Five Patriots helped the Berlin Thunder maintain their one-game lead for first place in NFL Europe with a 27-19 road victory over the Scottish Claymores on Saturday. Patriots wide receiver Chas Gessner had a productive outing with five catches for 65 yards in the victory.
Patriots signal caller Rohan Davey started at quarterback, but gave way to David Rivers in the second quarter and the backup played a majority of the game for the World Bowl-bound Thunder. Davey completed three of nine passes for 24 yards in the contest. Davey leads the NFLEL with 18 touchdown passes and a 106.3 QB rating.
Other productive Patriots in Berlin's victory include Scott Farley, who saw action in a reserve role at safety and collected five tackles and a pass defense. Lawrence Flugence started at linebacker and Jamil Soriano got the nod at right guard for Berlin.
In other action across the pond, the Amsterdam Admirals defeated the Cologne Centurions 23-18 on Sunday afternoon. Jason Perry sealed the Admirals' fourth victory of the season by intercepting Centurions quarterback Ryan Van dyke deep in Amsterdam territory with 17 seconds remaining in the game. The Patriots safety finished the contest with five tackles (3 solo) and two pass defenses in the win. Buck Rasmussen saw action on the defensive front for the Admirals and tallied two defensive stops and a sack.
The Frankfurt Galaxy outlasted the Rhein Fire 20-14 in overtime in another NFL Europe showdown. David Pruce got the start at left tackle for the Galaxy and opened holes for Frankfurt runners to gain 146 yards on just 35 carries (4.2 yard avg.) and one rushing touchdown.
Berlin finishes the season at home against the Frankfurt Galaxy this Sunday at 1:00 PM (ET) on Fox before facing Frankfurt again the following weekend in World Bowl XII.
Davey stills leads NFLEL with a 106.3 rating and 18 touchdown passes in nine starts for Berlin. He's completed 111-of-187 passes for 1,519 yards with just five interceptions. He's also rushed 21 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns. … Farley has 33 tackles, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery in nine games with five starts at safety for the Thunder. … In nine starts at linebacker Flugence has 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed for Berlin. … Gessner leads NFLE with six receiving touchdowns, ranks third with 546 receiving yards and fourth with 37 receptions in nine starts for the Thunder. … Perry has started all nine games at safety in Amsterdam, registering 53 tackles, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and five passes defensed. … Pruce, left tackle, and Soriano, right guard, have started all nine games on the offensive line for the Galaxy and Thunder respectively. … Rasmussen has started two of five games played for the Admirals, recording seven tackles and one sack. … The final regular season weekend of NFLEL action has Cologne (3-6) at Scotland (2-7) on Saturday at 9 a.m. on the NFL Network. Sunday's action has Rhein (3-6) at Amsterdam (4-5) at 9 a.m. on DIRECTV and Frankfurt (7-2) at Berlin (8-1) in a game that will be aired on FOX with a three-hour tape delay at 1 p.m.