On Saturday, July 17th, the Barcelona Dragons traveled to Frankfurt to face the Galaxy in a reasonably one-sided matchup. The Galaxy, led by quarterback Jakeb Sullivan would keep the lead for almost the entire game, getting the win with a final score of 42-22 and moving Frankfurt to a 4-1 record. The Dragons remain winless, moving to an 0-4 record on the season.
The Dragons began the game with the ball, and following some solid running by Antonio Monton, ELF passing yards leader coming into week 5, quarterback Zach Edwards would find Remi Bartellin on a 15-yard touchdown grab. They’d miss the PAT but lead the game early 6-0.
The Frankfurt Galaxy answered with a touchdown of their own on the next drive. They’d get the ground game going with Justin Rodney, and quarterback Jakeb Sullivan would cap the drive off with a touchdown to Anthony Mahoungou. They’d make the PAT and take the lead 7-6.
Following a punt by the Dragons on their next drive, The Galaxy found their way to the endzone once again. More solid running by Justin Rodney and a deep bomb hauled in by wide receiver Marvin Rutsch would set up a 9-yard Frankfurt touchdown by wide receiver Nico Strahmann increasing the early lead to 14-6.
When Barcelona returned to the field, quarterback Zach Edwards found wide receiver Jean Constant for a few nice catches, capping the drive off with a field goal by new kicker Giorgio Tacecchio, making the score 14-9.
The game slowed down in terms of scoring as we got deeper into the 2nd quarter, but following a handful of drives stalling out, Jakeb Sullivan and the Frankfurt Galaxy would again find the endzone. A massive reception by wide receiver Nico Strahmann to get into the redzone set up a 15-yard rushing touchdown by running back Justin Rodney, increasing their lead to 21-9 as we approached the 2-minute warning.
Barcelona put a short drive together, and kicker Giorgio Tavecchio would convert a 56-yard field goal making the score 21-12 going into halftime.
Frankfurt began the 2nd half with the ball, and it was a slow start for both teams. Each team found themselves punting the ball away early coming out of the locker room, but it wouldn’t take the Galaxy long to find the endzone again. Sullivan would find wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou for a wide-open touchdown, but they’d miss the PAT, making the score 27-12.
On the Dragons’ next drive, defensive back Niko Lester set up great field position with an excellent kick return, but quarterback Zach Edwards would be intercepted by Frankfurt defensive back Omari Williams who returned the ball 40 yards. Frankfurt capitalized on the excellent field position and capped off the drive with a touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Jakeb Sullivan. They’d convert the 2 point attempt and increase their lead to 35-12.
The Dragons stalled out again on their next drive, and the Galaxy would work their way down the field once again. Jakeb Sullivan would find wide receiver Hendrik Schwarz to get into the redzone and connected with wide receiver Nico Strahmann in the endzone, making the score 42-12.
Barcelona would finally get more points on the board on their next drive, with Zach Edwards finding wide receiver Mario Flores down the sideline for 73 yards and a touchdown. They’d convert the PAT, making the score 42-19 as the end of the 3rd quarter grew closer.
Frankfurt had their next drive stall out, and the Dragons worked their way down the field once again. They’d end the drive with another field goal, making the score 42-22. The ball changed hands a few more times, with Dragons defensive back Andy Vera intercepting the ball on back to back drives, but Frankfurt would run the clock out to end the game.
The Galaxy got the win and will move to a 4-1 record on the year. Barcelona currently remains winless with an 0-4 record.
The Frankfurt Galaxy will have a bye next week. Their next game will be in Frankfurt vs. the Stuttgart Surge on Sunday, August 1st, at 9 am EST.
The Barcelona Dragons will host the Berlin Thunder on Saturday, July 24th, at 1 pm EST.