Aug 30th, 2023 14:00, by Dominik Krauss

Homegrowns of the Week: Running Back Domination

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Aug 30th, 2023 14:00, by Dominik Krauss

Homegrowns of the Week: Running Back Domination

Week 13 of the ELF season has seen some great performance by homegrown players, especially on offense. Here are the best of them:

Vienna Vikings linebacker Leon Balogh had his best game of the season when it mattered the most. The 27-year-old recorded four tackles, two QB hits, two tackles for loss and two sacks, securing a surprisingly close 21-20 home win against the Fehérvár Enthroners. 

The Munich Ravens have been known for their great rushing game all season long, but the return of Justin Rodney added another thread for the newcomers. In just his fourth game for his new team, Rodney recorded career-highs in rushing and receiving with 120 yards and one touchdown on eight carries and 81 yards and a touchdown on two receptions.

Speaking of career-highs, Gerald Ameln had the best performance of his career as well. The three-year veteran, who is still just 22-years-old, eclipsed the 100-yard threshold for the first time by turning six carries into an astonishing 136 yards and three touchdowns. 

Jonathan Falk has turned into a tackle machine for the Helvetic Guards. After leading the league with 18 tackles in Week 11, the 33-year-old came out of the bye week and recorded 12 tackles on Sunday, putting him in a tied first place this week. Add a sack and a TFL into the mix, and you got yourself another great performance by the Guards’ unsung hero.

After Lorenz Regler and Normen Schumm made the list last week, it was Nico Strahmann’s time to shine on Sunday. The Week 6 MVP was his team’s lifeline against the Sea Devils, recording six catches for 111 yards and one touchdown in a 23-13 win over the Conference rival.

Even though the Raiders lost last weekend, there were two homegrown heroes that put the Austrians in a position to win. First off, there is Tobias Bonatti, who turned his 14 carries into 69 yards and two touchdowns, putting the Raiders in front early. 

Philipp Haun had an even bigger impact for the Raiders, catching almost half of Joe Dolincheck’s completions and making up for over three quarters of his QB’s yards. With five catches, a career-high of 160 yards and two touchdowns, the 28-year-old did everything he could to get his team over the hump, but still fell short in the end.

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