Stan Gelbaugh passed for five touchdowns Sunday to rally London from a 17-point deficit and help the Monarchs reach the World League of American Football's inaugural championship game with a 42-26 rout of the New York-New Jersey Knights.
The Monarchs, who sacked quarterback Jeff Graham nine times, reached a league-best 10-1 in the WLAF's first season of existence and ended the Knights' campaign at 5-6.London will play Barcelona at their Wembley Stadium home field next Sunday in the inaugural World Bowl for the WLAF title. Barcelona defeated Birmingham 10-3 Saturday night in the other semifinal game.
Gelbaugh completed 25 of 41 for 391 yards and also was intercepted three times. Kip Lewis caught nine passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights.
The Monarchs, who had beaten New York-New Jersey twice, trailed 17-0 after 20 minutes before Gelbaugh, the league's Most Valuable Player, took over. He passed to Andre Riley and Judd Garrett for second-quarter touchdowns, then hit Pat Davis and Jon Horton in the third as London took a 28-20 lead.\