Monarchs 35, Skyhawks 10
WEMBLEY, England (AP) _ Stan Gelbaugh, the WLAF’s top-ranked passer, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten London Monarchs past winless Raleigh-Durham 35-10 Sunday.
The Monarchs (6-0) overcame four turnovers and a stumbling start to hand the Skyhawks their sixth straight loss. Attendance at Wembley Stadium on a clear, pleasant evening was 33,997.
Gelbaugh, who completed 29 of 39, had a 1-yard TD pass to Jeff Alexander; a 25-yarder to to Andre Riley and an 8-yarder to Tony Sargent as the Monarchs broke open the game in the second half.
The Skyhawks trailed just 14-10 at intermission then got to the London 3 on the first possession of the second half when Bobby McAllister completed a 72- yard pass to Melvin Patterson. However, McAllister fumbled on third-and- goal and Roy Hart recovered for the Monarchs.
Two quick TDs then put the game away.
Wilson Hoyle’s 44-yard field goal following a fumble by London’s David Smith on the first play of the game gave the Skyhawks a quick 3-0 lead.
Gelbaugh put the Monarchs ahead 7-3 on a 1-yard flip to Alexander with 2:26 left in the first quarter. But the Skyhawks responded with a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by John Burch’s 2-yard TD run to take a 10-7 lead.
Gelbaugh’s 25-yarder to Riley, the last of four straight completions for 66 yards, gave the Monarchs their halftime lead.
After McAllister’s fumble, London went on an 11-play, 84-yard march campped by Alexander’s 13-yard touchdown run that made it 21-10. On the next series, Gelbaugh hit Sargent to make it 28-10.
Smith capped the scoring with 3-yard run with 29 seconds left.
London’s Judd Garrett had 10 receptions for 91 yards.