Jun 18th 10:00, by Felix Pahl

Impressive Bravos, unstoppable Tonga and Comeback-Eppler

Cologne Centurions / Marc Junge

Jun 18th 10:00, by Felix Pahl

Impressive Bravos, unstoppable Tonga and Comeback-Eppler

Toonga unstoppable

The clash between Rhein Fire and Paris Musketeers was a rollercoaster of excitement. Turnovers, big plays, and undisciplined actions leading to numerous penalties, defined the game. Initially, it seemed Rhein Fire might face a similar downfall as in their previous match against Madrid Bravos, but Glen Toonga had other plans. Running Back Toonga was unstoppable, racking up an incredible 258 total yards. His performance was pivotal in Rhein Fire's victory, leaving the Musketeers trailing behind.

Bravos: Running game and defense crucial

Madrid Bravos continue their undefeated streak with another impressive win. Despite Cologne's efforts with some thrilling big plays, the Bravos' powerful running game made the difference. Dwayne Obi stood out with 159 total yards, including 123 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bravos' defense also stepped up, snagging two crucial interceptions from quarterback Isaiah Weed, ensuring Cologne never had a chance to clinch the game.

Vikings' dramatic comeback

Berlin Thunder seemed poised to be the first team to beat Vienna Vikings this season. The connection between Jakeb Sullivan and Aaron Jackson was unstoppable early on, and the Thunder defense forced several turnovers. New Vikings quarterback Shelton Eppler was under pressure and made several mistakes. With eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Thunder led 20-9 and looked set for victory. However, Eppler turned the game around, throwing two touchdowns in the remaining time to secure a win for the Vikings.

Shelton Eppler had a mixed first game for the Vikings. ©Hannes Jirgal

Must-win for Galaxy

In a must-win game for both teams, Frankfurt Galaxy showed their determination, unlike the Wroclaw Panthers. The Panthers' offense, led by new quarterback John Uribe, struggled against Frankfurt's strong defense in the first half. Although the Panthers' offense improved slightly in the second half, they never truly threatened Frankfurt. The Panthers' defense kept them in the game for a while, even forcing an interception, but it wasn't enough. Frankfurt's quarterback Luke Zahradka showcased his arm talent with two touchdown passes, sealing the victory.

Highlight-reel moments in Innsbruck

A real nail-biter unfolded in Innsbruck as the Raiders Tirol faced the Munich Ravens. It was the first game for Raiders' new quarterback N’Kosi Perry. The game started well for the Raiders with a strong touchdown run from Tobias Bonatti, but what followed was a back-and-forth battle. Touchdowns, field goals, turnovers, and big plays made for an intense game. In their final drive, the Raiders' offense shone, especially the connection between QB N’Kosi Perry and wide receiver Darion Chafin. This duo delivered highlight-reel moments, including a game-winning touchdown pass on 4th-and-12 with just eleven seconds left on the clock.

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