Admirals end World Bowl drought
May 29, 2005
Hamburg Sea Devils 10, Amsterdam Admirals 27
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ruvell Martin scored three times to see off the Sea Devils. (waynepaulo.com)
QUARTERBACK Kurt Kittner threw a hat-trick of second half touchdown passes to San Diego Chargers-allocated wide receiver Ruvell Martin to blow open what had been a tight, low-scoring affair in the Netherlands.
And with the Cologne Centurions losing at home to the Rhein Fire, the Admirals booked a first World Bowl berth since 1995 and will face the Berlin Thunder in the championship game in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday June 11.
Martin, who ended the game with 5 receptions for 114 yards, reeled in scoring strikes of 13, 37 and 25 yards to give him a league-leading 10 touchdown receptions on the season.
Amsterdam’s defense was also in dominant form, intercepting Hamburg quarterbacks four times and recovering a fumble. The Admirals recorded six interceptions during an overtime loss against the Sea Devils in Week 7.
Casey Bramlet and Ryan Dinwiddie were each picked off twice, with safety Scott Connot leading Amsterdam’s defensive charge with 7 tackles, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.
After a slow start, Kittner put up solid numbers for the Admirals, hitting on 19 of 35 passes for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals passer Bramlet, who was intercepted four times in Hamburg’s previous meeting with the Admirals, made a shaky start to the game, fumbling the opening snap before falling on the loose ball.
Two plays later, Bramlet attempted an ill-advised pass as he was about to be sacked by defensive tackle Jeremy Caudill and Admirals safety Ron Israel made a diving interception at Hamburg’s 40-yard line.
Jarrett Payton rushed three times for 16 yards as the Admirals moved into scoring range before Kittner (Chicago Bears) threw incomplete on third down. Chris Snyder then had his 44-yard field goal attempt blocked by defensive tackle Aaron Hunt.
Despite starting their second drive of the day at their own 6-yard line, the Admirals got on the scoreboard through Snyder’s 23-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining in the first quarter. The scoring march got off to a good start as Martin drew a 39-yard pass interference penalty out of Sea Devils cornerback Rufus Brown.
Kittner then hit wideout Ataveus Cash for a 21-yard gain, French tight end Yoan Schnee for 7 yards and Payton on a 9-yard screen pass. But the Admirals couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone as Martin failed to haul in what would have been a touchdown strike from Kittner on third down, bringing on the field goal unit to give the home side a 3-0 lead.
The Sea Devils began their next drive in outstanding field position as Snyder slipped on his kickoff and his botched effort was fielded at the Admirals 42-yard line by Hamburg linebacker Scott Genord.
Zack Abron gained 14 yards on two carries before Bramlet hooked up with wide receiver Chris Collins for an 11-yard gain. Inside their own 20-yard line, the Admirals defense stiffened and the visitors were forced to settle for a 30-yard Todd France field goal that saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-allocated kicker tie the league record for points in a season with 85 (Scott Szeredy, Barcelona Dragons 1995).
With defenses dominating the remainder of the first half, neither team had further scoring opportunities until the Admirals forced a late turnover as linebacker Greg Carothers caused Abron to fumble and Connot recovered the loose football. An unnecessary roughness penalty against Hamburg gave the Admirals a first down at their own 49-yard line with just over three minutes left in the half.
Kurt Kittner throws one of his three second half touchdown passes. (waynepaulo.com)
Kittner connected with wide receiver Carlos Perez for 10 yards, wideout John Booth for 14 yards and Payton for another 11. A 4-yard pass to Payton and a pass interference penalty against Zach Norton moved the Admirals as close as the 3-yard line but with Martin dropping his second pass of the day in the end zone, they were forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Snyder and a 6-3 lead.
Amsterdam had a chance to increase their lead as Connot intercepted Dinwiddie at his own 35-yard line with 26 seconds left in the half. Kittner connected with Martin for gains of 17 and 22 yards before an apparent touchdown pass to Perez was called back due to an offensive pass interference penalty against the Philadelphia Eagles-allocated wide receiver.
The infraction meant Snyder was called upon to attempt a longer field goal as time expired in the half and his 50-yard effort sailed wide left.
The Admirals stretched their lead on the opening drive of the second half as Martin finally secured a catch in the end zone as he reached high to reel in a well-executed play-action pass from Kittner for a 13-yard score. Snyder tacked on the extra point for a 13-3 lead.
Martin’s eighth touchdown catch of the 2005 season was set up by Kittner’s 44-yard pass to Booth. After making his scoring grab, Martin pretended to rock the football to sleep as a tribute to his two-week-old daughter, Kennedy, who he has yet to see since her birth back in the United States.
With Hamburg struggling on offense, the Admirals soon found themselves back on offense and in good field position as a 33-yard run by Jonathan Smith moved them to midfield. Smith carried a further four times on the scoring drive, picking up a key first down with a 2-yard run on fourth-and-one inside Sea Devils territory.
After conceding a sack, Kittner recovered on the next play to loft his 37-yard touchdown pass to Martin, who out-muscled his marker at the goal-line to give the Admirals a 20-3 third quarter advantage.
With Amsterdam’s pass defense shutting down the Hamburg attack for most of the second half and wiping out any hopes of a comeback, the Admirals iced the game as Kittner hit the seemingly unstoppable Martin on a post-pattern from 25 yards out for a 27-3 lead with 2:20 remaining.
There was a small consolation for the Sea Devils as they found the end zone on Dinwiddie’s 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bobby Blizzard as time expired. France converted the PAT for his record 86th point of the season.
Sorry thats all I found but atleast he did something of note. Also I may add that I think Kittner will be the next great player from NFLE.