June 1, 2004 - National Football League Europa (NFLE)
NFL Europe聮s leading teams will go head to head in Week 10 action as the Berlin Thunder (8-1) plays host to the Frankfurt Galaxy (7-2) just six days before the German rivals clash for the third time in four weeks in World Bowl XII.
Prior to that June 12 championship showdown in Gelsenkirchen, the Thunder and Galaxy will be going all out to head into the title game on a winning note.
Berlin will be gunning to make league history as a victory over Frankfurt in Week 10 would see them tie the 1991 London Monarchs and 1995 Amsterdam Admirals as the only teams to record 9-1 regular season marks.
Sunday聮s action also sees the Amsterdam Admirals (4-5) play host to the Rhein Fire (3-6). With a home win to end the year, the Admirals can post a 5-5 mark, which would bring to a halt a streak of five losing seasons.
The Week 10 action begins on Saturday June 5 as the Cologne Centurions (3-6) visit the Scottish Claymores (2-7) at Glasgow聮s Hampden Park. Both teams will be playing for pride in the season finale.
WEEK TEN SCHEDULE
SATURDAY JUNE 5
Cologne Centurions at Scottish Claymores
Hampden Park, Glasgow, 2:00 p.m.
SUNDAY JUNE 6
Rhein Fire at Amsterdam Admirals
Amsterdam Admirals, Amsterdam ArenA, 3:00 p.m.
Frankfurt Galaxy at Berlin Thunder
Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, 4:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 聳 WEEK 9
OFFENSIVE 路 DAVID RIVERS 路 QB, Berlin
202 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 127.4 rating
Scored on 4-yard TD run
DEFENSIVE 路 DUSTIN COHEN 路 LB, Frankfurt
13 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
SPECIAL TEAMS 路 ALBERT JOHNSON 路 WR, Cologne
Scored on 73-yard punt return vs. Amsterdam
NATIONAL 路 SCOTT McCREADY 路 WR, Scotland
11 receptions for 52 yards
NEWS AND NOTES NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 2
COVER STORY (Continued)
WITH his team one win away from a place in the NFLEL history books, Berlin Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ is not about to let his World Bowl-bound team rest on its laurels.
He says: 聯We are still on an upward path and our goal is to keep getting better. We hope to do the same next week and then play for all the marbles the week after that.
聯We enjoyed a real character win coming from behind in Scotland and it was an important game for us because we want to keep this thing going.聰
In a week when he saw his starting quarterback return to the United States to attend to family matters and three of his top defensive linemen were placed on injured reserve, Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES was full of praise for his team after they ran out 20-14 overtime winners over the Rhein Fire.
He says: 聯When you lose three guys on the defensive front it takes a big bite out of you with all of them coming from the same position. But the defensive linemen played great at Rhein and put forth a real valiant effort.
聯The later you get into the season, the harder it is to come up with the wins. This victory in tough circumstances was extremely satisfying.聰
Sunday聮s other game sees the Rhein Fire visit the Amsterdam Admirals. After seeing his team lose for the third week in a row, Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK says: 聯It seemed at times like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Our mistakes really hurt us and you have to give Frankfurt credit 聳 they came to play and they had more than us. We will go back this week and work some more to get better.聰
The Admirals have the chance to reach .500 for the first time since 1998, when they went 7-3.
Head coach BART ANDRUS says: 聯We really went out and played hard and with a lot of heart last week. I would like to carry over the enthusiasm and willingness to work of our guys from last week to this week. I would like them to be determined to finish the season strong.聰
Kicking off the Week 10 action on Saturday will be the Scottish Claymores and Cologne Centurions, who will both be playing for pride at Hampden Park.
Claymores head coach JACK BICKNELL says: 聯I don聮t want to feel like this next week. I don聮t want to go home feeling as bad as I do right now. I聮m counting on our players to put in a good week of practice and then play well against Cologne.聰
Centurions head coach PETER VAAS says: 聯This is the end of an emotional year but there were a lot of positives to come out of this season. We are looking forward to playing an improving Claymores team. This is a great group of players I have coached this year.聰
World Bowl teams to take part in dress rehearsal for title game
THE travel arrangements to Gelsenkirchen have been completed and the team hotels are booked, but before the Berlin Thunder and Frankfurt Galaxy can turn their attention to World Bowl, the German rivals must face off in a Week 10 season finale on Sunday afternoon.
And fans wondering if the game at Berlin聮s Olympic Stadium is little more than a dress rehearsal for the championship showdown six days later would do well to listen to rookie head coaches RICK LANTZ and MIKE JONES, who both want victory in Week 10 to head into World Bowl on a high note.
The Thunder need one more regular season win to tie the best ever marks of 9-1 set by the 1991 London Monarchs and the 1995 Amsterdam Admirals.
Lantz says: 聯We get Frankfurt the next two weeks and we badly want to beat them both times. Our aim ever since we clinched a World Bowl berth has been to get better each week and continue on an upward path.聰
Jones adds: 聯We have one game left in the regular season so we still have to take care of our game against Berlin before we can start focusing on World Bowl.
聯Our priority is to take care of business against a good Berlin Thunder team in Week 10.聰
This weekend聮s game marks the fourth time in NFLEL history that World Bowl teams have met in Week 10. On each other occasion, one of the teams needed to win in order to reach the post-season.
In each previous Week 10 meeting between World Bowl-bound clubs, the winner in the regular season finale has lost in the championship game.
Here is a look at the other Week 10 matchups featuring teams who then met again in World Bowl:
Season Wk 10 Result WB Winner
1999 Barcelona 28-26 Frankfurt Frankfurt
1998 Frankfurt 20-17 Rhein Rhein
1991 Barcelona 20-17 London London
NFLEL FACTS: TD drought ends
WHEN Cologne Centurions German TE Werner Hippler scored on a 4-yard reception in Week 9, it brought to an end a lengthy touchdown drought for the national star. Hippler last scored a TD in Week 10 of the 1995 season while playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy against the Barcelona Dragons. Hippler caught 3 passes for 21 yards vs. Amsterdam 聳 his first receptions as a Centurion.
NEWS AND NOTES NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 3
Understudies shine on center stage in NFLEL Week 9 action
WHILE ROHAN DAVEY (New England Patriots) and J.T. O聮SULLIVAN (New Orleans Saints) have been grabbing the headlines for the Berlin Thunder and Frankfurt Galaxy respectively this season, Week 9 proved both clubs have key depth at the quarterback position.
With O聮Sullivan back in the United States due to a family emergency and with Davey proving ineffective in the first half against the Scottish Claymores, understudies KIRK FARMER (Kansas City Chiefs) and DAVID RIVERS moved onto center stage and shone in the spotlight.
Farmer led the Galaxy to a 20-14 overtime defeat of the Rhein Fire by completing 8 of 20 passes for 127 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 95.2 quarterback rating.
Farmer threw a 37-yard TD pass to TE CHAD HAYES in the first half and then won the game for the Galaxy in overtime with a 32-yard strike to WR DERRICK LEWIS.
Rivers entered the game at Scotland聮s Hampden Park with the Thunder trailing 13-0 to the hometown Claymores just before halftime.
He sparked the Thunder to life by scoring on a 4-yard quarterback draw and then went on to complete 18 of 24 attempts for 202 yards, 2 touchdowns and a QB passer rating of 127.4.
Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ said: 聯I thought David Rivers played a very good game for us today and gave us the lift we needed to get back into the contest.
聯I wanted to play our other quarterbacks because I feel we have true depth at that position. I think we have the best three quarterbacks in the league in Rohan Davey, David Rivers and MARC DUNN (Kansas City Chiefs).聰
Rivers was named NFLEL Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Claymores.
NFLEL FACTS: Record high
THE league-leading Berlin Thunder and Frankfurt Galaxy are guaranteed to go into World Bowl XII in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday June 12 with a combined regular season record of 16-4. That would be the best combined record of any two teams in the championship game since the NFL Europe League re-formed in 1995. The previous best in that time was 15-5 in 1995 by the Amsterdam Admirals (9-1) and Frankfurt Galaxy (6-4). The best ever in league history was 17-3 in 1991 (London Monarchs 9-1, Barcelona Dragons 8-2).
Hicks moves closer to single season touchdown record
BY SCORING on a 2-yard run during his team聮s Week 9 overtime defeat of the Rhein Fire, Frankfurt Galaxy running back SKIP HICKS (Cincinnati Bengals) moved to within 2 touchdowns of tying the single season record of 14 held by LAWRENCE PHILLIPS (Barcelona Dragons 1999).
Hicks has scored an NFLEL-high 12 touchdowns this season (10 rushing, 2 receiving) and has played a key role in the Galaxy reaching World Bowl XII.
In nine games this season, Hicks has rushed for a league-leading 611 yards on 166 carries and also ranks second in NFLEL with total yards from scrimmage (823; 611 rushing, 212 receiving).
Hicks scored 2 touchdowns in the Week 8 meeting with Frankfurt and a repeat performance in Week 10 would see him enter the NFLEL record books.
Record year for close games
EVEN though there are still three games to be played in the 2004 regular season, this year will go down in the record books as having the most close contests in NFL Europe League history.
Following the Week 9 action, 22 of 27 games played this season have been decided by one score or less (8 points). That total surpasses the 20 games decided by one score or less in 1996, which was the previous high in a 30-game regular season (since 1995).
Here is a look at the number of games decided by one score or less in each season since 1995:
* After Week 9 games.
NEWS AND NOTES NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 4
McCready chases club record and a place in the history books
WITH one regular season game to play, Scottish Claymores wide receiver SCOTT McCREADY needs 8 more catches to tie the club聮s single season receptions mark set by TE JAMES WHALEN in 2001.
And the English wide receiver is also set to make a mark in the NFLEL record books by becoming the first national player in league history to lead one of the major statistical categories outside of kicking.
London-born McCready, who won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the New England Patriots in 2001, has 58 receptions this season and leads his nearest rival by 12 catches (ADAM HERZING (San Francisco 49ers) and WILLIE QUINNIE (Atlanta Falcons), both of the Rhein Fire, have 46 receptions apiece).
While McCready has enjoyed personal success this season, his team has gone 2-7 to this point and that has left the wide receiver determined to go out on a high note against Cologne this weekend.
He says: 聯I would gladly trade some of those receptions for a few more wins so we聮ll be going all out for victory against the Centurions.
聯It聮s nice to feel you聮re doing your job as a wide receiver and contributing to the team, but at the end of the day, it聮s all about winning.聰
McCready spent the 2001 NFL season on the practice squad of the Patriots but injuries in 2002 affected his roster chances with the AFC East club. A successful 2004 season in NFL Europe has likely increased McCready聮s chances of breaking back into the NFL.
He says: 聯The most important thing for me this season was to stay healthy. If you have recurring injuries, that聮s like death in the NFL. I have shown I can stay healthy and make a lot of catches and that has been good for me in terms of getting back into the NFL.
聯It has been a frustrating season for us here in Scotland and we have not always been able to punch the ball into the end zone. As a member of the offense, I feel responsible for that and hopefully we can change that and go out on a high note when we play Cologne on Saturday afternoon.聰
McCready was named NFLEL National Player of Week 9 for his efforts against Berlin, marking the fourth time this season he has picked up the weekly prize.
Only one other player in league history has picked up four Player of the Week awards in the same season 聳 Rhein Fire kicker MANFRED BURGSM脺LLER won the prize in Weeks 1, 2, 5 and 9 of the 1997 campaign, his second in the NFL Europe League.
Admirals gunning for .500 in final week of 2004 season
ALTHOUGH they are already out of the World Bowl race, the Amsterdam Admirals have plenty to play for when they host the Rhein Fire on Sunday June 6 at the Amsterdam ArenA.
With victory over the Fire at the weekend, the Admirals will avoid extending their own league record for consecutive losing seasons (5 from 1999-2003).
With two wins in their last three games, the Admirals have moved into third place in the NFLEL standings and stand just one victory away from ending the season with a 5-5 record.
Head coach BART ANDRUS was pleased with his team聮s showing during a Week 9 defeat of the Cologne Centurions and is hoping for more of the same in the regular season finale.
He says: 聯I聮d like our players to be as determined this week as they were last week and we want to finish strong in the league with victory over Rhein.聰
Andrus also has some areas in which he wishes to see his Admirals improve in their final game of 2004.
He explains: 聯We would like to do a number of things this weekend. One, to continue to score more points and maybe score more touchdowns than we have in these past few games. Again, we would like to play solid defense and maybe score a special teams touchdown. We聮ve come close a couple of times before and it would be nice to get into the end zone on special teams.聰
World Bowl week media schedule
Monday June 7: Teams arrive in D眉sseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.
Tuesday June 8: World Bowl Week Kickoff Press Conference, Arena AufSchalke (Salon Libuda), 12 noon. Head coaches, quarterbacks, NFL Senior Vice-President of Football Operations John Beake, Fire GM Alex Leibkind.
Tuesday June 8: City reception for competing teams at Zeche Oberschuir, Gelsenkirchen, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 9: World Bowl Media Day, Arena AufSchalke, 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Including announcement of All-NFLEL team, MVP and Coach of the Year awards. Interview sessions: Berlin, 11:00 to 11:30; Frankfurt 11:45 to 12:15.
Thursday June 10 - Friday June 11: Credentials available for collection at Lindner Congress Hotel (PR Office: Salon M眉nchen), Emanuel-Leutze Strasse 17, D-40547 D眉sseldorf, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Saturday June 12: Press will-call window opens at Arena AufSchalke at 2:00 p.m.
