Sep 6th, 2023 15:00, by Dominik Krauss

Homegrowns of the Week: Standouts on both sides of the ball

Steve Bunkahle

Sep 6th, 2023 15:00, by Dominik Krauss

Homegrowns of the Week: Standouts on both sides of the ball

Week 14 of the European League of Football season, saw some outstanding performances by homegrown players.

Last weekend, the Vienna Vikings’ backups got the chance to show what they are capable of. Johannes Schütz made the most out of his chance, amassing 278 all-purpose yards by rushing for 28 yards, returning kickoffs for 61 yards, and catching five passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. With a performance like that, the 21-year-old deserves a spot on this week’s list.

But there was a second Viking that performed on a high level on Saturday. Daniel Schönet, who usually plays linebacker, played a few snaps at running back and had the best game of his ELF career. The 34-year-old turned his eight carries into 119 yards and three touchdowns, leading the team in both categories and deservingly making the list this week.

On Sunday, Marvin Rutsch capped off one of the most impressive homegrown wide receivers seasons of 2023. The Munich Ravens’ pass catcher hauled in 11 receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown in a 55-0 home victory. The 25-year-old ends the season with the third-most receptions in the league and a spot on the homegrowns of the week list.

Raphael Zistler had an impressive showing against the Helvetic Guards. The 28-year-old defensive tackle had one of the best defensive performances of the week, recording five tackles, 2.5 TFL a sack and a fumble recovery in a 47-19 home victory against the Conference rival.

Dawid Brzozowski has played a historic 2023 season. With his 155 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 32 carries, the Polish phenom became the first ever homegrown to exceed 1000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. The 22-year-old literally carried the Panthers to the playoffs and makes another appearance on this list.

It’s never too late to become a homegrown of the week, and Kamil Ruta is the best example for that. The 37-year-old played his best game of the season, recording four tackles along with two TFL and two sacks in a dominant 35-6 win over the Fehérvár Enthroners.

Harlan Kwofie once again showed what he is capable of on Sunday, catching four passes for 167 yards and an astonishing three touchdowns. Despite starting the season as wide receiver number three, Kwofie has proven to be a deep threat and difference maker for the undefeated Rhein Fire. 

After missing four games due to injury, Flamur Simon’s return over the past few weeks has been great. The 23-year-old saved his best game for the last week of the season, recording 12 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks and an interception in the battle for the Conference Championship against the Frankfurt Galaxy.

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