Jun 19th 07:00, by Tim Rausch

Best homegrowns: Offensive go-to-guys stand out in week 4

Marc Junge

Jun 19th 07:00, by Tim Rausch

Best homegrowns: Offensive go-to-guys stand out in week 4

In the European League of Football, it is worth taking a look at the young players and homegrown veterans. Every year, new faces emerge who prove their strength and inspire the fans locally. In week four, a couple of offensive players took the spotlight and ran with it:

Gerald Ameln, running back, Cologne Centurions

The former "Offensive Rookie of the Year" has been a mainstay in the Centurions backfield for two seasons now. Despite his team falling short to the Madrid Bravos (24:35), the running back had a good day and found numerous holes in the Bravos' defense. 

Ameln carried the ball 24 times, rushing for 168 yards and a touchdown. Early in the second quarter, he showed his speed on a 85-yard touchdown run. In just three games, Ameln has already collected 329 rushing yards and three touchdowns, making him one of the more dangerous rushing threats in the league.

Tobias Bonatti, running back, Raiders Tirol

In a nailbiter, the Raiders clinched an important victory over the Munich Ravens. Wide receiver Darion Chafin stole the show with two very important catches on fourth downs to close out the game and give Tirol the victory. However, the perfomance by Tobias Bonatti should not go unnoticed. 

The running back had 16 rushes and collected 112 rushing yards, while also adding two touchdowns. In his third season in the ELF, Bonatti already has established himself as one of the top ballcarriers in the league. 

Tobias Bonatti carrying the rock for the Raiders ©Goran Milosavljevic

Louis Geyer, wide receiver, Stuttgart Surge

Louis Geyer is no stranger to this weekly list. In three games, the wide receiver has gained 20 catches for 239 yards and league-leading five touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came againts the Milano Seamen.

Against the Italian side, Geyer used his route running and experience to get open multiple times. The Surge took home a comfortable 55-9 win, Geyer had his share in that. 

Jakob Neugebauer, wide receiver, Hamburg Sea Devils

If someone were to told us, that Jakob Neugebauer has a sore arm, we would not be surprised. The wideout "rang the bell" numerous times for the Hamburg Sea Devils, as he racked up yards and touchdowns. 

Multiple times, Neugebauer blew past the defense and caught several deep passes. Against the Prague Lions, he finished the game with 13 catches, 234 yards and three touchdowns. He was the clear MVP during the 27-17 win.  

Neugebauer making one of many catches. ©Henning Rohlfs 

Stanley Zeregbe, defensive end, Paris Musketeers

After going through multiple offensive players, the focus now turns to the defensive side of the teams. Despite the loss to Rhein Fire (19-14), Stanley Zeregbe stood out for the Paris Musketeers.

The defensive liner was a constant guest in Rhein Fire's backfield and sacked quarterback Jadrian Clark twice. He also added a couple of tackles to his resume. 

Daniel Bartmann, defensive liner, Frankfurt Galaxy

The defensive liner was a constant presence for the Frankfurt Galaxy during the 20-10 win over the Panthers Wrocław. Bartmann totaled twelve tackles, three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. 

Againts feisty running back Dawid Brzozowski, he made multiple good plays to keep him in check - at least on some downs. Maybe, this was the start of a breakout season.

Niki Terlitza, linebacker, Vienna Vikings

Eleven tackles, one tackle for loss, 3.5 (!) sacks - the stats speak for themselves. Niki Terlitza put on a show against Berlin Thunder and was one of the key reasons for the 25-20 victory for the Vikings. 

For Terlitza, its his first season in the ELF. Perhaps, there is a new star on the horizon.  

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