Seven team members from The Growth of a Game were in action this weekend and all were victorious in their respective games.
The weekend kicked off with the Warsaw Eagles as they faced the Szczecin Husaria in Polish Topliga action. The Eagles were forced to play their first game of the season last weekend without two of their primary imports due to a clerical error by Eagles’ management, resulting in a 27-12 loss to the Białystok Lowlanders. Back at full strength in their second game of the season, the Eagles overwhelmed the Husaria 54-6. The Eagles were led with a strong performance from quarterback Greg Watson, who had 2 passing TDs to go along with 2 rushing TDs. Watson had the play of the day when he escaped a heavy pass rush by eluding six defenders before running for a 30-yard jaw-dropping touchdown. The Eagles defense also turned in an impressive performance against the Husaria, who were held scoreless until the 4th quarter. The Husaria won their previous game against the Warsaw Sharks, 24-6. The Eagles offense was led by head coach and offensive coordinator Daniel Levy and offensive line coach Eoin O’Sulivan, while the defense was led by defensive coordinator Matheus Dias and defensive backs coach Lex Braga. The Eagles are now 1-1 and face the Poznań Kozły in their next matchup on May 3rd. Highlights from the Eagles’ victory over the Szczecin Husaria can be seen here.
In the Austrian Football League (AFL), quarterback Luke Zahradka led the Prague Black Panthers to a 27-14 home victory over the Danube Dragons. Zahradka threw for 197 yards and 3 TDs and currently ranks 2nd in the AFL in passing yards and touchdowns, averaging 253 yards passing to go along with 7 TDs, respectively. The Black Panthers are now 1-2 and face the Swarco Raiders for the second time on May 1st in Innsbruck.
The Castelfranco Cavaliers – led by head coach Kim Ewé – overcame a 5-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Trieste Muli 32-8. The Cavaliers remain undefeated at 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 161-48 so far this season. They’re currently in first place in Group C in the Italian 2nd division and are well on their way to contending for promotion to the Italian 1st division. The Cavaliers finished 6-3 in 2015, Ewé’s first season with the team. Ewé is one of the top European coaches around, having won 5 national championships with two different teams in Denmark prior to taking over the head coaching position with the Cavaliers. Highlights from the Cavaliers’ win over the Trieste Muli can be seen here.
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