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Panthers Push For Playoffs In Big Win Against Thunder

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On Sunday, August 29th, the Wroclaw Panthers hosted the Berlin Thunder in a game where the Panthers were fighting for a playoff spot, and the Thunder were fighting for pride. The Panthers came out on top, finishing with a score of 35-12. Wroclaw will move to a 5-4 record on the year, still looking to secure the 2nd seed in the North Division. Berlin was already eliminated from the playoffs before this game and will move to a 2-7 record after this loss.

Recap

It was a slow start for both teams offensively, but the defenses started strong. After a few drives ended in either a punt or turnover, the Panthers were the first to get on the board. Some good running by Phileas Pasqualini would set up a 10-yard touchdown from quarterback Lukas O’Connor to wide receiver Przemyslaw Banat. They’d miss the PAT, making the score 6-0.

Following back-to-back punts by both teams, the Panthers would convert a 29-yard field goal and stretch their lead to 9-0 as we approached the end of the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter was just as slow offensively, but the defenses continue to play well. The Panthers scored only 3 points all quarter on a 44-yard field goal, making the score 12-0. It was a rough game for Berlin, who did not score at all in the 1st half.

Coming out of halftime, the Panthers received the ball and put a long drive together that ended in a touchdown. The recently signed wide receiver KaVontae Turpin found the endzone on an end-around, and they’d convert the PAT, increasing their lead to 19-0.

Calvin Stitt entered the game at quarterback for Berlin to begin the 2nd half, but it would take a bit for him to get comfortable as they did not score in the 3rd quarter. Their defense continued to play well, as the Panthers would not add any more points in the 3rd quarter.

The 4th quarter began with another Panthers field goal, followed by the Thunder scoring their first points of the game. Quarterback Calvin Stitt would breathe some life into the offense, finding wide receiver Seantavius Jones deep over the middle of the field for a touchdown. They would not convert the 2 point attempt, making the score 22-6.

Another good drive for Wroclaw ended with a 2nd touchdown from Turpin, this time from 19 yards out. Berlin blocked the PAT, making the score 28-6 late in the 4th quarter.

Despite already being eliminated from the playoffs, Berlin continued to fight. They’d put another good drive together, with wide receiver Tino Ndongo making a few nice plays, ending with quarterback Calvin Stitt running into the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown. They would not convert the 2 point attempt, making the score 28-12.

Before the clock expired, the Panthers drove down the field 1 more time to score the game’s final touchdown. Quarterback Lukas O’Connor connected with wide receiver Wiktor Zieba in the endzone for a 4-yard play, increasing their lead to 35-12 following a converted PAT. Berlin threw an interception on their next drive, and Wroclaw would run the remaining clock out.

The Panthers will move to a 5-4 record on the year after this win, still fighting for the 2nd seed of the playoffs, which will be determined following next week’s game with the Leipzig Kings. The Thunder move to a 2-7 record on the year and look to continue to find things to build on for next season.

Next Opponents

The Berlin Thunder travel to Stuttgart in week 12 to face the Surge on Sunday, September 5th at 9 am EST.

The Wroclaw Panthers travel to Leipzig in week 12, where they’ll face the Kings on Sunday, September 5th at 9 am EST.

Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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