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (4-5)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (16-23 in NFLEL)Colours: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Darryl Sims (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 50-49
MEDIA CONTACT: Perry Hendriks
LAST GAME: Won 23-18 at Cologne (5/30/04)
OFFENSE: 16.8 pts/game; 320.4 yds/game (rank 3); 94.3 yds rush/game (rank 4); 226.1 yds pass/game (rank 1)
Passing: Clint Stoerner, 1,647 yards
Rushing: Chris Downs, 466 yards
Receiving: Chris Taylor 37 rec; Chris Horn 559 yards
DEFENSE: 19.9 pts/game; 333.1 yds/game (rank 6); 131.0 rush yds/game (rank 6); 202.1 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Charles Alston, 5.0
Interceptions: Todd Howard, 2
路 THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE 路
Head coach BART ANDRUS is looking for the Admirals to finish their season with a win to end their streak of five losing season and to clinch third place in the standings聟 QB CLINT STOERNER (Miami Dolphins) has started all nine games for the Admirals (see table). His 13 completions last week gave him 310 career completions, overtaking another ex-Claymores and Admirals QB, Kevin Daft, for second place all-time in the NFLEL. His 143 passing yards gave him 3,513 for his career, beating Pat Barnes (Frankfurt 1999-2000) for third place in career yardage.聟 QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Washington Redskins) completed 4 of 12 pass attempts for 66 yards last week and has a 65.5 passer rating for the season聟 RB CHRIS DOWNS (Oakland Raiders) rushed for 29 yards on 8 carries last week and leads the team with 466 rushing yards. Was held to 10 yards on 5 carries by Rhein earlier this season. Caught 3 passes last week for 22 yards for a season total of 22 receptions聟 Running back MIKE MALAN gained 25 yards on 6 carries last week and caught 1 pass聟 WR CHRIS HORN (Kansas City Chiefs) is second in the NFLEL in receiving yards (see table)聟 WR CHRIS TAYLOR (Houston Texans) led the team with 4 catches for 61 yards, including a TD, last week and leads the team with 37 catches for 486 yards and 4 TDs. Caught 5 passes for 45 yards and 1 TD against Rhein in Week 6聟. Mexican WR CARLOS ROSADO has a season total of 16 catches but has missed the last three games because of injury聟 Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ caught 1 pass for 6 yards last week and has 4 catches in the last two games聟. TE TONY DONALD (Green Bay Packers) leads all NFLEL tight ends with 30 catches this season (see table)聟 WR ANDRE FORDE (Chicago Bears) caught 2 passes for 44 yards last week, including a 31-yard TD 聟. DE CHARLES ALSTON (Atlanta Falcons) leads the team with 5 sacks on the season. Has posted 41 tackles 聟 LB JERRY SCHUMACHER (Chicago Bears) has recorded 47 tackles this season, including 6 last week. Had his first sack of the year last week聟 S WILLIE PILE (Kansas City) had his first interception
of the season last week and posted 5 tackles for a season total of 46聟 Japanese LB RIKIYA ISHIDA posted 3 tackles last week, giving him 27 for the season聟 LB DREW WAHLROOS posted 6 tackles and 1 sack last week. Has 40 tackles and 3 sacks this season聟 CB TODD HOWARD leads the team with 2 interceptions聟 S JASON PERRY (New England Patriots) leads the team with 70 tackles after posting 5 last week. Had his first interception of the year and defended 2 passes聟 Dutch kicker SILVIO DILBERTO is in his eighth NFLEL season and has a club record 281 points to his name after kicking 2 PATs and a 31-yard FG last week. Is 12 of 12 on PATs and 5 of 7 on FGs this year.聟 K TODD SIEVERS (Houston Texans) kicked fourth-quarter field goals of 41 and 40 yards to win the game against Cologne last week after hitting the upright with an earlier 45-yard attempt. Leads all American kickers with 24 points, including 3 game-winning FGs.
QB CLINT STOERNER (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Frank 25 14 158 1 3
Wk 2: vs Ber 41 30 329 1 0
Wk 3: at Sco 18 8 81 0 0
Wk 4: vs Frank 34 19 219 1 0
Wk 5: at Ber 32 18 249 3 1
Wk 6: at Rhe 18 11 122 0 0
Wk 7: vs Col 26 17 204 2 0
Wk 8: vs Scot 20 9 131 0 2
Wk 9: at Col 27 13 143 2 1
TOTAL 241 139 1,647 10 7
WR CHRIS HORN (Kansas City Chiefs), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 5 73 0
Wk 2: vs. Ber 5 78 0
Wk 3: at Sco 2 31 0
Wk 4: vs Frank 4 70 0
Wk 5: at Ber 3 60 0
Wk 6: at Rhe 3 106 0
Wk 7: vs Col 3 31 0
Wk 8: vs Scot 4 80 1
Wk 9; at Col 2 30 0
TOTAL 31 559 1
TE TONY DONALD (Green Bay Packers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 5 65 1
Wk 2: vs. Ber 4 38 0
Wk 3: at Sco 1 13 0
Wk 4: vs Frank 5 55 1
Wk 5: at Ber 2 40 1
Wk 6: at Rhe 4 31 0
Wk 7: vs Col 5 53 1
Wk 8: vs Scot 1 22 0
Wk 9: at Col 3 38 0
TOTAL 30 355 4
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BERLIN THUNDER (8-1)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (8-1 in NFLEL)Colours: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jim Tomsula (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 30-29
MEDIA CONTACT: Maik Matischak
LAST GAME: Won 27-19 at Scotland (5/29/04)
OFFENSE: 27.5 pts/game; 327.1 yds/game (rank 2); 103.4 rush yds/game (rank 2); 223.7 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: Rohan Davey, 1,519 yards
Rushing: Eric McCoo, 547 yards
Receiving: Chas Gessner 37 rec, 546 yards
DEFENSE: 21.66 pts/game; 324.3 yds/game (rank 5); 83.3 rush yds/game (rank 1); 241 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Corey Smith, 7.5
Interceptions: Keith Davis, 4
路 THIS WEEK: vs. FRANKFURT GALAXY 路
Berlin head coach RICK LANTZ has seen his team move to within one game of matching the best regular season record in NFLEL history (9-1; London 1991, Amsterdam 1995) and says: 聯We want to keep winning and keep this thing going. I am very proud of my team and this year has been a very positive experience for me.聰聟 QB ROHAN DAVEY (New England Patriots) attempted his fewest amount of passes this season in Scotland last week (see table). His 106.3 QB rating has him just off the pace to break single season passer rating record of 107.3 set by Scotland聮s Kevin Daft in 2000聟 QB DAVID RIVERS played just over a half of football in Scotland last week and completed 18 of 24 passes for 202 yards, 2 TDs and a QB rating of 127.4. Also scored on a 4-yard run. Named NFLEL Offensive Player of the Week聟 RB ERIC McCOO ranks second in NFL Europe with 547 rushing yards. Was held to 13 yards on 10 carries vs. Claymores but caught 10 passes for 109 yards聟 WR CHAS GESSNER (New England Patriots) leads NFL Europe in receiving scores (see table) and caught 5 passes for 65 yards last week聟 WR RICHARD ALSTON (Cleveland Browns) ranks second in NFL Europe in receiving touchdowns (see table) and caught a 12-yard pass last week.聟 WR LASHAUN WARD (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 2 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown last week and added 5 kickoff returns for 126 yards聟 TE MIKE PINKARD (Kansas City Chiefs) has 20 receptions this season after adding a 12-yard TD catch last weekend聟. FB ED IEREMIA-STANSBURY (Houston Texans) has scored 2 TDs this season聟 DE COREY SMITH (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) leads Berlin with 7.5 sacks this season after recording 2 tackles and a sack for a 17-yard loss vs. Claymores. Forced a fumble and recovered the loose football in the end zone for a touchdown聟 DE T.J. BINGHAM has 5 sacks this season and added 3 tackles against his old team last week聟 DE ISRAEL IDONIJE (Chicago Bears) recorded 5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defense in Scotland last week聟 DT MONTIQUE SHARPE (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 2 tackles last week聟 LB BRENDEN GIVAN (Miami Dolphins) leads the Thunder with 66 tackles after adding 8 stops and a forced fumble in Scotland聟 LB JASON KAZAR recorded a team-high 9 tackles against the Claymores last week and ranks third on the team with 47 tackles this season聟 LB KEVIN DeRONDE (Houston Texans) made 5
tackles last week and has 20 this season聟 LB LAWRENCE FLUGENCE (New England Patriots) ranks fourth on the team with 39 tackles this season 聟 CB WILLIE FORD (Kansas City Chiefs) has recorded 34 tackles and 3 interceptions this season after adding 7 tackles and 2 pass defenses vs. Claymores聟 CB JAMES THORNTON returned an interception 30 yards against the Claymores last week聟 CB JERMAINE MAYS (Minnesota Vikings) ranked second on the Berlin defense last week with 8 tackles, 1 pass defense and 3 special teams tackles聟 S OLIVER CELESTIN recorded 4 tackles last week and has 35 on the year. Also broke up a pass聟 S KEITH DAVIS (Dallas Cowboys) jointly leads NFLEL with 4 interceptions. Ranks second on squad with 60 tackles this season after adding 6 in Week 9聟 Danish K HEINZ QUAST leads all kickers with 47 points this season having converted 6 of 6 field goals and 29 of 32 PATs. Had conversion attempt blocked last week.
