What is hidden under the record
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes quarterback Joe Germinerio threw for 1,847 yards and 19 touchdowns Photo: Max Seefeld
The Baltic hurricanes in Kiel are now at the back of the German Football League season with a record 2 – 6 in the GFL North.
But there’s more lurking beneath the surface with the Hurricanes, which makes him a deadly opponent for those still in the playoff race.
There are four playoff spots up for grabs in GFL North and four in GFL South. Although both the GFL North and South are divided into two divisions each for travel purposes, for playoff purposes, they are conferences of six and eight teams.
For the Hurricanes, which now occupies fifth place of the six teams GFL North conference, there is still a chance to reach the playoffs with two games left in the regular season, against the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions and the Dresden monarchs. But in order to do that, they have to beat the the Lions then I hope the the Lions lose one of the other two games they have left after this contest. In other words, in the event of a tie in the ranking between Kiel and Brunswick, it is their face to face assessment that is decisive. So if the Hurricanes to beat Brunswick for the second time, and the two are tied, they would get the fourth and final place in the playoffs.
It means that Hurricanes quarterback Joe Germinerio and his favorite target Weston Carr will play to do more than just spoil the race for the two Brunswick and Dresden; The Monarchs are currently in a neck-and-neck race with the Potsdam Royal for the first place while the New York lions climb to catch up with the Cologne crocodiles, who are just ahead of them in third with a 4-3 record.
It may seem that the Hurricanes have little hope of making the seemingly perfect Monarchs to the ground or a resurgence New York lions team, but that would be a bad guess. Old Azusa Pacific (Div. II) and State of pennsylvania (Div.I) WR Weston Carr absolutely dominated the league. Even the aerial electric Cologne crocodiles can’t keep up with his 15 touchdowns and 1,185 yards in just eight games.
Germinerio completed 126 of 198 passes for 1,847 yards and 19 touchdowns, meaning Carr accounted for 64% of his quarterback’s passes and nearly 80% of his touchdown passes.
If Germinerio and Carr’s stats don’t convince you, then the score lines should. After an admittedly poor start for the team in the first four games, they came back strong. Their first win of the season came in their week five game against the the Lions in a convincing 34-31 win – their first victory against Braunschweig since 2012. It was followed by a convincing victory over the Berlin rebels before a loss of 61 to 48 in shootout with the Monarchs, which remained a one-scoring game until the fourth quarter. In the end, they won in a 40-35 against the Cologne crocodiles. The team could so easily have been seated at 4-4 and knocked out the top two passing teams in the process.
For the Hurricanes, the race to the playoffs will not be decided by assumptions but by victories. This means that with an explosive attack that can take down any defense in the league, they still have a chance. And if they both remove the the Lions and Monarchs, they suddenly become legitimate contenders.
No one would have thought that just a few weeks ago.