210905 Frankfurt Galaxy - Cologne Centurions

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Frankfurt Galaxy

Players to watch: #6 QB Moritz Johannknecht: Played several drives in this season - last performances in Week 7 against Stuttgart (from the last drive in the 3rd quarter on) and Week 8 against Hamburg (from the 4th quarter on) - stats combined: 139 passing yards, 1 TD, C-A-I: 8-11-0  

#55 DL Ville Valasti - Had a great game against Barcelona and their OL. Week 11: 3 total tackles (2 solo), 2.5 sacks / 2 TFL and 1 forced fumble. 

#21 RB Gennadiy Adams - Frankfurt´s US RB finally returned right before the playoffs (was injured since Week 2). He will probably play the first quarter or half against Cologne in Week 12 to get a little bit more time on the field during a competition. You can expect him to start in Week 12 and in the playoffs as RB for the Galaxy. Week 11: 10 carries, 80 net rushing yards - 3 catches for 18 yards. 

Head Coach: Thomas Kösling - was with the Frankfurt Universe in the GFL. Started as DC, then HC (He is also the DC for Frankfurt Galaxy) - Played LB himself. He works as a police officer. Sebastian Silva Gomez talked about his clear statements and his authority in the podcast “Euro Ballers” (Title: WEEK #3 - around minute ten - German language). 

His favorite NFL-Team: Minnesota Vikings - He started watching football when Randy Moss was drafted to the Vikings and was heavily impressed by him. Coaches he looked up to: Markus Grahn (won as a part of the coaching staff the World Bowl in 2006), Mike Williams (gave him his first coaching job - former HC of the Hamburg Huskies), Daniel Garcia and John Rosenberg.


Cologne Centurions

Players to watch: #44 LB Marius Kensy - Week 11: 10 solo tackles (13 total), 1 sack, 2 TFL and 1 deflected pass. Week 10: 7 total tackles (4 solo + 1 sack for 7 yards) and 1 Blks. 

#87 TE Florian Eichhorn - Week 10 + 11: 3 catches for 28 yards. 

#6 QB Jannik Nowak - Week 11: Played the last quarter against Stuttgart but Cologne ran the ball most of the time. He only attempted two passes and had one completion for 12 yards. He ran with the ball in his hands (2 carries) for 11 net rushing yards. Cologne scored a TD on his first drive (his completion to Lenhardt and several rushes by Madre London). 

Head Coach: Kirk Heidelberg - Coached high school football in the States, but also coached a lot of teams in Europe; 1995 HC Hamburg Blue Devils; 1998-2000 coached for Cologne Crocodiles with his DC Javan Lenhardt. Heidelberg worked together with Nick Saban in Toledo for one year (HC University of Alabama - Crimson Tide - 6x National Champion with the Crimson Tide as HC) - Saban is a coach Heidelberg looks up to. Another inspiration is Don James (died in 2013, had a perfect 12-0 season in 1991 with the Washington Huskies - won the Rose Bowl against Michigan. James was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997) - Favorite NFL Team: Detroit Lions (since he was a boy) and Seattle Seahawks (they like to run the ball).