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Falcons unable to win the 'Battle of the birds'

After failing to hold on to a fourth quarter lead against the Alphen Eagles at home four weeks ago, the Arnhem team repeated this last Sunday in Alphen. This time a 7-6 third quarter lead was given up to the reigning champion Eagles and the team were unable to overcome the deficit in the remainder of the game.

"Scrappy" was the general consensus about the game when it was all over. Lots of turnovers (2 for the Eagles, 5 for Arnhem and, an inordinate amount of penalty yards on both sides lead to a low scoring game where neither offense could convince and where neither defense could really make their mark on the game.

It started out well enough, the Eagles orchestrated a nice opening drive and scored the first 6 points of the game. The Falcons answer didn't come immediately, but when it did it was a thing of beauty: AJ Hobbelink connected with Jermaine Ramsey on a short post and a missed tackle and 60 yards later the Falcons tied up the score. This time the Falcons used Joost Holtslag as placekicker and he added the extra point for a 7-6 Falcons lead.

Then, scappiness set in, and this was the cause that this turned out to be the halftime score as well.
Immediately after halftime the Eagles set to work on a run dominated drive, something that's unusual for them but also proved to be very effective. At the end of it the Eagles ran the ball in for the touchdown and QB Richard Bouthoorn connected with his receiver for the two-point conversion to give Alphen a 14-7 lead.

The Falcons offense then got chance after chance and set up drive after drive, only to see them end in turnovers (either on downs, punts or penalties). With a little over two minutes to go the Arnhem offense once again gathered themselves and started a very promising drive and drove deep into Alphen territory until the gremlin that plagued them in their home-game against the Eagles reared up its ugly head again: a snap exchange was botched, the fumbled ball recovered by Alphen.

All that rested were kneel-downs for the Alphen Eagles to hold on to a very hard-fought victory. A victory that all but assures them of first place in the division and with that home field advantage for the playoffs.
The Arnhem Falcons most likely will travel to the Amsterdam Crusaders for their playoff game, something the team will get to do next week as well as their week 9 regular season game has them pitted against the 'big red' from Amsterdam.

Box score Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4     Total
Eagles        6        0        8        0         14
Falcons      0        7        0        0           7
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Doesn't look like legacy to me... #z13
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The schedule for the remaining games for all Falcons teams in the 2015 Dutch league.
We're already nearing the end of the regular season in the Dutch league. Below you can find the remaining schedules for all Arnhem Falcons teams. Come and… - Arnhem Falcons American Football - Google+
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only in America....
"Lawsuit of the Day: A Nebraska Woman is Suing All Homosexuals in the Name of Jesus."
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Falcons youth teams all win this weekend, move in on playoffs

The last weekend of the May holidays has proven to be a good one for the three Falcons youth teams in action: Peewees, Cadets and Juniors all emerged victorious from their games.

The juniors opened the string of good results with their second victory over the CSB Eagles from Amsterdam. This game was played on Saturday night and the 30-2 victory put the Junior team on the edge of the playoffs. Their fourth place is enough for them to squeeze in and this spot looks secure with a four point gap between them and the Pho3nix combination team in fifth place.

On Sunday the undefeated Cadets team continued their string of victories with a 10-18 away win against the Lelystad Commanders. The team are now 6-0 and assured of a playoff spot, most likely a home game.

Finally the youngest Falcons, the peewees,  battled a tough opponent in the Lelystad Commanders peewee team but managed to stay on top in what only can only be described as a slug-fest: 79-68.  The peewees are now caught up in a three-way tie for second place with a 4-1 record. For them, the playoffs also look like a shoe in, since the number 5 team is 6 points behind.

All in all, not a bad weekends work.
Lastly, a word of encouragement for Juniors quarterback Jarno van der Pol, who tore his ankle ligaments in the Saturday night game. The entire Falcons family wishes you a speedy and full recovery!
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Falcons suffer heartbreaking loss, fall to 6-1 on the season

In the battle of the league leaders, the Arnhem Falcons suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hand of reigning national champions Alphen Eagles.

It all started so well for the Falcons that Sunday, April 26. The stingy defense they have shown all season so far once again proved itself right from the outset, forcing the Eagles to a three and out on their opening possession. The Falcons offense took over in favorable field position and used 10 plays to march to the Alphen 2 yard line. Right then the first sign of issues started to show when the ball exchange on the snap was botched and the Eagles recovered, completing an unlikely goalline stand.

History repeated itself though, with another Alphen three and out followed by a Falcons drive. This time though, there were no mistakes when AJ Hobbelink found Matt Newman deep along the right sideline for a 42 yard touchdown pass. Jordin Kemperman pushed his PAT attempt just wide to the left for a 6-0 Falcons lead.

After the ensuing kickoff, the second quarter began and it seemed as if the Eagles only now woke up. Quarterback Richard Bouthoorn twice found his receivers uncovered deep down the field, completing passes of 36 and 40 yards respectively. This set up a first and goal situation at the Falcons 2 yardline, from where Eagles runningback Jermaine Charles tied the game. The PAT was successful, giving Alphen a 6-7 lead.

Both teams then stiffened up on defense, forcing three and out drives or drives for very limited gain until the Falcons once again managed to set up a drive into the Alphen redzone. Rather uncharacteristically for the Falcons, it wasn’t the running game which sustained the drive, but rather the arm of AJ Hobbelink, connecting with three different receivers before recording his second touchdown pass of the day on a 5 yard pass to Jermaine Ramsey. The two point conversion attempt failed, making the score 12-7, which also proved to be the halftime score.



The start of the second half saw a continuation of play in the first half, with both defenses setting the tone early, again sending the respective offenses off the field after three attempts. The Falcons’ second drive of the third quarter was more successful, a well balanced attack moved the ball both through the air and over the ground. Thirteen plays in total were used to march 80 yards across the field and finish off with yet another TD pass from AJ Hobbelink, this time to his big tight end Thijs Steffen in the middle of the endzone. The two point conversion attempt was successful as runningback Joost Holtslag caught a short swingpass and barreled into the endzone making the score 20-7 in Arnhem favor.

Things looked bleak for the Alphen Eagles, especially when their next drive was cut short by Milan Lentze’s 7th interception of the season however, as the fourth quarter started, the gremlins once again interfered with the Falcons’ snap exchange and caused another turnover. Apart from an advance in fieldposition, the Eagles were unable to capitalize on this mistake, but after their punt, the very next Falcons snap again went astray, causing the third lost fumble of the Arnhem offense. This time, the Eagles made the most of the opportunity with a pass dominated drive capped of by Richard Bouthoorns first TD pass of the day. Again, the PAT went through the uprights, reducing the Alphen deficit to 6 points.

After the kickoff, the Alphen defense forced another three and out, but once again disaster struck for the Falcons: the long snap sailed over the head of acting punter Joost Holtslag and was recovered on the Falcons 3 yard line. This gift wasn’t wasted on the champions as they scored on their first attempt on a run up the middle. The importance of a reliable kicking game was proven once more as the extra point sailed through the uprights (20-21).

There was still time for Arnhem do do something about the score, but the Alphen defense did not allow the Falcons offense back into the redzone anymore, completing a hard fought comeback for the Eagles, and handing the Falcons their first loss of the season.

Box score             Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Arnhem Falcons    6    6    8    0    20
Alphen Eagles        0    7    0    7    21
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