Prague Black Panthers 33 – Graz Giants 28
Having recorded their first ever win against the Giants in week 3, the Black Panthers welcomed their opponents for the return fixture last weekend, and if that week 3 victory was memorable for the Black Panthers, then the week 4 win was just as sweet as the engineered the best comeback I’ve ever seen in the AFL.
Having been completely shut out and dominated, the Black Panthers found themselves down by a score of 21-0 on their opening drive of the second half, having fallen foul to Christoph Gubisch’s arm and a couple of deep balls as well as a punt return for a score. Even after clawing a score back to 21-7, the Black Panthers were once again put on the back foot from a short four play drive that was capped by the Giant’s Alexander Sanz rushing score to re-establish the 21 point margin.
From there however, it turned into the Kyle Newhall-Caballero show as he proceeded to pick apart the Giant defence one pass at a time to get his team back into the game. First he hooked up with Jakub Wolesky on a 27 yard pitch to cut the score to 28-14, then his special teams blocked a punt, allowing Jan Dundacek to rumble in from four yards out and have the Black Panthers within touching distance. After the Black Panther defence stood strong, Newhall-Caballero then accounted for all the yardage on the next two scoring drives which both accumulated in him score on rushing touchdowns. I guess importing Americans is an effective strategy!
Unbelievably this leaves the Black Panthers in the AFL’s second spot beind the Vikings, (admittedly with the Raiders not having played their third game yet) and the Giants languishing at the bottom of the table without a win to their name, despite being within a score of victory on each occasion.
Both teams are in action during the AFLs next round of games, with the Black Panthers taking on the Vikings again and the Giants hosting the Raiders, tough matchups for either side.