Mike Perez hit tight end Chad Fortune with a 38-yard scoring pass and linebacker Willie Don Wright recovered a fumble in the end zone as the Frankfurt Galaxy defeated the Barcelona Dragons 17-0 in the World League of American Football season opener Saturday night.
After a scoreless first half, Galaxy kicker Robbie Keen kicked a 47-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was a measure of revenge for Keen, cut last week by the Dragons.Wright fell on a fumble by Dragons quarterback Scott Erney after a solid hit by linebacker Lyneil Mayo with 54 seconds to play.
A crowd of 25,788 saw the game at Montjuic Stadium.
The victory was the second in as many years here for Frankfurt, which handed Barcelona its only home loss in 1991 with a 10-3 defeat.
Frankfurt went through its first season last year without a shutout.
The club was cheered by about 200 members of its "Tackledeath" fan club who came from Germany.
"It was an important game for us and an important game for them," said Frankfurt coach Jack Elway. "But with the way we started out last year (2-2), I'll take this. I didn't breathe easy though until the last few seconds."
Barcelona, meanwhile, squandered several scoring chances and struggled to get untracked all night. The Dragons reached the World Bowl finals in 1991, but looked like anything but contenders against Frankfurt.
Surge 20, Fire 6
At Sacramento, Calif, David Archer passed for 272 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night to lead the Sacramento Surge to a 20-6 victory over the Birmingham Fire in the WLAF opener for both teams.
Archer, a seven-year NFL veteran, was nearly flawless, at one point completing 10 straight passes in the first half. He finished 18 of 23 with one interception.
Archer's two touchdowns came on a 47-yard strike to Eddie Brown in the second quarter and a 10-yard toss to Carl Parker in the third which gave the Surge a commanding 20-3 lead.
The Surge defense, meanwhile, limited the Fire to 153 yards passing and 100 yards rushing.