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NFL Europe Recap (Scot Claymores-Rhein)
Posted: Sat May 15, 1999 at 5:40 p.m. EDTRHEIN 37, SCOT CLAYMORES 6
DUSSELDORF, Germany (Ticker) -- Jim Arellanes passed for four touchdowns in his first start of the season as the Rhein Fire crushed the Scottish Claymores, 37-6. Arellanes easily outplayed Dameyune Craig, who entered as the league's top-rated quarterback. The MVP of last year's World Bowl hit Jason Tucker for a 20-yard score late in the first quarter, capping a 10-play, 90-yard drive that was fueled by running back Derrick Clark. Arellanes found tight end Anthony McKinney for a nine-yard touchdown to double the advantage and Claymores cornerback Denorse Moseley fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Rhein (2-3) took advantage as Arellanes connected with Dialleo Burks from five yards out just five plays later for a 21-0 cushion. The Claymores (3-2) turned over the ball three more times in the final five minutes of the second quarter. Cornerback Dell McGee intercepted Craig and Manfred Burgsmuller capitalized with a 24-yard field goal. Mike Sutton sacked Craig, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Scottish side. The Fire settled for Burgsmuller's 18-yard field goal and a 27-0 halftime cushion. On Rhein's first play of the second half, Kez McCorvey caught a team-record 96-yard scoring strike from Arellanes. Burgsmuller added another field goal before Yo Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to get the Claymores on the board. Murphy broke the Claymores' receiving yards record with a 41-yard grab from Craig on Scotland's first play from scrimmage, but there were few other bright spots for coach Jim Criner's team.
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