Patriots quarterback **Rohan Davey** continued a strong NFL Europe campaign by throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another as the Berlin Thunder defeated the Amsterdam Admirals 33-29 on Sunday night. With the win, the Thunder became the first team since the 1998 World Bowl-winning Rhein Fire to reach the midpoint of the season without tasting defeat.
The Patriots signal caller opened the scoring early in the second quarter when he found a streaking Richard Alston for a 47-yard touchdown and a 6-0 Berlin lead. On the next offensive possession, Davey, aided by a nice third-and-nine reception by wide receiver Chas Gessner, led the Thunder down the field and capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown toss to tight end Mike Pinkard.
The Admirals got on the scoreboard just before halftime, but the former Louisiana State standout gave Berlin a 19-7 advantage with his second rushing touchdown of the season on a quarterback sneak from one yard out.
Amsterdam then mounted a furious comeback, scoring 14 unanswered points to take a 21-19 lead early in the fourth quarter. Just as he had done the previous week in the Thunder's 17-14 victory against the Rhein Fire, Davey rallied the offense, twice scrambling for first down yardage before connecting with Alston for a 17-yard touchdown to regain the lead 26-21. The Thunder quarterback capped off his sensational performance with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Boone with 2:46 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Davey finished the game with a 127.2 quarterback rating, marking the third time he has exceeded the century mark in five starts. He leads the NFLEL in completion percentage (64.7), touchdown passes (11) and quarterback rating (116.3).
Other productive Patriots in Berlin's victory included Gessner, who caught two passes for 30 yards, including a 21-yard completion from Davey in the fourth quarter. Jamil Soriano started at right guard and was a member of an offensive line that blocked for Thunder rushers to gain 117 rushing yards on 29 carries (4.0 yard avg.) and a touchdown.
Linebacker Lawrence Flugence led the Berlin defense with seven tackles and two pass defenses. The Patriots outside linebacker also collected two stops and a forced fumble on special teams. Safety Scott Farley collected three solo tackles in the secondary.
Jason Perry started at safety for the Admirals and registered four tackles in the defeat. Defensive end Buck Rasmussen had two tackles for the Amsterdam.
In other action across the pond, the Frankfurt Galaxy improved their record to 4-1 with a 24-17 victory over the expansion Cologne Centurions. David Pruce got the start at left tackle for the Galaxy and opened holes for Frankfurt runners to gain 164 rushing yards on just 28 carries (5.9 yard avg.) and two touchdowns on the ground.
This week Davey and the Thunder will be making just their second appearance on television in the States. Berlin will battle Cologne on Saturday, May 8th at 1:00 pm EST on the NFL Network.
Through five games Davey has completed 66-of-102 passes for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions for a 116.3 quarterback rating. He's also rushed 16 times for 55 yards and two touchdowns. … Farley has started three of five games played for Berlin on the season, totaling 21 tackles and one pass defense. … In five starts at linebacker Flugence has 25 tackles, one sack and four passes defensed. … Gessner has started all five contests, collecting 14 receptions for 211 yards and remains tied for third in NFLEL with three touchdowns. … Perry has 29 tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defensed in five starts at safety for Amsterdam. … Pruce has started all five games at left tackle for the Galaxy, while Soriano has done the same at right guard for Berlin. … Berlin tops the NFLEL standings at 5-0 followed by 4-1 Frankfurt, 2-3 Amsterdam and 2-3 Rhein with Cologne and Scotland pulling up the rear at 1-4. … This Saturday's NFL Europe action has Amsterdam at Rhein (1:00 p.m. on DIRECTV/NFL Network) and Berlin at Cologne (1:00 p.m on the NFL Network). Frankfurt takes on Scotland on Sunday (9:00 a.m. on DIRECTV/NFL Network)