QB ROHAN DAVEY (New England Patriots), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Scot 14 8 106 0 0
Wk 2: at Ams 18 12 164 2 0
Wk 3: vs Col 27 19 279 4 1
Wk 4: at Rhe 26 17 198 1 2
Wk 5: vs Ams 17 10 149 4 0
Wk 6: at Col 24 10 132 1 0
Wk 7: vs Rhe 27 16 242 2 0
Wk 8: at Frank 25 16 225 4 2
Wk 9: at Scot 9 3 24 0 0
TOTAL 187 111 1,519 18* 5
* Leads NFLEL
WR CHAS GESSNER (New England Patriots), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Scot 4 37 1
Wk 2: at Ams 4 77 2
Wk 3: vs Col 2 42 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 2 25 0
Wk 5: vs Ams 2 30 0
Wk 6: at Col 5 98 1
Wk 7: vs Rhe 8 113 1
Wk 8: at Frank 5 59 1
Wk 9: at Scot 5 65 0
TOTAL 37 546 6*
* Leads NFLEL
WR RICHARD ALSTON (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Scot 0 0 0
Wk 2: at Ams 1 3 0
Wk 3: vs Col 5 123 2
Wk 4: at Rhe 2 26 0
Wk 5: vs Ams 6 84 2
Wk 6: at Col 2 21 0
Wk 7: vs Rhe 5 87 0
Wk 8: at Frank 4 93 1
Wk 9: at Scot 1 12 0
TOTAL 26 437 5
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (3-6)Head Coach: Peter Vaas (22-27 inNFLEL, plus 2-0 in World Bowl)Colours: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Bob Bicknell (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: David Duggan (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 3-6
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Lost 18-23 vs Amsterdam (5/30/04)
OFFENSE: 18.1 pts/game; 318.4 yds/game (rank 4); 103.0 yds rush/game (rank 3); 215.4 yds pass/game (rank 3)
Passing: Ryan Van Dyke, 1,899 yards
Rushing: Avon Cobourne, 525 yards
Receiving: Reggie Newhouse 36 rec, Carl Morris 530 yards
DEFENSE: 20.1 pts/game; 277.9 yds/game (rank 1); 98.7 rush yds/game (rank 3); 179.2 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Felipe Claybrooks 9
Interceptions: Seven players, 1
路 THIS WEEK: at SCOTTISH CLAYMORES 路
Head coach PETER VAAS sees his team conclude its first-ever season with an attempt to post their first road victory聟 Starting QB RYAN VAN DYKE (New York Giants) leads the league in passing yards, but also in interceptions, including 8 in the last 4 games (see table)聟 RB AVON COBOURNE (Detroit Lions) ranks third in NFL Europe in rushing yards (see table). He is still waiting for first TD since Week 1 and has not yet scored a rushing TD this season聟. RB ANTWON McCRAY was held to 5 yards on 3 carries last week but did grab 2 passes for 12 yards聟 WR REGGIE NEWHOUSE (Arizona Cardinals) leads the team with 36 catches after posting 1 for 14 yards last week. Had 3 catches for 24 yards against Scotland this year聟 WR CARL MORRIS (Miami Dolphins) leads the team and ranks fourth in the league in receiving yards (see table) 聟 WR TODD DEVOE (Baltimore Ravens) has seen four of his 13 receptions go for touchdowns this season聟. WR ALBERT JOHNSON (Houston Texans) ran back a punt return for a 73-yard TD last week and leads the league with a 13.3 punt return average. Caught his 11th pass of the season last week聟. Cologne native TE WERNER HIPPLER made his first catches as a Centurion last week, posting 3 receptions for 21 yards to add to the 78 catches for 847 yards he had for Frankfurt. Scored his first TD since he scored on the first two receptions of his NFLEL career for Frankfurt against Barcelona in Week 10 of the 1995 season聟 Mexican WR MARCO MARTOS has scored 9 career touchdowns but all were in his first three seasons in NFLEL (1997-99). Has career totals of 70 receptions for 934 yards. Needs 66 receiving yards to become second national player in NFLEL history to reach 1,000 receiving yards. Is the all-time NFLEL leader with 58 kickoff returns. After returniung 1 kickoff for 17 yards last week he is 35 yards behind all-time kickoff return yardage leader Jordan Younger (1,103 for Rhein Fire 2001-03)聟 TE MARK INKROTT (New York Giants) has 13 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown this year聟
DE FELIPE CLAYBROOKS (Cleveland Browns) is second in the league with 9 sacks after posting 1 sack last week. Has 28 tackles for the season.聟 LB BOBBY BROOKS (Oakland Raiders) leads the team with 52 tackles after posting 5 last week聟 French LB CEDRIC COTAR had 3 tackles and his first interception of the year last week. Has 13 tackles this season聟 S JERTON EVANS (San Diego) had 5 tackles last week for a total of 24 this season聟. LB MARCUS REESE (Chicago Bears) has 31 tackles to rank second on the team this season聟 CB ERWIN SWINEY (Green Bay Packers) led the team with 6 tackles last week and has 30 stops this season聟 Swedish K OLA KIMRIN has yet to miss a kick this season, connecting on 4/4 field goals and 18/18 PATs this season. Scored 2 PATs last week.
