After an excellent start the Schwaebisch Hall Unicorns had to fight hard at the Optima Sportpark in Schwaebisch Hall. However, at the end the Berlin Adler could not avoid a 0:28 defeat in the BIG6 group game.
These were no good portents for the Unicorns offense on Saturday. Not only the fact that they missed receiver Patrick Donahue because of his participation in a NFL camp in the USA. At the middle of the week runningback Danny Washington got ill.
Bastian Ziegler came to the honour to start on runningback position an made clear quickly, that there will be no troubles about the Unicorns running game on this day. He used his first contact to the ball in the third play of the game for a 49-yard run for his first touchdown (Tim PAT Stadelmayr). Ziegler, who was retrained in winter from receiver to runningback ran 134 yards against the eagles, an gained another 29 yards receiving.
Already in the next drive Bastian Ziegler caught two passes from Marco Ehrenfried and with his third run in this drive he scored again for 14:0 (PAT Stadelmayr).
Tyler Rutenbeck contributed another touchdown to the strong start of the Unicorns. Shortly after the side change to the second quarter he caught a 5-yard pass for 21:0 (PAT Stadelmayr). However, then the attack powder of the Unicorns was used up. Berlin appeared better and better to the Unicorns offense. This also got Quarterback Marco Ehrenfried under pressure and forced him to some imprecise pass plays.
The Adler could hit from it, however, no countable profit what was to be owed of the Unicorns defense. The Unicorns defenders controlled their opponents so well that they could achieve only 93 yards.
Directly after the break it was Gerhard Jaeger who could intercept a Berlin pass. Unicorns offense moved the ball rather quickly over the field. However, Devon Franeois stoped the Unicorns drive by an interception.
The 1.400 spectators had to wait until 5 minutes before the end of the game for the final touchdown by Joseph Joyner, (PAT Stdelmayr), who caught an Ehrenfried pass for the 28:0.