ECJ2000: Germany dominant in defence

Category: - published 2000-07-30 by EFAF

Hosts and holders Germany made a convincing start to their defence of the Wilson 2000 European Junior Championship and issued a warning to pretenders to the crown with a 53-7 destruction of Great Britain.
Earlier in the day at the Jahnstadion in Berlin, beaten finalists in 1998 France clinched a come from behind victory over a spirited Austria as wide receiver Nordine Ben-Mimoun caught the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a 21-17 win.

Hosts and holders Germany made a convincing start to their defence of the Wilson 2000 European Junior Championship and issued a warning to pretenders to the crown with a 53-7 destruction of Great Britain.
Earlier in the day at the Jahnstadion in Berlin, beaten finalists in 1998 France clinched a come from behind victory over a spirited Austria as wide receiver Nordine Ben-Mimoun caught the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a 21-17 win.

Germany scored on every possession of a first half they dominated and led 41-0 at the interval, having scored on their first two carries. Running back Sebastian Moller tore 88 yards down the sideline on the game's opening offensive play and rusher Bjorn Dreier did likewise when Great Britain turned the ball over on downs. Kicker Michael Klemme added both extra points.

Milan Misic sacked quarterback Luke Smith to end GB's next possession and a screen pass from quarterback Dennis Zimmermann to receiver Tim Friedrich set up a second score for Moller from three yards out and a 21-point lead.

A 31-yard Zimmermann pass to Friedrich, who returned to the German team after a week-long training camp spent with Florida State University, made it 27-0 at the close of the first quarter after Klemme missed the PAT.

Tight end Thomas Knaack produced a one-handed catch to set up the fifth German touchdown, which came on the ground through local Berlin Rebels rusher Martin Senz, before Zimmermann went back to the air and hit Peter Hofmann for a 35-yard touchdown.

Leading 41-0 at the interval Germany introduced backup passer Matthias Kramer and after a scoreless third quarter he found Dreier to increase the lead to 47 points.

Great Britain's resolve won them reward at the start of the fourth quarter when a determined drive including carries from Marvin Allen and Paul Wakeford ended with their only touchdown of the game. Smith went over the middle to pick out wide open receiver Mark Squires and Andrew Boyle added the extra point.

A quarterback sneak midway though the final period from Kramer underlined Germany's dominance and completed the 53-7 scoreline.

Article by : Micheal Preston

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