On Sunday, July 11th, the Stuttgart Surge hosted the Leipzig Kings for a very close game. The Surge, led by quarterback Aaron Ellis would get the come-from-behind victory with a score of 27 – 24, and moving to a 2-2 record. The Kings will also move to a record of 2-2 on the season.
The Kings received the ball to begin the game, and wide receiver Yoshihito Omi quickly found the endzone. They’d miss the PAT and go up 6-0 early in the first quarter. On the first play of offense for the Surge, Kings defensive back/wide receiver/ kick returner Alpha Jalloh intercepted the ball and took it for 6, but they’d miss another PAT increasing Leipzig’s lead to 12-0.
Following a stalled-out drive by the Surge and a turnover on downs by the Kings, the Surge would finally get points on the board. Samuel Shannon ran the ball in for 6, and Leipzig would not convert their 2 pt conversion, making the score 12-6.
Kings quarterback Jaleel Awini threw an interception on the next drive, and some great running by Samuel Shannon would set up another Stuttgart touchdown, tieing the game at 12-12.
On the following kick return, Alpha Jalloh recorded his 3rd return touchdown of the season, taking it out of the endzone and finding open space. They would not convert the 2 pt conversion, and the score would be 18-12 as halftime approached.
The Surge began the 2nd half with the ball, and on their first possession of the half, they’d drive down the field and miss a field goal. Follwoing a few defensive stands by both teams, the Kings would find the endzone again, with backup quarterback Tom Van Duijn coming in for a few plays, finding Alpha Jalloh for the touchdown, and increasing their lead to 24-12.
Stuttgart answered on their next drive with a nice grab by wide receiver David Meza who set up running back Ruben Pein for a touchdown. The 1st PAT of the day would finally be made as well, shrinking the Kings lead to 24-19.
A few more drives would stall out for both teams, and a poorly snapped punt set up the Surge with excellent field position closing in on the 2-minute warning. Stuttgart quarterback Aaron Ellis would find wide receiver David Meza for an 11-yard touchdown to take their first lead of the game. They’d convert the 2 point conversion, making the score 27-24.
The Kings would put a solid final drive together, but it was not enough to get the win. Both the Stuttgart Surge and Leipzig Kings move to a 2-2 record following this game.
The Stuttgart Surge will host the Cologne Centurions on Sunday, July 25th at 9 am EST, following a bye.
The Leipzig Kings will host the Hamburg Sea Devils on Sunday, July 18th, at 9 am EST.