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Commonwealth Games 2002

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Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Claymores make ideal start
The Claymores' JJ Moses faces the Barcelona Dragons
The Claymores' JJ Moses faces the Barcelona Dragons
Scottish Claymores 45-17 Barcelona Dragons

The Scottish Claymores got the 2002 NFL Europe season off to the perfect start with an emphatic win over last season's World Bowl runners-up.

The rampant home side notched up six touchdowns in front of a crowd of 11,808 at Hampden Park.

Quarterback Scott Dreisbach made an accomplished debut, starting with an early four-yard touchdown pass to Scott McCready.

Kicker Rob Hart stroked over the extra point to give the hosts a 7-0 lead with just under 10 minutes of the first quarter gone.

Scotland increased their lead to 10-0 right at the start of the second quarter with Hart's field goal, although it should have been more as JJ Moses missed Dreisbach's pass.

The Catalans came back into the game and got their reward as the first half drew to a close.

The Claymores' Herbert Goodman
The Claymores' Herbert Goodman
Visiting quarterback Ted White hit Brandon Christenson in the end zone from two yards and veteran kicker Jesus Angoy duly added the point to bring Dragons within three points at the interval.

But they were soon 10 points behind again when McCready bagged his second touchdown of the afternoon.

This time he reeled in a 26-yard Dreisbach pass and Hart again added the extra point.

Barcelona pulled it back to 17-10 with a field goal from Angoy as the home defence rallied to prevent them getting their second touchdown on the board.

But the Claymores took a giant step towards victory with a third touchdown in the third quarter, Jarvis Borum recovering a fumble from Herbert Goodman to burrow into the end zone.

Scott McCready tries to win the ball
Scott McCready tries to win the ball
It was man-of-the-match Goodman himself who wrapped up the win in the fourth quarter as he squeezed over after Moses had made headway with a thrilling run.

Christenson grabbed a late consolation for the away side, his second of the game.

But their torment was not ended yet as Dreisbach picked out tight end Elliott Carson for the Scots' fifth touchdown of the afternoon.

The sixth quickly followed when James Rooths intercepted a wayward pass and sprinted 56 yards into the end zone.

Elsewhere, World Bowl champions Berlin Thunder crashed 27-24 to Frankfurt Galaxy in overtime, while former Claymore Kevin Daft threw two touchdown passes as Amsterdam Admirals beat Rhein Fire 27-10.

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