16.05.2008 Bern Grizzlies
Bern Grizzlies are eliminated from EFAF-Cup Competition
On the evening of Saturday May 10, the Bern Grizzlies faced the Hohenems Blue Devils for their return game in the EFAF-Cup Competition in front of a home crowd of approx. 500 spectators. After losing the first game in Hohenems 38 – 0 three weeks earlier, the situation was clear. Without the help of a wonder, the Bern Grizzlies would be eliminated from the EFAF-Cup Competition and the Blue Devils would move on to the Semi-Finals. Nevertheless the Grizzlies never considered quitting. Instead the Grizzlies game plan was to give the Blue Devils a hard fight and to put up some points on the score board as well.
A game plan the Grizzlies defense put in effect right away by stopping the Blue Devils offense on numerous occasions. However the Grizzlies offense had more problems putting their game plan in effect, as it never was able to establish an effective running or passing game against a strong Blue Devils defense. It then also was the Blue Devils defense that opened the scoring for the night with an interception return TD by Daniel Keil. Another running TD by Tino Muggwyler gave the Blue Devils a 14 – 0 lead at halftime.
At the beginning of the third quarter the Grizzlies eventually got a chance to put some points on the scoreboard as well. After a long drive the Grizzlies offense was able to advance to the Blue Devils 4 yard line. The decision was clear. A field goal was not an option and so the Grizzlies decided to go for it. Unfortunately the next pass was intercepted in the end zone and so the best chance of the evening for the Grizzlies was gone.
On the next drive the Blue Devils scored again and another TD in the fourth quarter made it a 28 – 0 victory for the team from Austria.
The Grizzlies will now focus again on the Swiss Championship in order to qualify again for the EFAF-Cup Competition for 2009.
We also would like to wish good luck to the Hohenems Blue Devils for their Semi-Final game against the Parma Panthers.