QB RYAN VAN DYKE New York Giants ), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Rhein 24 18 240 2 0
Wk 2: vs Frank 27 12 99 0 3
Wk 3: at Berlin 31 19 229 3 2
Wk 4: vs Sco 18 15 159 2 0
Wk 5: at Frank 35 21 259 1 1
Wk 6: vs Ber 42 31 377 4 2
Wk 7: at Ams 32 20 273 1 2
Wk 8: vs Rhe 21 11 128 1 1
Wk 9: vs Ams 28 15 132 1 3
TOTAL 258* 162* 1,899* 15 14*
* Leads NFLEL
RB AVON COBOURNE (Detroit Lions), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 16 45 0 3 34 1
Wk 2: vs Frank 14 65 0 3 42 0
Wk 3: at Berlin 16 85 0 2 25 0
Wk 4: vs Sco 18 116 0 3 15 0
Wk 5: at Frank 10 30 0 1 7 0
Wk 6: vs Ber 14 60 0 7 65 0
Wk 7: at Ams 14 47 0 2 17 0
Wk 8: vs Rhe 1 3 0 0 0 0
Wk 9: vs Ams 14 74 0 4 19 0
TOTAL 117 525 0 25 224 1
WR CARL MORRIS (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 4 50 0
Wk 2: vs Frank 3 53 1
Wk 3: at Berlin 5 75 2
Wk 4: vs Sco 1 8 0
Wk 5: at Frank 4 90 0
Wk 6: vs Ber 3 50 1
Wk 7: at Ams 4 46 0
Wk 8: vs Rhe 4 80 0
Wk 9: vs Ams 7 78 0
TOTAL 35 530 4
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 8
FRANKFURT GALAXY (7-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (7-2) in NFLELColours: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dwain Painter (4th season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ed O聮Neil (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 65-54
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 20-14 (OT) at Rhein (5/29/04)
OFFENSE: 23.5 pts/game; 327.6 yds/game (rank 1); 138.9 rush yds/game (rank 1); 188.7 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: J.T. O聮Sullivan, 1,527 yards
Rushing: Skip Hicks, 611 yards
Receiving: Drew Haddad, 28 rec, 455 yards
DEFENSE: 16.8 pts/game; 297.3 yds/game (rank 4); 100 rush yds/game (rank 4); 197.3 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Corey Jackson, 9.5
Interceptions: Mason Unck, 3
路 THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER 路
The Galaxy got back to winning ways in Week 9 and can end the regular season as the top-ranked club with a victory by four points in Berlin in Week 10. Head coach MIKE JONES says: 聯We have one game left in the regular season so we still have to take care of our game against Berlin before we can start focusing on World Bowl. Our priority is to take care of business against a good Berlin Thunder team in Week 10.聰聟 QB J.T. O聮SULLIVAN (New Orleans Saints) missed his first game of the season last week (see table) as he returned to the United States to attend to personal issues. He is expected to return for World Bowl on June 12聟 QB KIRK FARMER (Kansas City Chiefs) made his first start of the season last week and completed 8 of 20 passes for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. Did not see playing time in previous meeting with Thunder 聟 RB SKIP HICKS (Cincinnati Bengals) leads NFLEL in touchdowns (see table) and rushing yards. Needs 2 more TDs to tie the single season record of 14 set by Barcelona聮s Lawrence Phillips in 1999. Scored twice in last meeting with Berlin in Week 8聟 RB JEFF CHANEY rushed for 24yards on 5 carries last week and added 1 catch for 7 yards聟 FB COREY McINTYRE has rushed for 76 yards and a TD this season and added 14 receptions for 98 yards and another score聟 WR DREW HADDAD (Indianapolis Colts) is Frankfurt聮s leading receiver but was held without a catch for the first time this season last week (see table). Gained 8 yards on 1 run and returned 2 punts for 67 yards聟 WR DERRICK LEWIS (New Orleans Saints) scored the game-winning touchdown on a 32-yard catch in overtime 聳 his only reception of last week聮s visit to the Rhein Fire. Has 24 receptions for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns this season聟 WR JASON WILLIS (Seattle Seahawks) caught a team-high 4 passes for 35 yards last week聟 WR JERMAINE LEWIS (Houston Texans) did not catch a pass last week. Has 7 receptions for 129 yards and 2 TDs on the season聟 TE CHAD HAYES has scored a touchdown in each of the past three games after taking his 1 reception last week 37 yards to the end zone. Scored on a 15-yard reception in previous meeting vs. Berlin Thunder聟 DE COREY JACKSON
(Cleveland Browns) leads NFL Europe with 9.5 sacks. Recorded 2 tackles and knocked down a pass last week聟 German DT DANIEL BENETKA has made 14 tackles and added half a sack this season. Recorded 2 tackles against the Fire last week聟DT AUBRAYO FRANKLIN (Baltimore Ravens) recorded 10 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defense last week... LB MASON UNCK (Cleveland Browns) leads the Galaxy with 55 tackles this season. Recorded 7 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass defense during loss to Berlin. Made 9 tackles last week聟 LB DUSTIN COHEN made a team-high 13 tackles last week and also intercepted a pass, knocked down a throw in his direction and forced a fumble. Was named NFLEL Defensive Player of the Week聟 LB ASA FRANCIS (Buffalo Bills) recorded 6 tackles, 1 sack and a forced fumble last week CB LYNARIS ELPHEAGE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) tops NFL Europe with 16 passes defended. Recorded 2 tackles last week聟 CB AHMAD BROOKS (New Orleans Saints) ranks third on the team with 50 tackles after adding 4 and 1 pass defense last week聟. S CHRIS BROWN (Jacksonville Jaguars) ranks fourth on the club with 49 tackles after adding 4 last week聟 CB ALLAN AMUNDSON (San Francisco 49ers) recorded 2 tackles and an interception last week聟 K RALF KLEINMANN has 325 career points for third place on the all-time scoring list. Ranks second in NFLEL in converted field goals (59) behind Scotland聮s Rob Hart.
