The ELF Rundown: Week Four Sees High Level Of Competition

The ELF Rundown: Week Four Sees High Level Of Competition

Week four of the ELF is in the books, and it was a good one. Almost every single game was competitive this weekend, which contrasted some of the slates we had seen in previous weeks.

With so much action taking place this past Saturday and Sunday, let’s break it all down.

Paris Musketeers vs. Rhein Fire

The ELF opened things up in week four with a pivotal matchup between two of the league’s best. The Rhein Fire lost their first game of the year last week, and were looking to right the ship. They were able to do so, just barely edging out the Paris Musketeers, 19-14.

This was an interesting game for Paris, as they couldn’t quite get out of their own way. QB Zach Edwards threw a pair of interceptions, as the Musketeers picked up just 254 yards of offense in the loss. It was a matchup some expected to feature more scoring, but the defenses simply showed up.

On Rhein’s side, they were able to get back on track largely due to the explosion from Glen Toonga, who is one of the best backs in the ELF. He posted 206 rushing yards and a touchdown, while adding 52 receiving yards to his total tally.

With Toonga’s efforts, it was the Fire who were able to come away with a massive win on the road, over a Western Conference rival. We’re already looking forward to the next matchup between these two.

Cologne Centurions vs. Madrid Bravos

The Cologne Centurions are the definition of a team that is “oh so close, but yet so far”. They’ve remained competitive with some of the stronger franchises in the ELF, but can’t quite get over the hump. Against a solid Madrid Bravos unit this weekend, they pulled it to 27-24 in the fourth quarter, but Madrid ultimately pulled away for the 35-24 victory.

Steven Duncan played very well in his Bravos debut. After being cut from the Panthers just last week, he joined Madrid to fill in for their QB Helbig, who went down with an injury. Duncan threw for 300 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Madrid’s offense was simply too much for Cologne to overcome, posting 573 yards. D’Wayne Obi posted 123 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, as the Bravos added to their win total on the road. RB Gerald Ameln had a notably big day for Cologne, though, with 168 yards and a touchdown.

Vienna Vikings vs. Berlin Thunder

The Vienna Vikings just keep on winning. They were down and out for large portions of this game against the Berlin Thunder, but found a way to come out on top, 25-20 at home.

QB Shelton Eppler, who’s filling in for an injured Ben Holmes, played fantastic. Despite a couple of turnovers, Shelton settled in during the second half, throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns. His ability to seamlessly fit into this offense with very little preparation speaks volumes to the type of ship that’s being run over in Vienna by their coaching staff.

Jakeb Sullivan had another solid day throwing the football, with 248 yards and two touchdowns. Ultimately, Berlin fumbled this game away, letting a lead slip in the final quarter. Berlin picked up just 12 first downs, while Vienna had 24.

Vienna’s WR core gained even more depth, with the recent addition of former XFL/TSL receiver Reece Horn. Horn played in the ELF for a couple of years with Frankfurt, and his veteran experience has been pivotal to the growth of Vienna’s offense the last two weeks.

Barcelona Dragons vs. Helvetic Mercenaries

This game, while entertaining, featured two of the worst teams in the ELF. Both Barcelona and Helvetic have struggled throughout the year, and this was on full display this weekend. Both teams were a combined 9/24 on third downs, with Barcelona coming away with a 14-12 win at home.

Helvetic probably feels like they should have won this game. Carlton Aiken played a solid football game for the most part, rushing for two touchdowns and keeping this team in the thick of it. They had over 100 more total yards than Barcelona, and were more efficient on third downs. However, two missed field goals in the fourth quarter killed their chances of winning this one, and the Dragons held on at home.

Levi Lewis hasn’t lived exactly up to the hype that many thought he would in the ELF. He threw for just 89 yards which included an interception, but he did add two rushing scores that pushed them to victory. Lewis shows flashes of greatness, but needs the offensive line and other pieces around him to step up, so he can be more efficient as a passer.

Neither team will probably go all too far this year, but Barcelona now has two wins on the year. Meanwhile, the Mercenaries are still searching for their first victory.

