The ELF Rundown: Week Six Brings Mixed Bag Of Results

The ELF Rundown: Week Six Brings Mixed Bag Of Results

We’re already six weeks into the ELF season, and as expected, the trends have remained relatively consistent across the last few weekends of action. Some teams are pulling away in their respective conferences, while others are clinging to less and less hope for a playoff berth this year.

Let’s take a look at what went down in this action packed weekend of ELF football.

Tirol Raiders vs. Barcelona Dragons

To open up the slate of games, the Tirol Raiders took care of business at home. The Barcelona Dragons stood no chance on the road, as the Raiders rolled past them 32-0 in dominant fashion.

While N’Kosi Perry didn’t play the greatest game of his season, he didn’t have to. The ground game was unreal with Tobias Bonatti rushing for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, Lukas Haslwanter added over 100 rushing yards as well. The Dragons run defense has struggled mightily this year, and that trend continued against Tirol.

The Dragons simply have no direction as an organization. Levi Lewis has no time to throw the ball, and hasn’t quite found a way to overcome those obstacles. Barcelona’s season is in the balance, and it feels like it’s trending in all of the wrong directions as we head towards the midway point of the year.

Vienna Vikings vs. Wroclaw Panthers

In a rematch from a few weeks ago, the Vienna Vikings got the best of the Wroclaw Panthers yet again. Ben Holmes made his return to the gridiron after missing a couple of weeks with an injury, as the Vikings took down Wroclaw 37-25 at home.

Holmes started off a bit shaky as a passer, but settled in nicely and threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns en route to keeping this team undefeated. Karri Pajarinen added 113 yards and a score on the ground, as Vienna’s offense was too much for the Panthers to handle. Vienna had 29 first downs, compared to Wroclaw’s 10.

Wroclaw struggled mightily as an offense in this game, and without a kickoff return from Burrell in the second quarter, wouldn’t have been competitive at all. They were just 1-8 on third downs. The main bright spot for the Panthers this week was WR Gennadiy Adams, who had 146 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Vienna improved to 6-0 in this win, while the Panthers dropped to 2-4 – in danger of letting their season slip away just six weeks in.

Madrid Bravos vs. Rhein Fire

Things continued with another rematch, this time between the Madrid Bravos and Rhein Fire. While the Bravos got the best of the Fire earlier in the year, this outing went in a completely different direction. The Rhein Fire absolutely dominated, having a 34-2 lead in the fourth quarter; ultimately winning 40-15.

For the Fire, their ability to run the football at such a high level is what makes them a true Championship contender, despite some of the passing struggles. Glen Toonga had another massive day, with 184 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Sergej Kendus broke out for 162 yards as well, which balanced out just the 114 passing yards from Jadrian Clark.

This was a matchup that felt lopsided from the get go. Madrid had only 214 yards of offense compared to 471 from Rhein. Steven Duncan, who has shown flashes of brilliance this year, had a brutal day, throwing for just 91 yards while completing 52% of his pass attempts – and tossing an interception. All around, it was a rough day for Madrid.

Milano Seamen vs. Fehervar Enthroners

The Milano Seamen have gone on a bit of a run, partially due to their strength of schedule. They knocked off the Fehervar Enthroners this weekend, 19-14, improving to 3-3 on the year. After watching their loss to the Raiders in week one, it felt like this team wouldn’t ever reach the .500 mark, but here we are.

Zach Bronkhorst has shown some legitimate improvements at the quarterback position. He won’t do anything to necessarily pop off the charts, but made a ton of plays with his legs in this game with 84 rushing yards to keep drives moving. Milano got a big performance from RB Jacque Crawford, with 104 rushing yards and a touchdown.

This was a relatively even game, with Fehervar just coming up short in the end. They had 327 total yards to Milano’s 328; and had just one less first down (15). They’re a team that has been so close, but yet so far, all season; and remain winless with an 0-5 record.

