Dominant Claymores to host World Bowl

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The Scottish Claymores assured themselves of home advantage in next month's World Bowl with a convincing 20-0 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy before 32,000 stunned fans at the Waldstadion on Saturday night.

The Galaxy boasted the most prolific offense in the World League but had no answer to the Claymores' aggression and hostility. Their quarterback, Steve Pelluer, left the game with bruised ribs, while the offensive guard, Charles Hope, suffered a fractured hip in the face of a relentless Scottish onslaught.

Frankfurt conceded five interceptions, two of which were claimed by the safety, James Fuller. Cut by the Galaxy in pre-season, Fuller clearly had a point to prove, his solid tackling and intense pursuit setting the tone for his colleagues.

Given the visitors' dominance, it was surprising that they were ahead by only six points with less than 10 minutes remaining. However, their quarterback, Steve Matthews, threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to his wide receiever, Sean LaChapelle, and Markus Thomas scored on a three yard run to confirm Scotland's dominance.

Despite playing with a shoulder injury, LaChapelle caught six passes for 180 yards to further enhance his NFL credentials. The running back Siran Stacy added a further 133 yards on 25 carries to become the leading ground-gainer in World League history.

The London Monarchs lost 28-9 in Amsterdam on Saturday. The Admirals' TC Wright rushed for two touchdowns and returned a punt for another. In reply, the British tight end Gerry Anderson caught his first professional pass for a three yard touchdown.