Frankfurt Galaxy vs. Wroclaw Panthers

This was a matchup that was dominated by the defenses. The Frankfurt Galaxy took down the Wroclaw Panthers at home 20-10, but it was a hard fought affair that featured some turnovers and ugly play.

The Wroclaw Panthers recently let Steven Duncan walk, and so far, that hasn’t proven to be the right move. John Uribe did not play well this weekend, with only 181 passing yards and an interception, as the Panthers put up just 10 points. While Wroclaw dominated the first down game (23 to 12), they couldn’t find a way to put numbers on the board, which led to their downfall.

Luke Zahradka completed just 16 of his 31 passes for Frankfurt, but ultimately racked up 234 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Frankfurt’s defense was flying around the football field, with three defenders totaling 11 or more tackles.

Wroclaw now drops to 1-3 on the season, losing three straight. On the other side, the Galaxy finally won a football game, after dropping two to Paris and Rhein.

Stuttgart Surge vs. Milano Seamen

In one of the most lopsided affairs of the year, the Milano Seamen were pitted against the mighty Stuttgart Surge. This game went the way everyone imagined: Stuttgart mopped the floor. The Surge came away with a 55-9 win, cruising past Milano at home.

You know a defense is playing terribly, when a team’s backup quarterback comes in and throws three touchdowns. Reilly Hennessy started the game, and threw for 191 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. His backup, Heidrich, entered the meeting once they secured a large lead, and he added three more scores to the total tally.

The Seamen have absolutely zero identity as a team. They’re far and away the worst franchise in the ELF, with nothing positive going their way so far. Stuttgart had double the yards and double the first downs this weekend, with the Seamen converting just 3 of their 12 third down attempts. It’s going to be a long season for this Milano squad.

Tirol Raiders vs. Munich Ravens

In a battle between two solid Central Conference teams, the Tirol Raiders and Munich Ravens went at it. It was a thrilling affair that came down to the final seconds, with Tirol’s late heroics which resulted in a 29-26 victory at home.

Former St. Louis Battlehawks WR Darion Chafin had himself a day, with several crucial catches, including the game winning touchdown on 4th and 12. He had 131 yards and two scores in this game. QB N’Kosi Perry, the former Miami quarterback, made his ELF debut. He threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns, leading this Raiders group to a huge win, despite being with the team for just a few days. Tirol may have found their guy at the quarterback position, with Kason Martin no longer available.

Munich did not play a poor game by any means, with Chad Jeffries and this offense putting the Ravens in a position to win late. However, their defense simply could not get a stop down the stretch, resulting in the late collapse.

Neither team did particularly well on third downs (Munich 4/13, Tirol 3/13), but two late fourth down conversions for Tirol secured their third win of the year.

Hamburg Sea Devils vs. Prague Lions

Week four of the ELF wrapped up with the Hamburg Sea Devils topping the Prague Lions at home, 27-17. While Prague got out to a fast start in this one, they crumbled in the second half, allowing Hamburg to run away with it.

The Lions have a lot to sort through offensively. They posted just 127 total yards of offense, and were a putrid 0/10 on third downs. Even with their defense and special teams setting them up with scores and momentum, Prague couldn’t find a way to get themselves into a rhythm offensively. While down 20-17 in the fourth quarter, a botched punt gave them the ball in the red zone, but Kare Lyles was picked off. Lyles completed just six of his 19 pass attempts, for a measly 75 yards.

QB Javarian Smith made some things happen for Hamburg in this game. He threw a whopping 47 pass attempts, completing 29 of them for 372 yards and three touchdowns. The Sea Devils were able to pull away late, with Smith finding a groove. Hamburg dominated the offensive output, with 21 first downs – to Prague’s 5.

The Lions are now 0-4, still trying to find their first win of the year. They don’t appear to be as bad as Milano, but one has to wonder if their only win of the season will be against the Seamen…

Final Thoughts

Generally speaking, the European League of Football had another fantastic weekend – and this one may have been the best of the year so far. The Standings are beginning to take shape, with certain teams showing separation through four weeks:

If you missed our ELF Recap from week three, you can check that out here.

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