Scorpions sting Cowboys
GFL Final – Stuttgart Scorpions 17, Munich Cowboys 3
Dante Stadium, August 11 - Stuttgart Scorpions Quarterback Thomas Schneider was able to pass and run the ball leading his team to a 17-3 win against the Munich Cowboys. The Scorpions who are third in the GFL South division, won their sixth game this season while Munich drop to 1-8-1.
Schneider threw for 176 yards and TD, and added 115 more yards and another rushing TD on the ground as he was clearly the player of the game, keeping the Cowboysâ defense at bay.
Munich’s QB Patrick Carey was solid, 12-24 for 110 yards, but he was unable to get his team in the end zone, He was intercepted early by Stuttgart’s Hans Stecher and it affected his play throughout the game.
With 6:20 left in the first quarter Munich had a chance to put some points on the board with a field goal attempt but came up short, keeping the game tied 0-0. The first quarter was back and forth with a few first downs but Munich was able to set the pace and played very well on defense in the first quarter but were unable to break past the Scorpionâs defensive line.
Unfortunately the Scorpions started to find holes in Munich’s defense and scored their first touchdown in the second quarter, Schneider hooking up with John Pike for a 6 yard TD pass. The drive took 12 plays over 75 yards in only four minutes.
The Scorpions managed to make it within field goal range with two seconds left after a strong offensive and were unable to make the three points. The Scorpion’s kicker received the ball then fumbled it as the clock ran out.
In the third quarter Schneider was not afraid of running the ball himself, rushing seven times for 61 yards, capping it with a 6 yard TD run with 5:59 left in the third quarter, making it 14-0 for Stuttgart.
Munich’s Fabien Gärtner was the star on offense with 154 rushing yards, but was never really able to break free to score a touchdown. Munich had some problems with penalties that hurt their game. At third and two in the red zone, Munich received a penalty pushing them back 15 yards and forcing them to kick a field goal. Fortunately for Munich their kicker was spot on and was able to put some points on the board. Munich now trailed 14-3. By the end of the third quarter it did not look like Munich would be able to make a comeback.
There were several small things that prevented Munich from being able to get more points on the board. One of those things was the penalties, “It was the little things on offense that hurt us,” said Cowboys head coach James Craig.
When asked if Coach Craig was worried about being forced down to the second league at the end of the season, he remained confident. “No, one game at a time. There is no reason to worry about things in the future, we have to worry about our next game and take care of business now.”
With only four games left in the season Coach Craig has his work cut our for him if he wants to prevent his team from dropping down to the second league.