On Sunday, July 18th, the Wroclaw Panthers traveled to Berlin to face the Thunder in a one-sided victory. The Berlin defense fought hard, but they did not get enough help from their offense to keep up with the Panthers. Wroclaw won the game 45-26 and will move to a 3-1 record on the season. Berlin will move to a 1-3 record on the season.
Berlin began the game with the ball but was not able to capitalize on the opening drive. Wroclaw came out hot, and running back Damian Kwiatkowski would find the endzone on 3rd and goal. They’d make the PAT and go up 7-0 early. Both teams’ defenses found a rhythm early, and the next few drives for either team ended with back-to-back punts.
At the start of the 2nd quarter, the Panthers put together another solid drive which they’d end with a 45-yard reception by Jakub Mazan for a touchdown. They’d miss the PAT and increase their lead to 13-0.
During their next appearance, Berlin began to put a solid drive together. A great kick return by Maxime De Falcis would lead to a few wildcat plays by Seantavious Jones, but backup quarterback Bryan Zerbe would lose a fumble, and the Panthers recovered the ball. Wroclaw stalled out on their next drive and punted the ball away after a huge sack by defensive end Kolin Hill.
The Thunder returned to the field and were finally able to work their way into the endzone. A great wide receiver screen to Seantavious Jones, followed by a big penalty against Wroclaw, would set the Thunder up in the redzone. Running back Joc Crawford capped off the drive with a 3-yard rushing touchdown on 3rd and goal, and they’d miss the PAT, making the score 13-6.
Following the 2 minute warning in the first half of play, the Panthers found the endzone again. Przemyslaw Banat would make a few great plays on the drive, finishing it off with a 20-yard touchdown in the corner of the endzone. The PAT would be blocked, making the score 19-6. Wroclaw found the endzone one more time before the first half ended, with running back Mark Herndon pushing his way up the middle for points. The PAT was blocked, making the score 25-6.
The Panthers came out of the locker room strong, with defensive back Darius Robinson returning a kick for a touchdown. Wroclaw would go for the 2 point conversion but did not convert, making the score 31-6 early in the 3rd quarter. The remainder of the 3rd quarter would be very defensive and go without scoring from both teams on multiple drives.
Berlin had possession at the start of the 4th quarter, and a deep bomb from quarterback Calvin Stitt to wide receiver Seantavious Jones would get the Thunder down to the 25-yard line. Running back Joc Crawford capped off the drive with a short rushing touchdown. They would not convert the 2 point attempt, making the score 31-12.
Wroclaw returned to the field and found some nice yardage running a few wildcat plays with running back Damian Kwiatkowski. Mark Herndon would power through the offensive line up the middle on a short touchdown run, increasing the Panther’s lead to 37-12.
Berlin returned to the field, and quarterback Calvin Stitt would throw an interception to newly signed Panthers defensive back Pierre Courageux. Wroclaw would not be able to capitalize on the turnover and turned the ball over on downs.
Despite the gap in the score, Berlin would not quit. A huge reception by Seantavious Jones down the entire sideline would go for 85 yards and a touchdown. They’d finally convert a 2 point attempt, and the score would move to 37-20.
The Panthers answered quickly with another touchdown of their own, with quarterback Lukas O’Connor finding wide receiver Przemyslaw Banat on a goal-line fade. They’d convert the 2 point attempt and increase their lead to 45-20.
Although the game was basically over by this point, Berlin went down swinging. On their next drive, the Thunder would find the endzone one last time on a pitch to Joc Crawford. They would not convert the 2 point attempt, making the score 45-26.
Wroclaw killed the time remaining on the clock and got the win with a final score of 45-26, moving them to a 3-1 record on the season. The Berlin Thunder move to a 1-3 record on the year.
The Berlin Thunder will travel to Barcelona to face the Dragons on Saturday, July 24th, at 1 pm EST.
The Wroclaw Panthers will hold the Hamburg Sea Devils on Saturday, July 24th, at 9 am EST.