Championship Game: A Closer Look at the Receiving Corps
The European League of Football featured a number of outstanding passing attacks in its inaugural season. In the final game of the season, the Frankfurt Galaxy (9-1) and the Hamburg Sea Devils (7-3) will try to bring out their best aerial attack to put points on the board.
Let’s have a look at the production and depth of both receiving corps going into the Championship Game.
Frankfurt Galaxy (9-1)
The Frankfurt Galaxy (9-1) have a dominant receiving corps, especially when you look at their weapons at wide receiver and their production throughout the 2021 season. Their wide receiver room even features former NFL wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou who was voted into the All-Star team by the fans and coaches.
2 Touchdowns | 126 Receiving Yards | 11.5 Receiving Yards Per Game
The Galaxy started the inaugural season in the European League of Football without a tight end on their roster. However, they signed Kevin Mwamba after week two of the regular season to bring a new dimension to their offense.
Mwamba played seven total games throughout the season and received 4.7% of all pass completions by the team. By doing so, he recorded 126 receiving yards and two total touchdown receptions. He also averaged 11.5 yards per catch which is comparable to the 11.6 yards per catch averaged by the team overall.
29 Touchdowns | 2536 Receiving Yards | 230.5 Receiving Yards Per Game
When you look at the wide receiver group of the Frankfurt Galaxy, you find a list of five players who all recorded more than 300 receiving yards. This productions stems from the sheer number of completions: 85.8% of all completed passes by the Galaxy quarterbacks were caught by their wide receivers. On top of that, Anthony Mahoungou, Marvin Rutsch, Nico Strahmann, and Hendrik Schwarz were active in all eleven games played by the Galaxy this season.
Those impressive stats are backed up by receiving touchdowns and receiving yards. Over eleven games played, which includes all ten regular season games and the South Conference playoff game, all Galaxy receivers combined were responsible for 29 receiving touchdowns and 2536 receiving yards. As a result, the Galaxy receivers came up with an average of 230.5 yards receiving yards per game.
A player who stood out is former NFL wideout and All-Star player Anthony Mahoungou. He alone caught seven touchdowns which is the most by any player on the Galaxy roster. He also hauled in 36 catches for 534 yards which both are team records as well.
Lorenz Regler has the most yards per game as he averaged 49.6 receiving yards in each game he played. On top of that, Regler recorded 17.2 yards per catch which is a Galaxy team record as well. Despite leading the team in those two categories, he was not able to lead the team in receiving yards as he missed two games due to injury: his last one being the South Conference playoff game against the Centurions.
Hamburg Sea Devils (7-3)
The Hamburg Sea Devils (7-3) have a totally different approach when it comes to their passing game. Instead of leaning on their wide receivers for a majority of pass completions, the Sea Devils have one of the best tight ends in the league who is used like their number one receiver: All-Star Adria Botella Moreno.
Overall, the Sea Devils receiving corps came up with 9.3 yards per catch and a total of 17 touchdown receptions.
8 Touchdowns | 698 Receiving Yards | 63.5 Receiving Yards Per Game
Out of the already mentioned 17 touchdowns recpetions, the Sea Devils tight ends were responsible for eight total scores. This is almost half of the total scores compared to only two touchdown receptions out of 33 total passing touchdowns on the Galaxy roster. On top of that, 37.2% of all completions went to Sea Devils’ tight ends which is 32.5% more compared to the Galaxy.
As already mentioned, All-Star tight end Adria Botella Moreno is one of the best tight ends in the league. He leads the Sea Devils with 612 receiving yards, 11.8 yards per catch, six touchdown receptions, and 61.2 receiving yards per game. On top of his freakish perfomances throught the season, John Levi Kruse was responsible for 80 receiving yards and two scores as well.
The Sea Devils’ tight ends totaled 698 receiving yards in eleven games which resulted in 63.5 receiving yards per game: the most by any tight end group in 2021.
9 Touchdowns | 909 Receiving Yards | 82.6 Receiving Yards Per Game
The Sea Devils’ wide receivers came up with 20 less touchdowns and 1627 less receiving yards so far in the 2021 season compard to the Galaxy wideouts. A reason for that astonishing difference is the Sea Devils target share on offense. Only 51.8% of all completed passes were caught by wide receivers on the Sea Devils offense.
Consequently, their wide receivers only haveone more touchdown reception and 211 more receiving yards compared to the tight end position.
The leading wide receiver for the Sea Devils, Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo, came up with 318 receiving yards and five touchdowns in ten games played. On top of that, Madin Cerezo is the only player who even played ten or more games alongside tight end Botella Moreno. All the other wide receivers and tight ends played in nine or less games due to injuries.
One player to look out for at the Championship Game is wide receiver Kwame Ofori. Over the course of the season, Ofori had the most receiving yards per catch (16.8) and had his strongest performance in the playoffs against the Panthers. In that game, Ofori recorded his lone touchdown of the season on a 31-yard reception.
If you would like to see the wide receivers and tight ends of both teams at the Championship Game, you still have the chance to purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.