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17.05.2009 Swarco Raiders
SWARCO Raiders triumph 35:7 over Braunschweig Lions
Braunschweig Lions in front of a raucous crowd at Tivoli Stadium Saturday night. The victory was a culmination of all three facets of the game working together: a dominating offensive line that opened holes in the running game and allowed the silver & black offense to hold the ball for over 34 minutes of possession, a defense that forced 3 interceptions, and an electrifying 79-yard kickoff return by Matt Epperson to swing momentum in the SWARCO Raiders favor.
On their first offensive possession, the SWARCO Raiders mixed the run and pass to move efficiently down the field, setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by tailback Florian Grein. The Lions would answer with a 19-yard touchdown to former SWARCO Raider receiver Ryan Voss, but on the ensuing kick-off Matt Epperson raced down the right sidelines 79 yards to pay dirt and a 14-7 lead. The SWARCO Raiders would add two more touchdowns in the half, a 2-yard scamper by Grein and a 6-yard TD reception by Jakob Dieplinger from Jason Johnson, for a 28-7 lead at the break.
Throughout the game the SWARCO Raiders defense continued its stellar play, with Philipp Margreiter leading the way with 5 tackles and a sack. Markus Krause, Alex Hoad, and Florian Hueter all notched interceptions – and a swarming attack kept Lions running back James Johnson under 100 yards rushing and held prolific receiver Ryan Voss to just 3 catches for 29 yards. It was the fourth consecutive game the defense limited its opponent to single digit points.
In the second half, the SWARCO Raiders physically took over the game and allowed a variety of ball carriers to run down both the clock and the Lions’ chance for a comeback. Fullback Emanuel Marksteiner finished the scoring with a bruising one yard run up the middle in the 4th quarter. In all, the offense would amass 23 first downs, 34 minutes of total possession, and converted on 9 of 11 3rd downs. Florian Grein would lead all rushers with 97 yards on 18 carries, while Johnson completed 82% of his passes (18-22).
The SWARCO Raiders have now won four straight games, outscoring opponents an impressive 156-23 over that span. The win advances the SWARCO Raiders to the Semi-Finals of the EuroBowl Champions League competition, where they will face the Porvoo Butchers of Finland.