Saarland Hurricanes QB Josh Goldin # 17 escapes the onslaught Photo: Sarah Philipp
In a low score game, this is Cyclones in Saarland kept the AllgÃ¤u Comets Offense in check to secure the fourth win of the season and the Comets 17-7 to move into first place DaF South Ranking.
Both teams entered the competition with explosive attacks, but it was defense that dominated the day.
AllgÃ¤u received the opening shot but the offense stalled prematurely despite efforts to run back Glen Toonga both in the running and in the passing game. The Hurricanes took over in midfield after a punt and Saarland Quarterback Josh Goldin went to work. He led the team down to the red zone and relied on running back Kai JÃ¤ger, but the Comets front seven dropped Goldin for two losses that force a 47-yard field goal what Saarland a 3-0 lead.
After the subsequent Comets Drive also stalled, Goldin and the Hurricanes went back to work AllgÃ¤u Defense. Walking and throwing on the run was the topic of the day for Goldin as he finished the driveway with a 20 meter intersection route to Hunter who ran through them Comet ‘ secondary to extend the lead to 10-0 in the second quarter.
Neither side would produce much offensive for the rest of the second quarter until Saarland Threatened at the end of half. But Goldin overturned Victor Wharton III on an out route and the ball fell straight into the waiting arms of Comet Julius Tager who returned the interception? 60 yards before you get to the ten yard line by Goldin.
Despite the drastic change in the field position, the Comets couldn’t win a single yard and instead settled for a 25-yard field goal attempt that sailed far to the left. However, a personal foul of the Hurricanes gave the Comets a breath of life and two plays later Tonga drove the ball over the line for AllgÃ¤u first score to make it 10-7.
Both teams came out in the third quarter as in the first half. The Comets couldn’t do much offensively since Saarland did a great job filling it Tonga. The Hurricanes on the other hand could move hit the ball across the field with an unorthodox but effective style of attack. The second Hurricanes Touchdown came from a smoke screen in the fourth quarter German receiver Marcel Baumbach who has just walked 30 yards through that Comets Defense to extend the lead to 17-7 by the middle of the fourth quarter, and that’s how the game ended.
With the victory is the Hurricanes improved to 4-1 and the DaF South lead in front of the unbeaten SchwÃ¤bisch Hall unicorns (3-0) which they won’t face until August 28th while AllgÃ¤u fell back to 2-1 and finished fifth overall.