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 Week 11
Brats Barely Beat Beermen

 

  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Bratwurst 7 7 2 15 31
Beermen 7 7 14 0 28
Passing Drew Brees - 18 of 30, 286rds, 1 td, 2 int
Rushing LaDanian Tomlinson - 18 rushes, 62 yards, 1 td
Receiving Dwayne Smith, 2 rec., 98 yards, 1 td
 
Dietz and Watson Stadium, Berlin, Ger:
(Berlin fans got a pleasant surprise as the game between the Beermen 
and the Brats had to be moved from Media to Berlin, due to all of the 
kegs being kicked at Media Stadium.)
One of the most anticipated DMFL games of the season, one that held 
major playoff implications, took place in the land of suds and food, 
between the Berlin Bratwurst and the Media Beermen.  The winner of this game 
would carry a lot of momentum into the second half of the season, and 
the loser would be fighting for their playoff lives.
The fans expected a defensive showdown between two of the better 
smash-mouth teams in the league, but they got a little more offense than they 
expected.  Berlin was the first to strike with a relatively long and 
time consuming drive, culminated by a touchdown run by former Beermen 
draft pick, Bobby Mack.
Media responded quickly with a touchdown pass from Jimmy Williams to 
Freddie Mitchell, one of two TD connections by the two on the day. 
In the second quarter, Berlin was able to regain the lead with a 
12-yard touchdown scamper by LaDanian Tomlinson, but the lead was short-lived 
as the Williams-to-Mitchell connection went long-distance, with a 
77-yard touchdown strike that knotted the score up right before the half.
The Beermen came out swinging in the third quarter, forcing Berlin to 
punt deep in their own territory, and taking advantage of the short 
field with a touchdown pass from Williams to Clinton Portis, and then an 
interception return returned 20 yards by Deltha O'Neal, making the score 
an insurmountable 28-14 game.
The Brats had to abandon their ball-control offense and go through the 
air, and they did just that on the very next drive.  But, a rare 
Tomlinson fumble inside the Beermen 5-yard line, all but ended the Bratwurst 
chances for stealing this one.  
Then, it happened.  On the very next play from scrimmage, the Beermen 
tried to fool the Brats, by going for a pass.  Instead, Ben Leber was 
able to sack Williams in the endzone, forcing a safety, and opening the 
doors for a monumental Bratwurst come-back.
On the next possession, the Brats lived on the edge, making two 
fourth-down conversions, en route to making the score 28-23, midway through 
the fourth quarter.  Berlin and Media would trade punts, and with just 
over one minute to play, Berlin was able to get the ball back with no 
timeouts, and the ball on their own 17-yard line.
On the second down play, Drew Brees, under serious pressure, put up a 
long pass to the double-covered Dwayne Smith. Unfortunately for the 
Beermen, both guys were playing behind him, and he was able to come up with 
the pass.  Smith, turned to elude one tackler, juked to elude a second 
tackler, and then it was off to the races. Dwayne Smith rambled 
82-yards to pay-dirt, and the Brats were able to convert on the 2-point 
attempt, making it an astonishing 31-28 contest with 57 seconds to play.
Media tried a last-ditch comeback, but the momentum was squarely in the 
hands of the Brats, as they hung on for the stunning come-from-behind 
win.

Coach Grieb press conference:
No injuries to report.  Wow, what a game.  This is one of the ones we 
probably shouldn't have won, but the good teams find a way, I guess. Of 
course the shoe was on the other foot a few weeks ago against the 
Muddies, so I'll take it.  We were able to move the ball well, but we turned 
it over quite a bit.  Usually, you won't win a game if the turnover 
ratio is 3-to-0.  Give credit to Bobby.  This team is far better than the 
record would suggest. And now, with the new offensive playbook, he will 
be hard to stop. We had a hard time figuring his game-plan out, 
especially in the first half.  Our team hung in there, and played a great 
fourth-quarter.
Question 1:
Was there a point in the game that you thought it wasn't going to be a 
win for the Brats?
Coach Grieb - I always have faith in my players, but when Tomlinson 
fumbled down at the 5, I thought that we had given away too many 
opportunities to win it.  Of course, the very next play got me back into it.  I 
think Leber's sack was probably the biggest play of the game, next to 
the Dwayne Smith td.  But if Leber doesn't get that safety, we probably 
wouldn't have been in that position late in the fourth.
Question 2:
It seemed as if your defense was able to figure out the Beermen in the 
second half.
Coach Grieb - Actually,  I think it was a combination of things.  I 
think that Bobby may have been playing a little too conservative after 
getting the 14-point lead.  Actually, after we sacked his qb in the 
endzone, that is when he started playing not to lose.   
Question 3:
How high does this win rank in your coaching career?
Coach Grieb - Certainly, this was the biggest game of the year for us 
this far.  It was nice to see that we could pull a game out in which we 
didn't give our best effort.  As far as emotional wins, this has to be 
in the top 5.  I think we'll be a better team because of this game.
Question 4:
Next week, you play the Scranton Shithawgs, who are coached by your 
younger brother.
Coach Grieb - Ah yes, should be an interesting game.  Kurt has had a 
tough time the last few weeks, but he has a very talented team, one that 
has a chance to score a touchdown on every single play.  It'll be a 
scary one, especially with a mobile qb like McNabb.  If his team beats us 
twice, we are in trouble.

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