The FV 1912 stadium was the venue for the semifinals of the american football regional league of bavaria playoffs between the bamberg bucks and the aschaffenburg stallions. The third meeting of the two teams this season was even closer than the first duels (5:0, 12:2 for the bucks), but there was also more at stake: the winner would move into the final and thus make the promotion to the bavarian league perfect.
In front of nearly 400 spectators the bucks started with their offense, which had to end their first drive with a missed field goal. The defense quickly recovered the ball, kicker christoph huth aimed a little more accurately and scored to make it 3:0. The rest of the game was similar until half-time – an attentive defense stopped the guests again and again, and huth scored again with a kick. Before that, the bamberg offense had marched well, but a lack of concentration cost the team a touchdown on two drives. At the break it was 6:0.
After the restart, the stallions fell in love with their passing game and overcame the bucks defense for the first time this year. The aschaffenburg pass catcher allowed himself his second unsportsmanlike conduct during the touchdown and was sent off the field. Thanks to an unsuccessful extra point the score was 6:6. One person in particular was not happy with this score: running back benedikt haderer, who was still active for the guests last year, completed a sparing drive by the bucks offense with a spectacular run in which he shook off several of his old teammates and scored the 13:6 (extra point by huth).
Aschaffenburg did not surrender, but scored, favored by penalties against the bamberg defense, three minutes before the end also again. On the extra point try, things got very exciting: instead of kicking for the equalizer, the guests went for the win and lined up for the two-point conversion: a single chance to push the ball over the line from just under two meters and turn the deficit into a lead. In this game-deciding situation, however, the bucks’ defense showed why it was the best in the league last season, stopping the ball carrier well short of the line. The battle was thus fought, as the offense controlled the ball and the opponent until the final whistle.
The bucks have won promotion to the bavarian league at the first attempt. Saturday, 18. August, it still comes to the final around the national league championship with the also undefeated starnberg argonauts.