On Saturday, July 3rd, The Hamburg Sea Devils traveled to Barcelona for their week 3 matchup versus the Dragons. Hamburg would dominate in their win, with a final score of 32-14, moving them to a record 2-0 on the season following their bye.
The Sea Devils began the game with the ball and came out the gates hot. Jadrian Clark would get the start at quarterback for Hamburg, and they’d get the ground game going early with running back Xavier Johnson. They’d end their first drive with a short touchdown reception to tight end John Kruse making the score 7-0 early.
The Dragons came out slow, with the exception of wide receiver Jean Constant. However, Constants’ efforts would not be enough to put Barcelona on the board. A big 3rd down sack on Barcelona quarterback Zach Edwards by Sea Devils defensive tackle Evans Yeboah would lead to a Dragons field goal attempt. They’d miss the field goal, keeping the score at 7-0.
The Sea Devils got the ball back, and they would put another solid drive together. Wide receiver Moreno Botella would get a nice reception down the field, followed by another big run from Xavier Johnson to set Hamburg up in the redzone. The Dragons defense held strong and would hold the Sea Devils to a field goal, increasing their lead to 10-0.
On their next drive, the Dragons fumbled, and Sea Devils linebacker Ambroise Mati would recover the ball. Wide receiver Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo and running back Xavier Johnson would get the ball down the field where Dragons linebacker Alex Posito would get the sack on Hamburg quarterback Jadrian Clark on 3rd and short. The sack led to another Hamburg field goal, increasing the score to 13-0.
The Dragons had a hard time getting anything going in the 1st half, and the Sea Devils continued to be productive on all phases. Hamburg would add another field goal, and defensive back Justin Rogers returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown for the Sea Devils, making the score 23-0 by halftime.
The Dragons began the 2nd half with the ball and put a decent drive together. Zach Edwards would get the passing game going with big plays by Alejandro Herrero and Jean Constant but were held to a 42-yard field goal, which would be missed, keeping the score at 23-0.
Shortly after the 2nd half began, Sea Devils running back Xavier Johnson was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion. His status for week 4 is currently uncertain.
On their first possession of the 2nd half, Sea Devils quarterback Jadrian Clark threw an interception to Dragons defensive back Jordi Brugnani. Very shortly after that, the Dragons quarterback Zach Edwards would turn the ball over as well, getting picked off by Sea Devils defensive back Justin Rogers.
Without Xavier Johnson, backup running back Julian Ampaw came into the game picking up right where Johnson left off. He put together a few good runs on the drive, setting up a nice touchdown from quarterback Jadrian Clark to tight end Moreno Botella, making the score 29-0 after a missed PAT.
The Dragons rough day continued with another fumble lost, this time recovered by Sea Devils defensive back Marloshawn Franklin Jr, and returned to Barcelona’s 46-yard line. Hamburg added another field goal increasing their lead to 32-0.
Barcelona would finally find the endzone late in the game, but it was too late for a comeback. Zach Edwards found Jean Constant for a great touchdown catch in the back of the endzone, and they’d convert the 2-pt conversion, making the score 32-8 about halfway through the 4th quarter. The Dragons would get another quick touchdown on a poorly snapped punt, which they’d recover in the endzone. Barcelona would not convert the 2-pt conversion this time around, making the score 32-14.
Hamburg ran out the clock to end the game and move to 2-0 on the season following their bye, while Barcelona moves to 0-3.
The Barcelona Dragons will have a bye in week 4. In week 5 they will travel to Frankfurt to play the Galaxy on Saturday, July 17, at 12 pm EST.
The Hamburg Sea Devils will return home in week 4 to play the Berlin Thunder on Sunday July 11, at 12 pm EST.