Fire 17, Galaxy 7
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Elroy Harris scored two touchdowns, and the Birmingham Fire handed the previously unbeaten Frankfurt Galaxy a 17-7 loss in the World League on Sunday.
Both teams are 2-1.
Harris scored on a 10-yard run and pulled in a 9-yard shovel pass from Mike Norseth to lead the Fire.
Trailing 14-0, Tony Baker, who is known to Frankfurt fans as ″Der Touchdown Maker,″ scampered in from the 1 to cut the Fire lead to 14-7.
A 30-yard Phillip Doyle field goal made it 17-7.
Birmingham opened scoring on the pass from Norseth to Harris that made it 7-0 midway through the second quarter. Norseth set up the score with a 50-yard pass to Willie Bouyer.
Frankfurt quarterback Mike Perez was intercepted by Arthur Hunter on the Galaxy’s next possession, and Birmingham made it 14-0 to close the first half on Harris’ 1-yard touchdown run.
Galaxy kicker Robbie Keen, an NFL Allocation product, missed his first and second field goals of the season, the first a 45-yarder in the first quarter. Keen’s kicking woes continued in the second quarter when his punt from the Frankfurt end zone was blocked by Simmie Carter. The ball took a few Frankfurt bounces and rolled out to the 23-yard line.
Frankfurt came into the game atop the European Division. The Galaxy beat division rivals Barcelona and London to open the season.
The most excitement the Galaxy generated wasn’t even on the field. It was a thousand feet in the air. Last season in Frankfurt’s opener, then-league president Mike Lynn delivered the game ball via helicopter. Lynn’s gone, but the Galaxy did the helicopter thing again. Only this time the deliverer was suspended upside-down by a flaming cable. The cable burned through, and the man fell 10 feet onto the midfield stripe.
The game drew 33,857 fans to Wald Stadium, the team’s second-highest attendance figure in its history and the largest attendance to see a game in Europe this season.