SWARCO Raiders Win Big at Prague

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In week 2 of the 2012 Austrian Football League (AFL) season the SWARCO Raiders, sister team of The Oakland Raiders, celebrated a convincing 37-10 (9-0; 0-3; 21-7; 7-0) victory at the Prague Panthers. It was the second straight road win for the Tyroleans to open the new season. They will have their first home game on Easter Monday.

"We started slow again," said SWARCO Raiders head coach Shuan Fatah. "Our defense held Prague's running back Amos Allen in check. The longer the game went on the better our newly formed offensive line protected Kyle Callahan."

The player of the game was RB Andreas Hofbauer, who scored three touchdowns and gained 80 yards on 20 carries. RB Florian Grein had 10 rushes for 61 yards. QB Kyle Callahan completed 11 of 24 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 7 rushes for 69 yards. WR Julian Ebner caught five passes for 66 yards and a score.

The Tyrolean defense didn't allow an offensive touchdown for the second straight game and forced one turnover. DB Manuel Eisenführer picked off a pass. It was his second interception of the season.

The Panthers won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Amos Allen returned the opening kickoff to the Prague 13. After a few plays the home team was forced to punt. The Tyroleans started their first offensive possession at their own 41. On the drive's first play Callahan connected with Ebner for a gain of 18 yards. Moments later Ebner caught a five-yard pass. Callahan finished the drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ebner. The PAT was no good, but the SWARCO Raiders led 6-0 with 7:31 minutes left in the first.

Prague's second drive ended with a three and out. Starting their second possession at their own 45, the Tyroleans opened the drive with a 12-yard run by Hofbauer. After losing yards on the next play, Callahan found Ebner for 14 yards, then rushed for 8 yards. The drive ended with a 40-yard field goal by K Christian Kellner. With 2:13 minutes left in the first the Tyroleans were up 9-0.

On their third possession, the Panthers finally were able to move the ball. Starting at their own 20, a 10-yard pass from QB Justin Walz to WR Jan Stiegler gave Prague a first down. Later Walz found WR Jan Wajtr at the opposing 35. But after a couple of short runs and two incomplete passes the SWARCO Raiders took over at their own 31.

A five-yard run by Grein and a 15-yard run by Hofbauer gave the Tyroleans a fresh set of downs in Panthers territory. Later Grein ran 21 yards to the opposing 6. But the drive stalled. Instead of kicking a field goal the SWARCO Raiders opted for a trick play, but WR Clemens Erlsbacher got stopped short of the endzone, giving Prague the ball at their own 4.

LB Philipp Margreiter stopped Walz for a loss of a yard on first down, setting the tone once again for the Tyrolean defense. Two plays later the Panthers were forced to punt again. Two penalties against the home team gave the SWARCO Raiders a first down at the opposing 35. But after Hofbauer gained 8 yards on the next play, Grein fumbled and the Panthers recovered the ball at their own 25.

The Panthers started with a short run by Allen, followed by a 12-yard pass from Walz to Stiegler and a 23-yard pass to WR Jan Dundacek. The drive ended with a 45-yard field goal by K Tomas Frycka. Prague cut the SWARCO Raiders lead to 9-3 with 1:53 minutes left in the second quarter.

The Tyroleans try to put some more points on the board before the half fell short and they had to punt for the first time. Prague also couldn't score before the half. A long pass by Walz was intercepted by Eisenführer, who returned the ball to the Panthers 40. A 15-yard penalty gave the SWARCO Raiders a first down at the 25. But after three incomplete passes the Tyroleans missed a field goal try to, still leading 9-3 at the half.

The SWARCO Raiders started the second half at their own 23 after a kickoff return by DB Enrico Martini. On second down Callahan ran for 7 yards, then he hit Erlsbacher for 10 yards. Later he completed an 8-yard pass to Erlsbacher for another first down. On third and long at the Prague 38 Callahan threw a 36-yard pass to WR/S John Clements. Seconds later Hofbauer scored on a two-yard touchdown run. The PAT by Kellner gave the Tyroleans a 16-3 lead. 8:06 minutes were left in the third.

After a short kickoff return and two penalties the Panthers started the ensuing drive at their own 4. The SWARCO Raiders defense moved the Czech team backwards and forced another punt. Clements returned the ball to the Prague 24. Hofbauer started the drive with a 15-yard run, then added a 5-yard run and finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown run. The PAT extended the SWARCO Raiders lead to 23-3 with 5:15 minutes left in the third.

The Panthers answered right away. Allen returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. The PAT cut the Tyroleans lead to 23-10 with 5:01 minutes left in the third.

After Prague kicked off, Clements returned the ball to the SWARCO Raiders 39. On the drive's second play Clements rushed for 11 yards. Hofbauer gained 6 yards on the next play. Then RB Lukas Miribung rushed for 9 yards, followed by a 11 yard-run by Grein. Hofbauer finished the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run. Kellner added the extra point to give the SWARCO Raiders a 30-10 lead with 2:10 minutes left in the third.

After the Panthers were forced to punt again, the Tyroleans got the ball back at their own 15. Hofbauer started the drive with a 16-yard run, followed by a 6-yard gain. A penalty against Prague moved the chains 15 yards. Grein then rushed for eight yards, followed by an eight-yard pass from Callahan to Ebner. After an 11-yard run by Erlsbacher Callahan threw a 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Damaso Tarneller. The PAT gave the SWARCO Raiders a 37-10 lead with 7:08 minutes left.

In week 3, the SWARCO Raiders play their first home game of the season, hosting the Danube Dragons in Innsbruck's Tivoli Stadium on Monday, April 9 (kickoff at 5:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. CET).

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