Rhein Fire and HC Jim Tomsula shock ELF champions with first win since 2007

Rhein Fire’s Timothy Kneuttel makes a jump catch: Photo: Jason Brown Photography

In front of almost eight thousand fans in the PSD arena in Frankfurtthe Rhine Fire from Dusseldorf traveled south to face off against the defending champion Frankfurt galaxy with one goal in mind – to shock the rest European Football League and claim a win in her first game since her NFL Europe days in 2007.

And shock them ELEVEN they beat them galaxy 29:26 deficit victory, after which head coach Jim Tomsula is beaming.

In other words, the plan worked almost perfectly. If the Rhine Fire revived their team last October, management made it clear that they wanted to build on the team’s glory days of the time NFL Europe. Stick to the brand that Rhine Fire brought back Tomsula who was training this Fire back in 2005 before becoming head coach in the NFL with the san Francisco 49ers.

It was clear from the start that Tomsula was bringing one NFL attitude to Fire.

At the beginning of the first quarter Tomsula’s quarterback Matt Adam scrambled to find Nathaniel Robitaille low on the left touchline for a 60-yard gain. A few games later Adam found Timothy Knuettel in the end zone and gave them the first points of the game. Nor the Rhine Fire couldn’t use the extra point and took a 6-0 lead.

Frankfurt reacted when Jakeb Sullivan, MVP of last year’s championship game, found Marvin Slip for a big win. Nor the galaxy Drive faltered and they had to settle for a 40-yard field goal, cutting the lead in half.

After trading punts, Adam went deep and found Timothy Knuettel for a 36-yard touchdown. Once again, Adam and Knüttel looked in sync to score their second result of the day. At least, that’s how it seemed when Knuettel was ruled out after a retest at the one-yard line. Adam then ran a quarterback sneak in the next game, making the score 13-6.

On the next play of scrimmage, the Rhine Fire scored again like Swiss Linebacker Lukas Ruoss stepped in front of a pass down the middle and ran it back for a 35-yard pick-six.

Behind 19-3, the championship experience of the galaxy The next drive showed a beautifully executed drive with Sullivan Engineering, which relied on short passes. Then accomplished quarterback found running back Gennadiy Adams for a 3-yard touchdown pass to reduce the lead to 19-9. However, the Dusseldorf The defense came out big on the next game and stopped Frankfurt’s two point conversion.

After a strong defensive series Frankfurt got the ball back with less than a minute left at halftime. Sullivan found his receiver, Timo Benshuh, over center and set up an impressive 55-yard field goal from the former Division One (ball Federal State)-Kicker Ryan Rimmler to further reduce the gap to 19:12 shortly before the break.

Now with momentum and a home crowd behind me, Frankfurt marched down the field to start the second half when Sullivan looked sharp and spread the ball to several different targets. The double threat quarterback capped the drive with a quarterback sneak touchdown that tied the game at 19.

That Rhine Offense initially responded with a 45-yard return from the former galaxy Defensive back Omari Williams, then with two big plays from running backs Jason Agueman and Daniel Rennich. Aguemon and the Rhine Fire then took a 26-19 lead Frenchman powered by the Frankfurt Defending for a one-yard touchdown run.

That Fire almost used the momentum when Till Janssen made a spectacular interception. But only three games later they had to punt.

Frankfurt responded with a 99-yard clutch scoring drive that was kept alive by a fourth and seven clutch conversions in enemy territory. Sullivan stepped forward and delivered a laser to running back Gennadiy Adams across the middle of the field.

After a controversial defensive pass glitch, Sullivan ran on a quarterback sneak in his second touchdown of the day after All-Europe center Joachim Christensen. Frankfurt’s Kicker Rimmler then drilled the extra point that tied the game at 26 with just five minutes left.

In the next series, disaster struck Rhine Fire when starting quarterback Matt Adams went down with a knee injury, forcing her to stab. Still coach Jim Tomsula and the Dusseldorf The defense forced a timed three and put them back on the ball Frankfurt’s own 45-yard line with 1:52 remaining in play.

Substitute quarterback Rohat Dagelen. The 25 year old German who last played for the Dusseldorf bulldozer in of Germany The minor leagues were now tasked with giving the hometown team their first professional win since 2007. Dagelen reacted fearlessly and threw a nice touch pass to Nathaniel Robitaille on the left touchline Rhine Fire well within field goal range.

A few games later, Daniel Schumacher nailed a 29-yard field goal and gave the hit Rhine Fire their first win in 15 years, which shocked the defending champions at home and sent a strong message to the rest of the world ELEVEN.

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In the other game in the elF Departments Central and South, the Viennese Vikings dejected Austrian competitors who Tirol Raiders, 29-23. While Barcelona kite won 38-9 over the Stuttgart stormand the Cologne centurions defeated the Rams from Istanbul 40-38.

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