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Pats in Europe: Berlin thunders past Frankfurt in regular season finale

Five Patriots guided the Berlin Thunder to a commanding 41-0 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy on Sunday afternoon in a preview of this weekend's World Bowl XII matchup. Patriots signal caller Rohan Davey completed 15 of 19 passes for 157 yards in the regular season finale, including a 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Davey finished the 2004 regular season with a NFL Europe-high 19 touchdown passes and a 105.9 quarterback rating.

Former Williams College standout Scott Farley recorded his first interception of the season for the Thunder when he picked off David Priestley in the third quarter and returned the ball 14 yards. Other productive Patriots in Berlin's victory included Lawrence Flugence, who started at linebacker and tallied two tackles, and wide receiver Chas Gessner, who grabbed a 20-yard reception in the first half. Gessner finished the regular season tied for the NFLEL lead with six touchdowns receptions. Jamil Soriano got the nod at right guard for Berlin and was a member of an offensive line that opened holes for Thunder rushers to gain 166 yards on 38 carries (4.4 yard avg.) and a rushing score.

David Pruce started for the Galaxy at left tackle in the loss.

In other action across the pond, the Amsterdam Admirals defeated the Rhein Fire 22-12 on Sunday afternoon. Safety Jason Perry collected four solo tackles and a forced fumble in the Admirals fifth victory of the season. Buck Rasmussen saw action on the defensive front for Amsterdam and tallied two defensive stops. The Cologne Centurions finished their expansion season with a 28-20 victory over the Scottish Claymores in the other NFL Europe tilt.

The World Bowl XII matchup and the third meeting between the Berlin Thunder and the Frankfurt Galaxy can be seen live on Fox at noon on Saturday, June 12.

Notes

Following last weekend's action, Rasmussen signed on to play in the World Bowl for Frankfurt, meaning seven of the eight Patriots (only Perry will miss out) in Europe will be on the field this Sunday for the championship game. … Davey finished the regular season having completed 126-of-206 passes for 1,676 yards, 19 touchdowns and just six interceptions for a 105.9 passer rating in 10 starts for Berlin. He also rushed 22 times for 59 yards and two scores. … Farley finished the year starting six of 10 games played at safety for the Thunder, totaling 34 tackles, one interception, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. … Flugence started all 10 games at linebacker for Berlin, registering 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed. … Gessner tied for the NFLEL lead with six receiving touchdowns, totaling 38 receptions for 566 yards in 10 starts with Berlin. … Soriano (right guard) and Pruce (left tackle) started all 10 games on the offensive line for the Thunder and Galaxy respectively. … Perry started all 10 games at safety in Amsterdam, finishing the season with 57 tackles, two sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. … Rasmussen started two of six games played at defensive end in his time with the Admirals, totaling nine tackles and one sack. … The final regular season standings had Berlin leading the way with a NFLEL record-tying 9-1 mark followed by Frankfurt at 7-3, Amsterdam at 5-5, Cologne at 4-6, Rhein at 3-7 and Scotland at 2-8.

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