Monarchs 45, Surge 21
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Jon Horton caught eight passes, including a 30-yard touchdown, and Stan Gelbaugh threw for 325 yards as the London Monarchs defeated the Sacramento Surge 45-21 Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the WLAF.
With the victory, the Monarchs (9-0) clinched the league’s first playoff slot and earned at least a tie for the European division championship.
The game was played before a sellout crowd of 21,409 at Hughes Stadium, the first sellout in World League of American Football history. The crowd pushed total attendance at WLAF games to more than 1 million in the inaugural season.
Gelbaugh, the league’s top-rated passer, completed 18 of 26 passes, including a 30-yarder to Horton in the first quarter that began a 31-point run.
Horton had a league record 196 yards on his eight catches.
London’s Jeff Alexander rushed for three touchdowns, tying a league record. He had two in the first half, when the Monarchs built a 31-7 lead.
The Surge were down 31-0 before scoring with 14 seconds remaining in the first half on a 41-yard pass from Mike Elkins to Colin Sumner.
Elkins was on the run for much of the game. The Monarchs sacked him five times and got to his backup, Todd Ellis, three times. Ellis relieved Elkins in the fourth quarter.