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NFL Europe: Week 5 Recap


In the 400th game in league history, the Berlin Thunder became the first team since the 1998 Rhein Fire to begin a season with five straight wins, topping the Admirals 33-29, Sunday.

Packers tight end Tony Donald had two catches for 40 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown catch from Clint Stoerner (Miami) to bring Amsterdam to within four points with 54 seconds remaining in the game.

But the high-powered offense of Berlin would prove to be too much, as quarterback Rohan Davey (New England) completed 10-of-17 passes for 149 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to 18 yards on six carries and a 1-yard touchdown run.

For the Admirals, Packers linebacker Steve Josue had two assisted tackles and two special teams tackles, while cornerback Derek Combs added one tackle.

One week after dropping their first contest of the season, the Frankfurt Galaxy (4-1) avoided their second consecutive overtime game as running back Skip Hicks (Cincinnati) scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the final minute of regulation to give Frankfurt the 24-17 victory over the Cologne Centurions (1-4).

Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins had four tackles, while cornerback Erwin Swiney had three tackles and two passes defensed for the Centurions. Defensive end Eric Powell had one tackle and one fumble recovery in the losing effort.

The Claymores avoided being the only team remaining in NFL-E without a win -- and the first team since the 1992 Ohio Glory to open a season 0-5 -- as Scotland topped the Rhein Fire (2-3) 13-12, Sunday.

With two receptions on the day, wide receiver Ronald Bellamy (Miami) caught 28-yard touchdown passes from both Claymores quarterbacks, the first from Nate Hybl (Cleveland) to put Scotland up 7-3 in the first quarter. The second -- the game-winning score -- came from Curt Anes (Detroit) in the corner of the end zone with six seconds remaining in the game to send a crowd of 9,165 at Hampden Park into frenzied celebrations.

For the Fire, Packers wide receiver Shockmain Davis had three catches for 19 yards and one kickoff return for 16 yards in the loss.

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Week 5 Results

Berlin 33, Amsterdam 29 (Attendance: 12,909)

Frankfurt 24, Cologne 17 (Attendance: 24,117)

Scotland 13 , Rhein 12 (Attendance: 9,165)

Week 6 Schedule

Saturday, May 8, 2004

Amsterdam at Rhein -- noon (CT)

Berlin at Cologne -- noon (CT)

Sunday, May 9, 2004

Frankfurt at Scotland -- 8:00 AM (CT)

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