Berlin Adler eliminates defending champions behind monster day by QB Zach Cavanaugh
Berlin WR Max Zimmermann #8 heading for the end zone Photo: Sonja Matysiak Photography
In one of the most exciting games of the season in the German Football League so far, the Berlin Adler defeated defending champion Kings of Dresden 48-42 in a shootout thriller.
This game was a classic tale of two halves.
It looked like the game was basically over at half-time after Berlin took a 28-0 lead at the break, but Dresden gave his opponents a big scare by scoring 42 points in the
Second part. Ultimately, however, their rally failed and Berlin held on for the win, making them 3-1 on the season. Dresden fell to 1-2 in the loss.
The most valuable player of the game was undoubtedly Adler quarterback Zach Cavanaugh. The 35-year-old Massachusetts native is in his fourth year with the Adler and his 10th year in Germany, but it might be hard to find a better performance than the one he put in over the weekend. Cavanaugh completed 28 of 35 passes for 382 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. He also carried the ball 20 times for 148 yards and scored two additional rushing touchdowns. His most frequently targeted receiver that day was Max Zimmermann, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the first half. Veteran Patrick Donahue also had a monster day, recording nine receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Whereas from Berlin the defense suffocated Monarch offensive in the first half, they completely collapsed in the second half. With the Adler led 28-0 at halftime, Dresden New quarterback Justin Agner, in his first start after starter Austyn Carta-Samuels suffered a season-ending injury, lit up the field in the second half, recording five touchdown passes while delivering another. Darrell Stewart caught seven passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while Isaiah Amaechi caught five passes for 58 yards and three touchdowns. Dresden was greatly helped by the lack of discipline on the part of Berlin, who racked up 170 penalty yards in the second half alone. However, the Monarchs a poor first-half performance proved too costly to overcome as Berlin added three more scores to take the win.
After being promoted from the second division of German football before this season, Berlin got off to an impressive 3-1 start in the Premier League. They have thrived under head coach Shuan Fatah, a coach who has had a ton of success in Europe, who joined the team last year and immediately took them to the Premier League. It will be interesting to see how much this success Berlin team will have this season with Fatah and Cavanaugh in the lead.