ECJ2000: Germany ready to defend title

Category: - published 2000-08-03 by EFAF

GERMANY will meet Russia in the final of the Wilson 2000 European Junior Championships after taking care of bussiness against Finland, for a 48 to 6 win.

Germany made the perfect start with a purposeful drive that ended with a 7-0 lead as running back Sebastian Moller charged into the end zone from five yards out and Michael Klemme added the extra point.

Finland was forced to punt away possession in reply, then Mikko Hanski sacked German quarterback Dennis Zimmermann, which proved a minor setback as a pass interference call moved Germany forward and Zimmermann scored on a sneak. A bad snap ruled out the extra point attempt, though Germany still held a 13-point first quarter advantage.

Finnish defensive back Esko Myllymaki streaked down the sidelines to return the resulting kickoff for a touchdown, but his celebrations were cut short as a penalty ruled out the score.

Things worsened for Finland when quarterback Antti Hurme had the ball stripped from his grasp by defensive end Milan Misic and Nathan Arileshere recovered at the Finland 30-yard mark.

Germany capitalised to open the second quarter with a third touchdown to move 19 points ahead as on the first play from scrimmage running back Moller raced down the left sideline to score.

Finland quickly fumbled away possession at their own 18, and a quick 15-yard pass to wideout Sebastian Wulff led to running back Martin Senz darting in untouched from close range before Moller danced in for two more points and a 27-0 lead.

Finland regained their composure and put six points on the board with four minutes remaining in the half when quarterback Hurme lofted a perfect 44-yard pass into the path of wide receiver Henri Myohanen, though his two-point pass attempts was intercepted by Wulff.

Finland also got to Zimmermann when Pertti Lautala came up with a sack, but on second and long the quarterback picked himself up and fired a 26-yard pass to Sebastian Jurdis and a screen pass to Moller, who found the endzone untouched. Klemme added the extra point for a 34-6 halftime lead.

With backup quarterback Mathias Kramer at the helm Janosch Schilling reeled in a touchdown pass, and after the luxury of a field goal miss Germany made it 48-6 when Senz scored his second rushing touchdown of the evening.
Article by : Micheal Preston

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