In week 9 of the European League of Football’s inaugural season, the Wroclaw Panthers hosted the Frankfurt Galaxy in a game that was expected to be much closer. The Galaxy would dominate the game and get a statement win over the Panthers, finishing with a final score of 36-7, moving them to a 7-1 record on the season. The Panthers move to a 3-4 record following this loss.
Frankfurt received the ball to begin the game and came out to a hot start. The opening kickoff rolled out of bounds giving the Galaxy excellent starting field position, and a big pass interference penalty would set up a 16-yard touchdown from quarterback Jakeb Sullivan to wide receiver Lorenz Regler. They’d convert the PAT, giving them an early 7-0 lead.
The Panthers took the field, and the offense worked to get newly signed wide receiver KaVonte Turpin involved. Turpin had a few nice plays but was held in check for the majority of the game. Quarterback Lukas O’Connor would lead the Panthers down the field and throw an interception to Galaxy defensive back Fernando Lowery.
The Galaxy returned to the field and continued to move the ball well. A nice reception by wide receiver Marvin Rutsch and a solid run by quarterback Jakeb Sullivan would set them up at the 2-yard line. Wide receiver Cheikhou Sow would cap off the drive with a short touchdown reception. They would not convert the 2 point attempt, increasing their lead to 13-0.
The scoring slowed down in the second quarter, and Panthers quarterback Lukas O’Connor would throw his second interception of the day, this time to Frankfurt linebacker Sebastian Gauthier. The Galaxy would miss a field goal wide to the left on their next drive. Following a punt by each team, the Panthers would also miss a long field goal.
As we approached halftime, the Galaxy worked their way down the field 1 more time. Quarterback Jakeb Sullivan would find wide receiver Hendrik Schwarz in the endzone, adding to their lead. They’d convert the PAT and extend their lead to 20-0.
The beginning of the 2nd half was filled with turnovers. Wroclaw received the ball to begin the second half, but they’d lose a fumble on the half’s opening drive. Frankfurt quarterback Jakeb Sullivan would turn the ball over on the following series, throwing an interception to Panthers linebacker William Lloyd. When Wroclaw returned to the field, quarterback Lukas O’Connor would throw his 3rd interception of the day to defensive back Joshua Poznanski, this time going for a touchdown. They’d miss the PAT making the score 26-0.
The Galaxy would convert a 38-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter, making the score 29-0. On the next series, quarterback Lukas O’Connor would be intercepted for the 4th time, again by Joshua Poznanski, who took this one for a touchdown, making it his 2nd pick 6 of the day, and increasing the already out of reach lead to 36-0 late in the 4th.
Lukas O’Connor and the Panthers would finally find the endzone on their final drive of the game, connecting with wide receiver Jakub Mazan for a 41-yard touchdown. They’d convert the PAT, making the score 36-7 as the game came to a close.
The Frankfurt Galaxy sealed the victory with a final score of 36-7, moving them to a 7-1 record on the year, while the Wroclaw Panthers will move to 3-4.
The Frankfurt Galaxy will have a bye next week. Their next game will be in Barcelona versus the Dragons on Saturday, August 28th, at 1 pm EST.
The Wroclaw Panthers will play their next game in Hamburg versus the Sea Devils on Sunday, August 22nd at 9 am EST.