Though he might not have come away with gaudy numbers, Tamworth, Nottingham and GB standout Patrick Daley has delivered Hannover Spartans fans something rather special – the team’s first GFL 2 victory since promotion to the second tier of the German game ahead of this season!
Though the Spartans offence had trouble getting going through the first half, Daley connected with WR Solomon Sheard for the Spartans’ first touchdown of the day, on his way to racking up 96 yards through the air, with another 27 yards from five carries on the ground as the Spartans sought to manage the clock against the more experienced Lubeck Cougars.
It’s fair to say, however, that Daley’s own success was somewhat overshadowed by the big game had by West Virginia Wesleyan Running Back Michael Anderson who ripped off two big rushes for touchdowns to keep the Spartans ahead of the Cougars throughout the second half!
The victory moves the Spartans to 1-2 on the season, ahead of their visit from the Langenfeld Longhorns on the 25 May.
The full, translated match report from Hannover-Spartans.com can be read below:
First victory in the GFL 2
May 12, 2019
With their first home game, the Spartans have finally arrived in the GFL 2. An exciting match against the Lübeck Cougars won the Spartans with 28:22.
After the Hanoverians had received the kick-off of the guests, showed the Spartans offense good running games and fought in their first drive to 20 yards from the enemy end zone, where it was unfortunately finally stopped after all. However, the distance for # 88 Manuel Birg was perfect to shoot the field goal and get the first points for the Spartans.
Now the defense was on the field and wanted to show that she wants to make it the offense with a good start. The Cougars came up to 28 yards to the end zone ran. With only 2 yards to their next first down, they played the fourth attempt. But the defense of the Spartans shone again and allowed no space gain for the guests. The right of attack changed again to the Spartans.
Right at the beginning of the second quarter, Spartan’s Defense turned on full. Above all, # 9 Tevin Hanley excelled: He first gained a quarterback sack and then generated by means of an interception a turnover.
Unfortunately, the offensive could not convert this “gift” into points and the Lübeck achieved in the next drive by a run their first touchdown with successful PAT. With 3: 7 the guests took the lead. After two changes in the right of attack, the Cougars were forced to puncture the ball from the 50-yard line. However, the snap of the Lübeck was too high and could not be caught by the punter. The Lübeck could secure the ball only at its own 23-yard line and the attack of Spartans took over.
Unfortunately, the subsequent passes of Spartans quarterback Patrick Daley did not arrive, but at least the field goal succeeded. Manuel Birg scored the next points and shortened the gap to 6: 7. With 24 seconds playing time in the first half, things got really exciting again.
Starting from their own 25-yard line, the Lübeck guests reached the 48-yard line with a long pass. 15 seconds on the clock – it comes a long pass. Incomplete! Now only 8 seconds left. The cougars start a run up to 35 yards to the end zone and immediately take a timeout with exactly 1 second remaining time. The snap comes – a further throw exactly on the receiver 1 yard in front of the end zone is blocked by Quinn Bell! Thus, the Spartans went with a tight 6: 7 lag in the break. With 24 seconds playing time in the first half, things got really exciting again. Starting from their own 25-yard line, the Lübeck guests reached the 48-yard line with a long pass. 15 seconds on the clock – it comes a long pass. Incomplete!
Now only 8 seconds left. The cougars start a run up to 35 yards to the end zone and immediately take a timeout with exactly 1 second remaining time. The snap comes – a further throw exactly on the receiver 1 yard in front of the end zone is blocked by Quinn Bell! Thus, the Spartans went with a tight 6: 7 lag in the break.
The second half started with the cougars’ right of attack, which was able to achieve a touchdown and a 2-point conversion in first drive. Thus it was 6:15. The Spartan’s offense could not catch up in the next drive. The Spartans had to punch the ball. But then it happened: Quinn Bell somehow managed to wriggle the ball out of the arms of the Punt Returners and carry it himself to 10 yards in front of the enemy end zone. This ingenious turnover gave the Spartans offense an excellent starting position.
The original was also immediately turned into a touchdown by # 6 Solomon Sheard. He caught a pass from QB Patrick Daley in the end zone. The PAT was also good and the Spartans had approached 13:15. In the next drive, the Cougars were well kept in check by the Spartans Defense and again suffered a quarterback sack. The Spartan offensive returned to the field, battling for just under 30 yards to reach the opposing endzone.
Then # 20 Michael Anderson Jr. got the ball, dodged the opposing defense skillfully and ran to the end zone for a touchdown. On the PAT, the Spartans have waived in favor of a 2-point conversion. A pass from QB Patrick Daley to WR Hakim Pries was caught and Hannover was still in the third quarter with 21:15 lead.
In the last quarter, the pressurized Cougars tried their best to break through the Spartan Defense. Vain. At 5 minutes on the clock the guests from Lübeck got the ball and fought their way up to 20 yards to the Hanoverian end zone. But the Spartans Defense was here! The Cougars’ quarterback lost the ball and this was picked up by the Spartans.
Thus, the Hannoversche offense took up again two minutes before the end of the game. QB Patrick Daley handed over the ball to # 20 Michael Anderson Jr., who after his outstanding blocking of his offensive line passed a terrific 72-yard sprint to the end zone. Touchdown Spartans! The PAT was also sunk and the Spartans increased their lead to 28:15. Despite the high residue and the remaining scarce play time, the Cougars fought even more doggedly and could achieve a touchdown with a long pass. During the pass, however, time had run out. The End. Out. Score 28:22 for the Spartans!
After a hard and exciting game, the Spartans were able to claim their first victory in the GFL 2 and prove that they can do very well against their ancestral teams. On May 25, 2019, it will be at home against the Langenfeld Longhorns.
GO GREEN! GO SPARTANS!