Week 11 News
Media, PA: The Bratwurst came into Beermen stadium riding the tide of a 4-game winning streak, and facing a Media team desperate for a victory. The Bratwurst left town with yet another victory, this time handing Quercetti's Beermen a 38-10 drubbing.
"It was a game we had to have," said an elated Bratwurst coach, Karl Grieb. "This may have been the most complete game our team has played to date."
Tell that to the Beermen who watched the Bratwurst jump out to a 14-3 halftime lead, mainly due a successful running attack fueled by LaDanian Tomlinson. "I can't take all the credit for my success, because the boys up front have been opening up holes for me all season," said Tomlinson.
The Bratwurst were able to contain the league's second leading rusher, Clinton Portis, and totally stifle Jake Plummer, forcing 2 interceptions and a host of sacks. "Our defense really stepped it up," said Grieb. "The last few weeks, our defense has kind of sagged a bit, but this week, they put it all together. I'm proud of them."
The Beermen tried a little trickery to begin the second half, by calling a pooch kick on the kickoff that has worked for them in the past. Unfortunately for Media, the Bratwurst recovered and had great field position to start the third. The Bratwurst converted with a touchdown and led 21-3. Plummer threw an interception that led to another Bratwurst field goal, putting the score at 24-3 midway through the third.
Although the Beermen basically controlled the football the rest of the way, too many mistakes kept them from getting anywhere near the Brats. Late in the third quarter with the Beermen driving deep in Bratwurst territory, Plummer threw his second interception of the game, and the second one to Tay Cody, who returned it all the way for a touchdown. "That was a killer," said a dejected Quercetti.
The Beermen did manage to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but on the ensuing onsides kick, the Bratwurst special teams recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown. "It was quite a performance, one I hope we can duplicate next week," said Grieb.
The Bratwurst play division rival Punxatawny next week in a game that could decide the fate of the division. "We played a great game against them a few weeks ago," said Grieb of Berlin's 27-17 win. "We know they are out for blood this time, so we might have to play even better."