Brats Barely Beat Beermen
Dietz and Watson Stadium, Berlin, Ger:
The Shithawgs came to town in search of a must-win against the hot-again, cold-again Bratwurst of Berlin. When all was said and done, the Brats came out flacid, as Berlin had no answer for the Scranton offense, let by Donovan McNabb.
As the rain came down, so did the football.....out of Marc Zala's hands on the opening kickoff. Scranton took advantage with a McNabb touchdown pass, making it 7-0 early. Berlin tied it on a long drive, but the lead was short-lived as McNabb dissected the defense of Berlin, making it 14-7 just before the half.
In the third quarter, Berlin was able to tie the game and then take the lead on a long LaDanian Tomlinson scamper, making it 21-14, but the lead was once again short-lived, as Scranton marched up the field and tied it. Berlin's offense lost focus and gave the ball up to Scranton late in the game.
Scranton was able to move down the field and absorb almost all the remaining time, kicking a short field goal for the win.
Coach Grieb Press Conference:
Ugh, what a resounding defeat. I guess we left our heart out on the field after last game, because we didn't show up this time, especially on defense. Maybe we were too aggressive with McNabb, who knows. He threw a lot of "up-for-grab" passes, and our defensive backs really didn't respond. Our offense was good for the most part, but when we needed them, they weren't to be found. Coach Kurt Grieb deserves a lot of credit for taking us out - we didn't know what he was going to do on offense and it showed.
Question 1: Is this the worst your defense has played all year? Coach Grieb - I'm not sure. Definitely the worst it has played in the last 6 weeks or so. We were thoroughly perplexed.
Question 2: What can you take away from a game like this? Coach Grieb - Again, I'm not sure. We face them again later in the season, and I believe that will be a must-win for us. We need to learn to contain McNabb, at the same time we need to learn to out-jump their receivers to the ball. Frustrating.
Question 3: What happened to the offense at the end? Coach Grieb - I'm not sure. We had a good thing going most of the game, and then it all seemed to fall apart. I'll have to look at the tapes.
Questio n4: Is next week's game a must-win? Coach Grieb - Every game is a must-win. This one will be a doozy. It always is when we play the Bandits. They have a great mix between the run and pass. Their defense is second-to-none. We need to put this game behind us starting right now.