QB J.T. O聮SULLIVAN (New Orelans Saints ), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Amst 16 10 148 1 0
Wk 2: at Col 18 11 85 0 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 27 18 225 2 0
Wk 4: at Amst 34 20 276 2 1
Wk 5: vs Col 31 17 193 1 0
Wk 6: at Scot 25 14 192 1 1
Wk 7: vs Scot 20 13 182 1 0
Wk 8: vs Ber 25 17 226 2 3
Wk 9: at Rhe Did Not Play
TOTAL 196 120 1,527 10 5
RB SKIP HICKS (Cincinnati Bengals), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Amst 20 86 1 1 7 0
Wk 2: at Col 8 25 1 0 0 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 17 40 2 4 29 1
Wk 4: at Amst 23 74 0 7 138 1
Wk 5: vs Col 14 46 1 2 1 0
Wk 6: at Scot 23 64 0 3 9 0
Wk 7: vs Scot 16 123 2 2 10 0
Wk 8: vs Ber 20 65 2 1 2 0
Wk 9: at Rhe 25 88 1 1 16 0
TOTAL 166* 611* 10* 21 212 2
* Leads NFLEL
WR DREW HADDAD , GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Amst 4 37 0
Wk 2: at Col 1 14 1
Wk 3: vs Rhein 5 93 1
Wk 4: at Amst 4 41 0
Wk 5: vs Col 2 12 0
Wk 6: at Scot 5 100 0
Wk 7: vs Scot 3 101 0
Wk 8: vs Ber 4 57 0
Wk 9: at Rhe 0 0 0
TOTAL 28 455 2
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 9
RHEIN FIRE (3-6)Head Coach: Pete Kuharchek (21-18 in NFLEL, 0-2 in World Bowls)Colours: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 54-45
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus M眉ller
LAST GAME: Lost 14-20 (OT) vs. Frankfurt (5/29/04)
OFFENSE: 16.5 pts/game; 270.7 yds/game (rank 5); 87.9 rush yds/game (rank 6); 182.8 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Chad Hutchinson, 1,349
Rushing: Joffrey Reynolds, 354 yards
Receiving: Adam Herzing, 46 rec, 620 yards
DEFENSE: 17.3 pts/game; 284.2 yds/game (rank 3); 85.4 rush yds/game (rank 2); 198.8 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: David Nugent, 6.0
Interceptions: Abdual Howard, 4
路 THIS WEEK: at AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS 路
After seeing his team assured of its first losing season since 1996 following an overtime defeat at home to Frankfurt, Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK said: 聯It seems like I say this every week but this was another tough loss to take. Our players fought hard but we turned the ball over too many times to expect to win.聰聟 QB CHAD HUTCHINSON (Dallas Cowboys) started the first eight games of the year for the Fire (see table) but missed last week聮s meeting with Frankfurt due to a season-ending shoulder injury.聟 QB GREG ZOLMAN (Buffalo Bills) made his first NFLEL start and completed 23 of 39 attempts for 201 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions聟 Kuharchek says: 聯I have a lot of faith in Greg. If you put the turnovers aside, I thought he did a good job in his first start and he will be better next week.聰聟 RB JOFFREY REYNOLDS (Cleveland Browns) leads the team in rushing (see table) after adding 62 yards on 14 carries last week聟 RB WALTER WILLIAMS (Green Bay Packers) led the team in rushing for the second week in a row when he gained 72 yards on 20 carries last week聟. WR ADAM HERZING (San Francisco 49ers) leads NFL Europe with 620 receiving yards on 46 catches after adding 6 receptions for 68 yards last weekend聟 WR WILLIE QUINNIE (Atlanta Falcons) jointly leads the Fire in receptions (see table) and has caught at least 4 passes in each of the past eight games. Also gained 28 yards on a run last week聟 WR SHOCKMAIN DAVIS (Green Bay Packers) caught 5 passes for 38 yards last week and added 2 kickoff returns for 90 yards with a long of 61. Has already scored 2 kickoff return TDs this season聟 TE DANIEL WILCOX caught 2 passes for 22 yards and a touchdown last week聟 DE SEAN GUTHRIE (New York Giants) recorded 2 tackles and 1 sack last week, taking his season tally to 17 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles聟 DE RANDY GARNER did not play last week. Has 32 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles to his name this season聟 DT DAVID NUGENT recorded 2 tackles and knocked down a pass last week聟 DT CEDRIC KILLINGS (Washington
Redskins) recorded 6 tackles and 1 sack last week聟 DE CHRIS DEMAREE recorded a team-high 8 tackles last week and added 2 sacks and a forced fumble聟 LB MAUGAULA TUITELE made 6 tackles last week and ranks second on the Fire defense with 41 stops this season聟 LB CHARLES BURTON ranks third on the Fire defense with 36 tackles this season聟 CB EARTHWIND MORELAND has made 18 tackles and knocked down 10 passes this season聟 S ABDUAL HOWARD leads the Fire with 56 tackles after adding 8 vs. Frankfurt. Jointly leads NFL Europe with 4 interceptions this season聟 CB ROBER聮 FREEMAN (Houston Texans) scored on a 61-yard fumble return vs. Frankfurt and added 4 tackles. Also scored TD in season opener on a 93-yard kickoff return vs. Cologne聟 German S RICHARD YANCY has recorded 27 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defense in nine games this season after adding 3 stops vs. Frankfurt聟 K INGO ANDERBR脺GGE has scored 30 points this season but missed field goals from 28 and 41 yards last week聟 K MIKE SHAFER (Buffalo Bills) is 5 of 11 on field goals this season after missing from 44 yards last week聟 P BROOKS BARNARD (Chicago Bears) has a net average of 34.1 on 42 punts this season to rank second in NFLEL in that department.
QB CHAD HUTCHINSON (Dallas Cowboys), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Col 14 8 101 0 1
Wk 2: vs Sco 18 14 141 1 0
Wk 3: at Fra 22 12 128 1 0
Wk 4: vs Ber 27 16 172 0 1
Wk 5: at Sco 28 18 145 0 0
Wk 6: vs Ams 27 20 263 2 0
Wk 7: at Ber 42 26 305 1 1
Wk 8: at Col 26 11 94 0 1
Wk 9: vs Fra Did Not Play
TOTAL 204 125 1,349 5 4
WR WILLIE QUINNIE (Atlanta Falcons), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 2 4 1
Wk 2: vs Sco 4 50 1
Wk 3: at Fra 5 46 0
Wk 4: vs Ber 5 48 0
Wk 5: at Sco 6 36 0
Wk 6: vs Ams 9 92 1
Wk 7: at Ber 5 48 0
Wk 8: at Col 4 38 0
Wk 9: vs Fra 6 46 0
TOTAL 46 408 3
RB JOFFREY REYNOLDS (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
No Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 15 58 0 1 14 0
Wk 2: vs Sco 13 31 2 2 13 0
Wk 3: at Fra 14 34 0 5 29 0
Wk 4: vs Ber 8 -4 1 2 20 0
Wk 5: at Sco 9 35 0 0 0 0
Wk 6: vs. Ams 13 75 0 1 2 0
Wk 7: at Ber 7 13 1 2 6 0
Wk 8: at Col 10 50 0 0 0 0
Wk 9: vs Fra 14 62 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 103 354 4 13 84 0
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 聳 Page 10
SCOTTISH CLAYMORES (2-7)Head Coach: Jack Bicknell (61-58 in NFLEL, 2-5 in post-season)Colours: Navy, white and silver
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince Martino (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 43-56
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Livingstone
LAST GAME: Lost 19-27 vs. Berlin (5/29/04)
OFFENSE: 12 pts/game; 236.4 yds/game (rank 6); 90.0 rush yds/game(rank 5); 146.4 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Nate Hybl, 654 yards
Rushing: Maurice Hicks, 293 yards
Receiving: Scott McCready, 58 rec, 466 yards
DEFENSE: 18.77 pts/game; 283.8 yds/game (rank 2); 119.1 rush yds/game (rank 5); 164.7 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Damian Gregory, 4.5
Interceptions: Alphonso Roundtree, 2
路 THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS 路
