Brats Find a Way to Lose against Muddies
Dietz and Watson Field, Berlin, GER:
Berlin welcomed the offensive and defensive powerhouse Mudfish to
Germany for what would turn out to be anything but offensive. The
teams combined for 8 turnovers in a game that had more twists than
a Chubby Checker album.
Berlin started off by forcing the Muddies to punt on their first
drive. The Brats were able to score 3, to take the early lead.
The Mudfish turned the ball over to the Brats on the next drive,
but Drew Brees returned the favor, by throwing one of his 3
interceptions. The Mudfish were able to respond by moving 35 yards
for their first score.
Berlin kicked a field goal to make it 7-6, but on the ensuing kickoff
Rashard Matthews broke 6 tackles en-route to a 100 yard touchdown.
Berlin threatened again, but Brees threw his second pick in the endzone.
The Mudfish gave the ball back on a pick by Duncan, and Berlin put 3
more on the board to make it 14-9 at the half.
The third quarter was filled with more turnovers as neither team scored.
But in the 4th, Marc Zala fumbled a punt with nobody around him, and the
Muddies recovered at the 4 yard line. Muckinpatus was unable to score a
TD as the Berlin defense continued its domination. Muckinpatus put 3 points
on the board to take a 17-9 lead midway through the 4th quarter.
Berlin was able to get the football back with just over a minute to go, and
Drew Brees commandeered a great drive, culminated by a Dwayne Smith
touchdown catch with 40 seconds to play, narrowing the game to 17-15.
Brees failed to connect with Tomlinson on the 2-pointer, but Berlin still
had a chance with an onside kick. It looked as if the Brats were going to
recover the ball, but when the smoke cleared, the Mudfish had the ball, and
Coach Grieb Press Conference:
No injuries to report. This game will take a few years off of my life. I
thought we controlled the entire game, with the exception of special teams,
and that is what ultimately beat us. Our defense has never played a better
game. Our offense moved the ball well, but couldn't convert in the red zone.
We can definitely say that we match up well with the rest of the league, and
if we continue to play like this, we will be a force.
Were you surprised by how well your defense contained Ricky Williams?
Coach Grieb - I knew my boys could play like that, but it seemed like they
never took a play off. Coach McCandless said to me that he hasn't seen a
team play so well against his offense. I'm proud of them.
Question 2: Is there anything you would've done differently in the game?
Coach Grieb - Besides kicking the ball out of bounds after we got the field
goal, and pulling Marc Zala off the field on that punt, probably not. I may
have not have been so aggressive on first down in the red zone. Our running
game was doing well, and I probably should've continued to stuff it.
What happened on that kickoff return?
Coach Grieb - We hit that returner with about 5 or 6 good hits, and he didn't
go down. He was determined to get to the endzone, and he did. Great return.
Question 4: How difficult is it to lose a game like this?
Coach Grieb - On one hand, I was happy with the performance. We played against
the AFC champions, and we took them to the limit. On the other hand, I've never
been a part of a game that has been so one-sided, and my team still lost.
Sometimes these things happen.
Question 5: Next week brings the Salty Dogz. What can we expect.
Coach Grieb - Offensive fireworks from their team. This team is one of the three
best offenses in the league. We won't be able to shut them down, we can just
hope to contain them. Our offense will have to convert. It should be