GB Lions v Germany

Great Britain started the game in positive fashion with the defensive unit forcing the Germans into a punting situation, but due to a Lions penalty the Germans were awarded a first down. A sustained drive lasting some seven minutes saw the German QB throw an 11 yard pass to Joachim Ulrich (Marburg Mercenaries) for the go ahead score. The PAT was successful and the Lions were 7:0 down.  Marc Biedenkapp’s (Schwabisch Hall Unicorns) attempted a 31 yard field goal which failed, as he sent the ball wide to the left.
Germany went further ahead when wide receiver Markus Schopf (Munich Cowboys) hauled in a 13 yard pass, once again the PAT was good, putting the Lions 14:0 down.

Responding the Lions put together an impressive drive with passes to Tam Byrne (Manchester Titans) and 3 to Mark Cohen (Coventry Jets). This drive got all the way to the 4 yard line when QB David Drane threw 4 straight incompletions. Giving the Germans the ball back with 40 seconds remaining in the half. In the dying seconds the Germans failed on a 51 yard field goal attempt.


Scott Rowe gives it up for the GB Lions against Germany

Both offenses struggled to make any impact with their running games in the first half. Any yards gained on the ground were “hard yards”.

The second half started poorly for the Lions, after a bad snap and 2 penalties they were facing a 2nd and 28 situation. This time they kept it on the ground with Kofi Campbell (Birmingham Bulls) making a gain of 13 yards, but this only meant that the Lions had to punt.  6 plays later the Lions were trailing by 21:0, an 88 yard drive culminated in a 13 yard run for Christian Porschmann (Dusseldorf Panthers), the kicker was again on target for the PAT. The kick off was fielded by Jeremy Simms (London Olympians) who returned it to the 40 yard line. Some strong running from Kofi paid dividends, but not enough to trouble the scoreboard.

The fourth quarter saw the Germans controlling the game and running down the clock, until with less than 7 minutes remaining quarterback Mike Friese (Braunschweig Lions) picked out Porschmann for a 26 yard score, his second of the day. The PAT was good leaving the Lions on the wrong end of a 28:0 scoreline. Worse was to come when that man Porschmann run into the endzone from 22 yards out, giving him his hat-trick. For once the accuracy of the kicker deserted him and PAT was no good. The number 1 seeded team now held a 34:0 lead, which was how the game would finish.


GB LIONS - Brian Long – Doncaster Mustangs
GERMANY - Christian Porschmann - Dusseldorf Panthers