Claymores head coach JACK BICKNELL saw his team blow a 13-point first half lead against the Berlin Thunder and said: 聯We messed it up. We had an opportunity to win the game. We seemed to be in control then all of a sudden we weren聮t in control at all. This is a frustrating loss and kind of sums up our whole season.聰聟QB NATE HYBL (Cleveland Browns) started the first seven games of the season (see table) but only saw action in the second quarter last week聟 QB CURT ANES (Detroit Lions) did not play last week 聟 QB TOM ARTH (Indianapolis Colts) made his first start of the season last week and completed 22 of 35 attempts for 137 yards with 1 interception聟 Bicknell said: 聯I thought Tom Arth did okay out there and played a good game. Quarterback has not been our problem position this season. We have struggled up front and have found it hard to establish a running game.聰聟 RB MAURICE HICKS (San Francisco 49ers) leads the Claymores in rushing (see table) and scored on a 26-yard run last week聟 RB AHMAAD GALLOWAY (Denver Broncos) did not carry the ball or catch a pass last week聟 English WR SCOTT McCREADY leads NFL Europe in receptions (see table). He is bidding to become the first national player to lead the league in a major individual non-kicking category. Needs 8 receptions in final game of season to tie club record of 66 catches set by TE JAMES WHALEN in 2001.聟 Scottish WR SCOTT COUPER is the all-time receiving leader among national players with 107 catches for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns. Has 6 catches for 68 yards this season after reeling in 2 passes for 27 yards last week聟 WR RONALD BELLAMY (Miami Dolphins) caught a 9-yard pass last week聟 WR HERB HAYGOOD (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 2 passes for 4 yards last week and rushed twice for 10 yards聟 TE MARCUS HELFMAN (San Francisco 49ers) has 18 catches this season after making 3 grabs for 40 yards last week聟 RB IAN SMART (New York Jets) carried 10 times for 47 yards against Berlin and also added 2 catches for 25 yards and 1 kickoff return for 25 yards聟
DT ALAN HARPER (New York Jets) registered 3 tackles, 1 sack and a forced fumble last week聟 DT DAMIAN GREGORY recorded 1 tackle last week and has 32 this season. Leads the team with 4.5 sacks聟 DE ROBERT FLICKINGER leads all national players with 13.5 career sacks. Has 11 tackles and 1 sack this season. Knocked down a pass and recovered a fumble against Berlin 聟 LB JIMMY McCLAIN (Jacksonville Jaguars) missed last week聮s game with a season-ending knee injury聟 LB RYAN MYERS (New York Jets) set a club single season record for tackles (xx) after adding 5 tackles against the Thunder聟 LB HOWARD CLARK (Philadelphia Eagles) made 3 tackles and added a sack and a forced fumble聟 English LB ADEN DURDE made 2 tackles last week and has 8 on the season聟 CB ALPHONSO ROUNDTREE (Miami Dolphins) recorded 4 tackles and recovered a fumble last week聟 CB BRAD FRANKLIN (Seattle Seahawks) made 3 tackles and knocked down 2 passes last week聟 S GERALD DIXON led the Claymores with 8 tackles, 1 sack and a forced fumble last week聟. K ROB HART is the all-time leading scorer in NFLEL history. Took his career tally to 359 points last week when he made 1 PAT and 4 of 4 FGs, including a season long of 43 yards. Has now converted 64 career field goals, giving him the all-time NFLEL lead ahead of Frankfurt聮s Ralf Kleinmann (59).
QB NATE HYBL (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ber 24 17 147 1 0
Wk 2: at Rhe 19 13 111 0 1
Wk 3: vs Ams 14 7 45 0 1
Wk 4: at Col 22 10 89 0 0
Wk 5: vs Rhe 18 11 120 1 1
Wk 6: vs Frank 12 8 66 0 0
Wk 7: at Frank 11 6 32 0 0
Wk 8: at Ams Did Not Play
Wk 9: vs Ber 7 4 44 0 0
TOTAL 127 76 654 2 3
WR SCOTT McCREADY, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ber 11 67 1
Wk 2: at Rhe 4 31 0
Wk 3: vs Ams 4 35 0
Wk 4: at Col 4 51 0
Wk 5: vs Rhe 8 62 0
Wk 6: vs Frank 1 6 0
Wk 7: at Frank 8 71 0
Wk 8: at Ams 7 91 0
Wk 9: vs Ber 11 52 0
TOTAL 58* 466 1
* Leads NFLEL
RB MAURICE HICKS (San Francisco 49ers), GAME-BY-GAME
No Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ber 4 24 0 1 8 0
Wk 2: at Rhe 5 23 0 2 8 0
Wk 3: vs Ams 12 59 0 1 7 0
Wk 4: at Col 3 1 0 3 22 0
Wk 5: vs Rhe 8 29 0 5 44 0
Wk 6: vs Frank 1 5 0 1 7 0
Wk 7: at Frank 8 43 2 1 -2 0
Wk 8: at Ams 13 44 0 2 14 0
Wk 9: vs Ber 11 65 1 3 13 0
TOTAL 65 293 3 19 121 0
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 11
COLOGNE CENTURIONS (3-6)
at SCOTTISH CLAYMORES (2-7)
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Saturday June 5, 2:00 p.m.
Overall: Cologne leads 1-0
At Scotland: First meeting between teams in Scotland
At Cologne: Cologne leads 1-0
Streak: Cologne 1
This Season: Scotland 3 at Cologne 17 (Week 3)
UK: HIGHLIGHTS/Sky Sports Xtra (Sunday June 6, 10:00 a.m. BST)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (9:00 a.m. ET)
British play-by-play announcer NICK HALLING is joined in the broadcast booth by former Detroit and Chicago quarterback ERIK KRAMER.
JACK BICKNELL has more regular season wins than any other coach in NFL Europe (61). Took the Barcelona Dragons to four World Bowls (1991, 1997, 1999 and 2001) before joining the Claymores this season聟 PETER VAAS served as an offensive assistant under Bicknell at the Barcelona Dragons from 1998 to 1999. Won two World Bowls as head coach of the Berlin Thunder in 2001 and 2002.
Both teams will be heading into Week 10 looking for a victory to end the season on a high note聟 The Claymores need a win to avoid tying for the worst record in franchise history (2-8 in 1995 and 1998). Cologne needs one more win to surpass the 3-win total of the 1999 Berlin Thunder 聳 the last single team expansion franchise in NFLEL history聟 Both clubs have had problems with turnovers this season. Cologne has turned it over a league-high 23 times and rank sixth in NFLEL with a -10 turnover ratio. The Claymores rank fifth with a -8 turnover ratio having offered the football up to opponents on 17 occasions聟 The Centurions have NFL Europe聮s top defense in terms of yards allowed per game (277.9) but fifth in points conceded (20.1 per game)聟 The Claymores have NFL Europe聮s sixth-ranked offense, averaging 236.4 yards per game but they rank second in red zone offense, scoring on 77.8 percent of 18 trips inside the opponent聮s 20-yard line (6 touchdowns, 8 field goals)聟 Scotland has shown improvement in the running game since gaining a league record-low 12 yards in Week 7 vs. Frankfurt. In first six games of season, Claymores averaged 58.3 rushing yards per game, compared to 153 yards per game in their last three outings聟 Both teams have areas of weakness but may not have them exposed by the opposition in Week 10. The Claymores have given up 27 sacks this season (second-most in NFLEL) but the Centurions have only recorded 15 sacks this year (lowest in the league). Cologne has thrown a league-high 14 interceptions this season, while the Claymores defense has come up with an NFLEL-low 3 picks this term聟 Both teams have been involved in close games this season. Seven of Cologne聮s games have been decided by one score or less (8 points) and Scotland have played in the same number of close encounters this year聟 Scotland has scored a league-low 11 touchdowns in nine games this season but have shown strong defensive tendencies, limiting opponents to 18 touchdowns this season 聳 second-lowest in NFLEL聟 The Centurions ran out 17-3 winners in first ever meeting between the teams in Week 4. Cologne聮s touchdowns came on passes of 15 and 33 yards from QB RYAN VAN DYKE (New York Giants) to WR TODD DEVOE (Baltimore Ravens). Scotland聮s only points came on a 25-yard field goal by ROB HART.
