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World League of American Football NFL Europe Recap (Amsterdam-Scot Claymores)

Posted: Sun June 13, 1999 at 9:04 p.m. EDT


GLASGOW, Scotland (Ticker) -- Former Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak shattered the Scottish Claymores' World Bowl hopes by passing for two touchdowns and running for another in the Amsterdam Admirals' 29-20 victory.

The result eliminated Scotland from World Bowl contention and means that the Frankfurt Galaxy, who defeated Berlin, 32-19 earlier in the day, will be going to the championship game in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 27.

On a cold and rainy day, defenses dominated the early exchanges until Amsterdam quarterback Dan Gonzalez connected with James Kidd on a long pass to put the Admirals at the Scotland 20-yard line. But on the next play safety Tony Watkins ended the Admirals' threat with his second interception of the season.

That launched a drive that ended in spectacular fashion when Carolina Panthers quarterback Dameyune Craig threw a short pass to running back Jesse Haynes and he ran untouched for a 52-yard touchdown.

The first quarter ended with Scottish defensive back Cliff Shamburger called for pass interference on receiver Jason Shelley at the 5-yard line. Scotland's defense held firm and forced the Admirals to attempt a 23-yard field goal but as Silvio Diliberto's kick went wide the Claymores were penalized for a late hit. That kept the Admirals' drive alive and allowed Kubiak, allocated by the Indianapolis Colts, to score on a 1-yard run.

Another pass interference call, this time against the Admirals, left the Claymores one-yard from the end zone. But pressure on Craig forced Scotland back and left the Claymores to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Rob Hart.

Supported by the running of David Thompson, the Admirals threatened again inside the final two minutes of the first half and after yet another pass interference call Thompson scored on a 1-yard run. A failed two-point conversion attempt left the Admirals leading 12-10 at halftime.

Craig opened the second half by hitting Yo Murphy for a 41-yard gain on third down, but Michael Jenkins fumbled and Amsterdam's Ray Jackson returned it into Scotland territory. Amsterdam capitalized on the turnover as Frankie Biancamano kicked a 38-yard field goal.

Undeterred, Craig and Murphy hooked up again for a 40-yard gain to the Admirals' 1-yard line, but another fumble forced the ball back to the 9-yard line. The Claymores settled for a 31-yard field goal by Hart.

The Claymores were back on offense and got to the 1-yard line through the running of Haynes and Craig. But Craig's pass into the end zone was intercepted by Clyde Johnson.

The Admirals increased their lead to 22-13 with 12:10 remaining as Kubiak found Jason Shelley for a 16-yard touchdown, but with its World Bowl hopes hanging by a thread, Scotland rallied to score on Craig's 15-yard pass to Haynes with 8:31 to play.

The Admirals' next drive reached a crucial point when Amsterdam faced 4th-and-2. But a scrambling Kubiak hit Douglass for a first down at the Claymores' 19-yard line. The 13-play drive ended with Kubiak finding Douglass for a 20-yard score.

With just over two minutes remaining the Claymores refused to give up hope but after getting deep inside Amsterdam territory their World Bowl chances were dashed when Shane Doyle intercepted Craig's deflected pass.

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