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NFL Europe Recap (Scot Claymores-Berlin)
Posted: Sat April 24, 1999 at 9:25 p.m. EDTSCOT CLAYMORES 48, BERLIN 14
BERLIN (Ticker) -- Dameyune Craig threw four touchdown passes as the Scottish Claymores spoiled the Berlin Thunder's homecoming party with a 48-14 victory. Craig, allocated to NFL Europe by the Carolina Panthers, followed his game-winning heroics against the Rhein Fire by completing 16-of-24 passes for 290 yards in Berlin's first home game in the league. Scotland scored on its first four possessions on the way to setting a new league record with 35 points in the first half. Running back Jesse Haynes, allocated by the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to find the end zone when he sprinted away with Craig's pass for an 86-yard touchdown. Craig then found Yo Murphy, Shon Bell and Donald Sellars to set up Haynes' six-yard touchdown run. The Thunder, who drew fewer than 10,000 fans, reduced the deficit on Andre Ware's six-yard pass to San Diego Chargers receiver Anthony Rodgers. But Craig and the Claymores responded with two more scores early in the second quarter. A pair of passes to running back Emory Smith, the brother of Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith, set the stage for Craig to hit San Francisco 49ers tight end Bell for a 21-yard touchdown. Rowelle Blenman then recovered Justin Watson's fumbled kickoff return before Craig's 13-yard strike to Murphy. Berlin's secondary continued to struggle against the mobile, versatile Craig and a pass interference penalty was the key play on a drive that ended with Craig's 13-yard scoring pass to Bell. Berlin quarterback Chuck Clements of the Denver Broncos, splitting time with former Heisman Trophy winner Ware, gave Berlin a glimmer of hope by driving them to the Claymores 10-yard line in the closing moments of the first half. But he was picked off by linebacker Matt Finkes. Rob Hart kicked a 31-yard field goal on Scotland's opening drive of the second half for a 38-7 lead before the Thunder lifted the home crowd with Ware's 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcus Hinton of the Oakland Raiders. In the fourth quarter, Hart added a 21-yard field goal and cornerback Clifford Ivory ran back an interception of Clements' pass to complete the highest score in Claymores history.
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