RHEIN FIRE (3-6) at
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (4-5)
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Sunday June 6, 3:00 p.m.
Overall: Amsterdam leads 11-8
At Amsterdam: Amsterdam leads 7-2
At Rhein: Rhein leads 6-4
Streak: Rhein 2
This Season: Amsterdam 13 at Rhein 20 (Week 6)
Netherlands: HIGHLIGHTS/RTL 5 (Saturday June 12, p.m.)
US: LIVE/DirecTV (9:00 a.m. ET)
Joining play-by-play announcer DERRIN HORTON to call the game is former NFL linebacker HARDY NICKERSON.
BART ANDRUS is coming to the end of his fourth season in charge of the Amsterdam Admirals. Won a World Bowl ring as offensive coordinator of the Rhein Fire in 2000聟 PETE KUHARCHEK is in his fourth season as head coach of the Fire and led his team to World Bowls in 2002 and 2003. Won World Bowl rings as defensive coordinator of the Fire in 1998 and 2000, while serving under then head coach Galen Hall.
The Admirals have the chance to end the season with an even record (5-5) with victory over the Rhein Fire on Sunday... The Admirals have posted losing records in each season since 1999-2003 and will be aiming to end a season at .500 or above for the first time since 1998聟 The Fire will post a losing record for the first time since they went 3-7 in the 1996 campaign聟 They need a victory against the Admirals in Week 10 to avoid posting a 3-7 record, which would tie the worst mark in franchise history (see above)聟 The Admirals have NFL Europe聮s sixth-ranked defense but that same unit is the league聮s best inside the red zone, allowing opponents to score on 50 percent of 26 trips into Amsterdam聮s 20-yard line (8 touchdowns, 5 field goals)聟 The Fire has struggled offensively this season, ranking fifth in NFL Europe. Rhein quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 31 times and the running game has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry while ranking sixth in yards per game (87.9)聟 Amsterdam聮s defense has recorded 23 quarterback sacks (fourth in NFLEL) and grabbed 10 interceptions (third in NFLEL)聟 Amsterdam is the only team apart from Berlin and Frankfurt not to have a negative turnover ratio. The Admirals have given the ball up on 18 occasions but also come up with the same number of turnovers for a ratio of 0聟 The Fire has committed 17 turnovers and only come up with 13 takeaways for a ratio of -4聟 The Admirals have thrown more passes (312) than any other team in the league and rank first in NFLEL in passing yards per game (226.1)聟 Rhein has scored 5 touchdowns by returns or recoveries this season (most in NFL Europe), finding the end zone on 3 kickoff returns, 1 interception return and a fumble return聟 Amsterdam is the only NFLEL team not to score on a return or a recovery this season聟 Both teams have struggled in the kicking game this season. Amsterdam has converted a league-low 50.0 percent of field goals (12 of 24), while the Fire ranks fifth in that department having hit on 55.6 percent of their field goals (10 of 18)聟 QB CHAD HUTCHINSON (Dallas Cowboys) threw touchdown passes to WR WILLIE QUINNIE (Atlanta Falcons) and WR SHOCKMAIN DAVIS (Green Bay Packers) in previous meeting between clubs this season, when Rhein recorded a 20-13 victory.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / RECAP OF WEEK 9 NFL Europe 2004, Week 10 - Page 12
FRANKFURT GALAXY (7-2)
at BERLIN THUNDER (8-1)
Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Sunday June 6, 4:00 p.m.
Overall: Frankfurt leads 6-5
At Berlin: Series tied 3-3
At Frankfurt: Frankfurt leads 3-2
Streak: Berlin 2
This season: Berlin 31 at Frankfurt 27 (Week 8)
US: DELAY/FOX (1:00 p.m. ET)
CURT MENEFEE is joined in the broadcast booth by former NFL offensive lineman and current FOX NFL Sunday color analyst BRIAN BALDINGER.
Rookie head coach MIKE JONES has guided Frankfurt to a record sixth World Bowl appearance in his first season in charge. Won World Bowl rings in 1998 and 2000 as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff... RICK LANTZ brings more than 40 years of coaching experience to Berlin, where he has led the Thunder to World Bowl as a rookie head coach.
World Bowl teams go head to head in Week 10 action for the fourth time in NFLEL history. On each previous occasion, the Week 10 winner has ended up losing World Bowl the following weekend聟 Teams will battle to be regular season champions of NFL Europe. If Frankfurt beats Berlin by four points or more, they will be regular season champions for the second year in a row. No other team in league history has won back-to-back regular season crowns聟 If Berlin wins or avoids defeat by four points or more, they will be crowned regular season champions for the first time in club history聟 Frankfurt has reached a record sixth World Bowl, while Berlin is in the championship game for the third time in the past four seasons聟 The teams are the highest-scoring clubs in NFL Europe this season (Berlin, 248 points; Frankfurt, 212 points)聟 Frankfurt boasts NFL Europe聮s top-ranked offense in yards per game (327.6), while Berlin ranks second in that deparment, averaging 327.1 yards per game聟 Berlin leads NFL Europe in fewest sacks allowed (12), yards per pass completion (12.62) and passing touchdowns (24)聟 Frankfurt leads NFL Europe in rushing yards per game (138.9), average yards per rush (4.3) and rushing touchdowns (14)聟 Both teams have been impressive in the turnover ratio department. Frankfurt leads NFL Europe with a +12 ratio (league-high 25 takeaways to 13 giveaways). Berlin ranks second with a +10 ratio (22 takeaways to 12 giveaways). They are the only two teams in the league with a positive turnover ratio聟 Frankfurt ranks fourth defensively in yards allowed per game (297.3) but lead NFL Europe in quarterback sacks (27), interceptions (13), fumble recoveries (12) and fewest touchdowns allowed (17)聟 In first meeting between teams this season, Berlin ran out 31-27 winners in a classic encounter in the Waldstadion. Thunder QB ROHAN DAVEY (New England Patriots) threw 4 touchdown passes, while RB ERIC McCOO (Philadelphia Eagles) gained 187 total yards (106 rushing, 81 receiving) and scored on a 28-yard catch and run.
路 WEEK NINE RECAP 路
Berlin Thunder 27, Scottish Claymores 19
(Hampden Park, Glasgow. Attendance: 9,153)
David Rivers (Thunder) 202 passing yards, 2 TD
Scott McCready (Claymores) 11 receptions
Eric McCoo (Thunder) 10 receptions, 109 yards
Rob Hart (Claymores) 4 field goals
Frankfurt Galaxy 20, Rhein Fire 14 (OT)
(Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen. Att: 26,417)
Skip Hicks (Galaxy) 88 rushing yards, 1 TD
Dustin Cohen (Galaxy) 13 tackles, 1 interception
Rober聮 Freeman (Fire) 61-yard fumble return TD
Amsterdam Admirals 23, Cologne Centurions 18
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 9,056)
Willie Pile (Admirals) 5 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack
Avon Cobourne (Centurions) 74 rush yards, 19 rec yards
Clint Stoerner (Admirals) 143 passing yards, 2 TD