Stuttgart Surge vs. Helvetic Mercenaries

In what was a blowout from start to finish, the Stuttgart Surge torched the Helvetic Mercenaries at home, 50-7. It’s clear that these two teams aren’t even remotely close to being on the same tier, with Stuttgart showing once again why they’re a favorite to make a Championship run this year.

Reilly Hennessey continues to shine, throwing for 272 yards and three touchdowns in this game. The Surge pulled him in the second half, and backup Heidrich threw for 112 yards and two scores of his own. WR Louis Geyer had a tremendous day, with 10 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown. The depth that this Surge team has is remarkable, and it showed in the second half.

The Mercenaries are a team with no direction, and no true identity. Their offense is terrible, despite the efforts of Carlton Aiken Jr., and the defense can’t find ways to get stops whatsoever. Stuttgart posted 445 yards of offense in this game. Meanwhile, their ground attack was nonexistent, with two running backs rushing for negative yardage.

Paris Musketeers vs. Cologne Centurions

This game was, surprisingly, closer than the final score would suggest. For an entire half, the Cologne Centurions kept pace with the Paris Musketeers, as Paris led 20-19 at halftime. In fact, Cologne had a 13-7 lead at one point in the second quarter.

However, Paris’ offense would be too much for Cologne to handle. The second half was disastrous for the Centurions, allowing 40 points as the Musketeers won 60-25. Zach Edwards had a bit of a rough start throwing a pick six, but bounced back well, throwing for 290 yards and four touchdowns. It was a balanced attack from Paris, who had 11 different offensive players get involved in the rushing and/or passing game.

The Musketeers posted 556 yards of total offense, to the Centurions’ 250. Cologne wasn’t terrible on third downs, but their 6/15 performance left some to be desired. The bigger issue was their lack of success picking up first downs, with only 10 in this game; compared to Paris’ 22. Cologne lost two fumbles, and Isaiah Weed tossed an interception in the loss. The Musketeers felt like the better ELF team across the board heading into this game, and it showed on the football field.

Prague Lions vs. Berlin Thunder

The Prague Lions had one of the craziest storylines that you’ll ever see in this scene. They let go of QB Kare Lyles prior to the game, thinking they could sign their quarterbacks coach to step in as the signal caller. That did not happen, as it was against league rules – so they entered this matchup without a QB.

This led to 49 carries for the Lions in this game, to just one pass attempt. The end result: a 34-7 loss. The Berlin Thunder took care of Prague with no issue, as Jakeb Sullivan tore up this defense for 327 yards and three touchdowns. The Thunder were an impressive 9-14 in third down situations, as their offense posted 440 yards compared to just 132 from the Lions.

Given the circumstances, we really couldn’t expect much from Prague, but this was one of the strangest meetings of the ELF season so far.

Frankfurt Galaxy vs. Hamburg Sea Devils

The Frankfurt Galaxy came away with a 24-18 win over the Hamburg Sea Devils, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score. Frankfurt’s three turnovers in the red zone allowed the Sea Devils to make a surge late, including a pick six in the fourth quarter to pull it back within two scores.

That said, Frankfurt played a decent game. QB Luke Zahradka showed signs of life, with 268 yards and two touchdowns – but, he also tossed a couple of picks. Sandro Platzgummer added 119 yards and a score on the ground, pushing the Galaxy to a 24-3 lead in the fourth quarter.

Hamburg’s offense was dead in the water for large chunks of the afternoon, putting up just 230 total yards. QB Javarian Smith completed less than 50% of his pass attempts, as the Sea Devils were a mediocre 4/13 in third down scenarios. They had zero production on the ground, with Smith doing the heavy lifting himself with 65 rushing yards. Neither team played a fantastic game, but it was Frankfurt who took the big lead and maintained it in this one.

Final Thoughts

Week six of the ELF was, without a doubt, a mixed bag. We saw some high level of competition in a couple of these matchups, while others turned into the most lopsided blowouts of the year. The Standings as of week six have shaken up a bit, most notably with Milano jumping into the third seed in the Central Conference.

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

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