Rhein Fire 15, Claymores 14
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) _ Leo Araguz’s third field goal, a 24-yarder with 7:57 left, gave the Duesseldorf Rhein Fire their first win Saturday, a 15-14 decision over the previously unbeaten Scottish Claymores.
But the Claymores (3-1) can still win the WLAF’s first half of the season and qualify to host the World Bowl by beating the Galaxy in Frankfurt next Saturday. Frankfurt (3-0) plays the Amsterdam Admirals on Sunday.
Rhein Fire took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on Andy Kelly’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Byron Chamberlain. It was a league-leading fifth touchdown for Chamberlain, a tight end allocated by the Denver Broncos.
The Claymores came back to take a 7-6 lead when Steve Matthews, on loan from Kansas City, hit Siran Stacy with a 21-yard touchdown pass. Stacy, a former Alabama player and Philadelphia Eagle, was the league’s top rusher in 1995.
Araguz restored a 12-7 Rhein Fire lead by kicking field goals of 39 and 34 yards in the second and third quarters.
Matthews followed by throwing his second touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter, this time finding fellow Chiefs’ receiver Sean LaChapelle early in the fourth quarter for 33 yards.