SWARCO Raiders Stay Unbeaten


In week 4 of the 2012 Austrian Football League (AFL) season the SWARCO Raiders celebrated their fourth win. The sister team of The Oakland Raiders beat the Kornmesser Rangers 62-0 (21-0; 17-0; 21-0; 3-0) at Tivoli Stadium.

"It was a good game which we've won according to expectations," said SWARCO Raiders head coach Shuan Fatah. "We were able to bring in many young players, which was important to me. We have some great youth teams. The next weeks will show us where we really stand."

It was the SWARCO Raiders highest victory since last year's 81-0 against the Salzburg Bulls. RB Lukas Miribung was the game's MVP. He scored a total of 3 touchdowns. He rushed 6 times for 26 yards with 2 scores and added a 43-yard touchdown catch.

QB Kyle Callahan completed 7 of 13 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 3 times for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR Julian Ebner caught 3 balls for 58 yards and a touchdown. WR Clemens Erlsbacher caught 2 passes for 22 yards and had 2 punt returns for 80 yards. S John Clements returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown and added 2 tackles. DL Markus Eitzenberger had 6.5 tackles, a Sack and recovered a fumble. The Tyrolean defense pitched a shutout in both games against the Rangers this season and gave up only 8 first downs and 145 total yards.

The Tyroleans won the coin toss and elected to receive. DB Enrico Martini returned the opening kickoff to the opposing 45. But the team couldn't cash in on the good field position as they were forced to punt. Erlsbacher's punt was downed at the Rangers 2-yard line. The Rangers first drive also ended with a punt. QB Craig Maynard's punt went out of bounds at the Rangers 25.

Callahan opened the second drive with a 13-yard pass to Erlsbacher. Later RB Florian Grein scored on a 14-yard touchdown run. K Christian Kellner added the extra point for a 7-0 SWARCO Raiders lead with 6:52 minutes left in the first.

The Rangers second drive also ended without points. Having to start at their own 5 RB Zach McCaskill gained 15 yards for his team's first new set of downs. But three plays later the Rangers punted again. The Tyroleans got the ball back at their own 41. After a short run by Grein, Callahan threw a 23-yard pass to Ebner. On the very next play he found Ebner for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Kellner added the PAT for a 14-0 lead. 2:58 minutes were left in the first.

On the ensuing kickoff the ball sailed out of bounds, giving the Rangers the ball at their own 40. But the team from Mödling lost 16 yards on three plays, including a sack by Eitzenberger for a 12-yard loss. The Rangers were forced to punt again. Clements caught the ball at the SWARCO Raiders 42 and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown. After the PAT the Tyroleans led 21-0 with 18 seconds left in the first.

The Rangers started their next possession at their own 25, but had to punt after three plays. The SWARCO Raiders then started at their own 29. Callahan opened the drive with a 23-yard run. Then Miribung had rushes of 9 yards and 7 yards. Callahan then found TE Matthias Mayr for a 22-yard gain, before finishing off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the SWARCO Raiders took a 28-0 lead with 9 minutes left in the second.

After the kickoff McCaskill was tackled at the Rangers 3-yard line. On the very first play of the drive DL Max Pichler knocked the ball out of Maynard's hands and Eitzenberger recovered the fumble at the 2. On the first play from scrimmage Miribung scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for the Tyroleans. After Kellner's extra point the SWARCO Raiders were up 35-0 with 8:44 minutes left in the second.

The Rangers punted once again on their next drive, giving the Tyroleans the ball back at their own 31. An 11-yard pass from Callahan to Ebner gave the SWARCO Raiders a new first down. Later Callahan threw a 19-yarder to Mayr and a 9-yarder to Erlsbacher. At the end of the drive Kellner kicked a 46-yard field goal to extend the lead to 38-0 with 2:53 minutes left in the second.

The Rangers first drive of the second half ended like so many before – with a punt. Erlsbacher returned the ball 35 yards to the opposing 32. Miribung started the SWARCO Raiders first possession of the second half with a 14-yard run. Callahan then rushed for an 18-yard touchdown. Kellner added the PAT for a 45-0 SWARCO Raiders lead. 9:43 minutes were left in the third.

After another Rangers punt Erlsbacher had yet another great return, this time for 45 yards to the Rangers 10. Entering the game was SWARCO Raiders backup QB Adrian Platzgummer, who opened the drive with a 9-yard run. Miribung then scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. The PAT extended the lead to 52-0 with 7:20 minutes left in the third.

The Tyroleans got the ball back quick, forcing another Rangers punt. Starting at their own 43 and soon facing a third down and 10 Platzgummer threw a screen pass to Miribung, who followed his blockers into the endzone for a 43-yard touchdown catch and run. It was the first touchdown pass for Platzgummer, who is only 16 years old. Kellner added the extra point to make the score 59-0 for the SWARCO Raiders with 4:21 minutes left in the third.

Midway through the fourth quarter the Tyroleans scored once more. After another punt by the Rangers the SWARCO Raiders started at the opposing 22. Not able to gain much yards Kellner kicked a 38-yard field goal. With 5:32 minutes left in the game the SWARCO Raiders led 62-0.

In week 5 of the 2012 AFL season the SWARCO Raiders travel to Vienna to face the Raiffeisen Vikings. Kickoff on Sunday, April 22 is at 6 a.m. PT (3 p.m. CET).

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