Danube Dragons RB Silas Nacita #5 scored 5 TDs in Dragons Championship win over Vienna Vikings Photo: Alexander Forst
That Danube dragon were crowned the masters of Austrian Soccer league (AFL) after their 51-29 win over the Vienna viking.
This win completes a perfect 12-0 run by the dragon culminated this season Austria highest football award, a Austrian bowl Victory.
That dragon started this year as a league favorite after the departure of the “A-teams” of the two Austrian powerhouses that robber Tyrol and Vienna vikingto the European Football League (ELEVEN).
In addition to robber and viking Departure from the AFLsix of the ten teams that now make up the league were in Division 2 last year, setting the stage for favorable odds for Danube.
As in many of Europethe talent sinks in Austria to the ELEVEN was significant. But the dragon had done a great job of retaining talent with only one or two key players leaving; especially the full-back Philipp Haun, probably the best player of the season Austria.
veteran Danube Quarterback Chad Jeffries opened the season against the Salzburg ducks with some growing pains when new head coach Brett Morgan demanded more of that Azusa Pacific (NCAA D.II) graduate. But great talent and excellent coaching were enough to see the team through a half-time deficit and secure an opening week win.
And it was from here that the dragon came into their own and dominated the rest of the league. Jeffries’ numbers started to skyrocket thanks to help from Cam Lewis as an import wideout, as well as a stingy defense featuring the likes of Brain Peavy, Matthias Rebl and Paul Schachner.
As the weeks went by, the dragon reeled off impressive victories Graz giants, Viennese Vikings and Prague Black Pantherall as top-tier teams in the league.
With the playoffs fast approaching and only one of their regular season games being decided by less than a touchdown, the Austrian Crown felt like a safe bet to them dragon. However, as the season drew to a close, the team was hit by the unexpected loss of Lewis.
But for every cloud there is a silver lining, and for those dragon That silver lining came in the way of Silas Nacita, arguably one of the most electrifying players in Europe in the past few years. Nacita didn’t necessarily fit the playing style of the dragonhe was too good a prospect to pass up.
Nacita arrived just days before her playoff game against the Telfer patriots and immediately took over, rushing after three touchdowns and a 31-13 win to earn that dragon an appearance in the Austrian bowl against the Vienna viking.
The first time the dragon confronted Viennait was an all-out offensive show from both sides, with the game ending 57-42 in the dragon. It was a game in which Jeffries threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 completions.
The championship game didn’t disappoint either. After a relatively slow start, the scoring exploded in the second quarter as both sides went offensive. But towards the end of the second quarter it was clear that the viking had trouble keeping up dragon who kept piling it up.
Jeffries had played the bigger role in the regular season while Nacita was left to do the dirty work in the playoff win. But the two combined in the Austrian bowl Jeffries threw two touchdowns, both against Nacita, and fell on one and Nacita picked up three more on the ground.
This onslaught was too much for her viking and left the dragon To glide confidently through the finish line, which had been shown throughout the season despite numerous injuries and organizational challenges.
What the future holds for you now dragon is unclear. Their performance seems to suggest they might be better suited in a more competitive league. This would clearly indicate the ELEVEN and a date with him viking and robber. But until then, the team can certainly look back on a perfect and first season Austrian Championship for over 10 years.