former French international Mas played in 2002 in Hall, for some time it gives college players to Europe. Waldvogel, who won in 2012 with the Unicorns the German Bowl, comes from the same area as Sims and met him in joint college recruiting visits know.
While bird then landed at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, Marcus Sims opted for the University of South Dakota. At this school the second highest college level he was in his last two years (2011 and 2012) each of the leading ball carrier of his team, he brought it to a total of 1598 yards. In his high school years he also ran track and field and was among other things the 100 meters in 10.8 seconds. In the summer of 2013 he attempted to land in the Canadian professional league CFL, fortunately for the Unicorns without success.
Cody Pastorino comes from Willamette University in Oregon, which plays in the Northwest Conference, among others, along with Linfield, home to four Unicorns-Americans in recent years. In this Conference he was elected to the 2011 and 2012 All-Star team, 2012, he even became the third All-American College Division. In addition to his strengths in pass defense he made primarily known as a specialist while negating kicks. With seven blocked kicks he holds the school record at Willamette. Josh Scott, the Special Teams Coordinator of the Willamette Bearcats, Pastorino referred to as “best special teamer, we have ever had.” The season just ending they had Pastorino as linebackers coach at his old university.