On Saturday, September 11th, the Frankfurt Galaxy hosted the Cologne Centurions in the European League of Football’s first-ever playoff matchup. The Galaxy would get the win, ending the game with a final score of 36-0. They’d claim the title of South Division Champions, moving them on to the ELF’s Championship game in Düsseldorf on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 8:45 am EST. Their opponent will be determined in tomorrow morning’s matchup when the Hamburg Sea Devils host the Wroclaw Panthers at 8:45 am EST.
The Galaxy began the game with the ball and would score in 3 plays on their opening drive. Quarterback Jakeb Sullivan would find Tight End Kevin Mwamba for a long touchdown, and running back Gennadiy Adams converted a 2 point attempt, giving them an early lead of 8-0.
It would be a slow start for Cologne, who would get the ground game going with running back Madre London, but would be forced to punt on their first drive.
Frankfurt would score again on their next drive, with wide receiver Hendrik Schwarz hauling in a pass from quarterback Jakeb Sullivan in the endzone. The Galaxy would go for another 2 point attempt but did not convert this time, increasing their lead to 14-0.
The defense would pick up in the second quarter, as both teams would trade punts a few times before the Galaxy would work their way into the endzone once again. Quarterback Jakeb Sullivan connected with wide receiver Hendrik Schwarz in the endzone, and they’d convert the PAT, increasing their lead to 21-0.
The Centurions put together a nice drive when they returned to the field, but they would not score as the series would end with a blocked field goal.
The Galaxy found the endzone one more time before halftime, with quarterback Jakeb Sullivan connecting with wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou 39 yards down the field for a touchdown. They would not convert the PAT, making the score 27-0 going into halftime.
It would be a slow start to the second half for both teams, who would trade punts on a few back-to-back drives. As the end of the 3rd quarter approached, the Galaxy worked their way into the endzone again, with quarterback Jakeb Sullivan finding wide receiver Marvin Rutsch 55 yards down the field for a touchdown. They would not convert the PAT attempt, making the score 33-0.
Centurions quarterback Jan Weinreich would throw an interception to Galaxy defensive back Fernando Lowery on the next drive, but they could not capitalize on the opportunity and turned the ball over on downs. Lowery would get a second interception on the next drive, but they’d again not be able to capitalize on the turnover.
Frankfurt would take most of their starters out of the game and work their way down the field on the following series. They’d add 3 more points with a field goal, increasing their already insurmountable lead to 36-0 early in the 4th quarter.
The Centurions finally found the endzone for the first time on their next series. They’d put a nice drive together, ending with a short rushing touchdown from running back Madre London. They would not convert the 2 point attempt, making the score 36-6 as we approached the end of the game.
Frankfurt began to kill the remaining clock on the next drive, but backup quarterback Moritz Johannknecht would throw an interception to Cologne defensive back Marlon Mbaye. Cologne would turn the ball over on downs, and the Galaxy offense ran out the remaining time on the clock.
Frankfurt would take the win with a final score of 36-6, claiming the title of South Division Champions.
The Frankfurt Galaxy will move on to the European League of Football’s first-ever Championship game, taking place in Düsseldorf on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 8:45 am EST.