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06.06.2010 Calanda Broncos
Calanda Broncos beat Parma and qualify for the Efaf Cup title game
What a game in Chur! Saturday Night Game in the middle of the Swiss
alps, wonderful weather, a full stadium and two highly competitive
teams to play for a spot in the Efaf Cup title game: At the end, the
current Swiss champion Calanda Broncos beat the Italian Div. I leader
Parma Panthers after a exciting game 40:21 (7:7, 0:7, 13:0, 20:6).
The Broncos win over Parma was impressive, especially because the
Grisons had to play without injured starting Quarterback Marko Glavic.
His brother Sasha took over the job and willed his team to a comeback
win in the second half.
Sasha Glavic opened the score with a 13-yard run, but afterwards,
Parma slowly took over. Although the Broncos managed to keep former
NFL tight end Mike Pinkard in check, Quarterback Joe Craddock and his
receiver Craig McIntyre turned the score around before halftime, as
the Parma Panthers seemed to get in control of the game.
But the second half wrote another, unexpected story: The Broncos came
out storming, stopped the Panthers immediately and tied the game with
Sasha Glavics second touchdown run. After a Matt Hammer Interception,
Glavic scored his third touchdown for a 20:14 lead at the beginning of
the fourth quarter. On the next possession the Broncos defense held in
the redzone, a field goal try of Parma was short. The team of
Headcoach Rick Taylor, former athletic director of the university of
Northwestern, didnt let up and followed with a perfect drive,
culminated in a 2-Yard-Touchdown-Run of Greg Jones. After Parma came
back within a score again (through a nice Craddock-McIntyre
connection), it was Jones again who responded with a nice10-Yard-Run
and another 2-touchdown-lead. As Parma furiously tried to come back,
Tissi Robinson set the final tone in front of an enthusiastic crowd at
stadium Ringstrasse with a Broncos record 100-yard-Interception Return
The Calanda Broncos, until 2008 known as Landquart Broncos, are the
first Swiss team ever to qualify for the Efaf-Cup-Final.
The Broncos, who reside in Chur - a small Swiss town 35'000 abitants
at the boarder of the famous winter sports region Graubuenden (with
towns like Davos or St. Moritz), played their 7th game in top European
competition on Saturday. After four losses (Eurobowl 2004 and Efaf Cup
2009) the Broncos have now beaten three teams in this years
competition and will play the Swedish runner up Carlstad Crusaders for
the title on the weekend of the 10th/11th or 17th/18th July