Jon Horton scored on a 96-yard pass play from Stan Gelbaugh to highlight a 17-point third quarter that propelled the London Monarchs to a 24-11 victory Saturday over the Frankfurt Galaxy in the opening game of the World League of American Football season.
A safety marked the first scoring play of the new league. Frankfurt nose tackle Chris Williams sacked London quarterback John Witkowski on the final play of the first quarter.David Smith scored the league's first touchdown when he ran 28 yards with 2:25 left in the first half.
David Alexander kicked a field goal on London's opening drive of the third quarter to put the Monarchs ahead 10-5.
Gelbaugh replaced Witkowski in the second half and found Horton for the long touchdown with 5:52 remaining in the quarter.
London recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff-return and wide receiver Dana Brinson waltzed into the end zone from nine yards out two plays later to put the Monarchs ahead 24-5.
One of the few highlights for the crowd of 23,169 at Waldstadium came when Stefan Maslo, one of the three Germans on Frankfurt's roster, converted a field goal to give Frankfurt a 5-0 lead six minutes into the second quarter.
Galaxy quarterback Mike Perez tossed a 6-yard-pass to tight end Todd Young for Frankfurt's only touchdown, five minutes into the final quarter.
A German crowd witnessed an American pro football game for the first time, not only featuring former NFL players, but also all the sideshows associated with the sport.
A coin-toss ceremony, two-minute-warnings, referee Stan Kemp announcing penalties over the stadium's speaker-system - one offside he called by the German word, Abseits - and cheerleaders keeping the spectators in good spirit are all unknown in the local number one sport, soccer.
Spectators danced in the stands to rock songs played during time-outs and the halftime performance of American show band Up With People.
The 10-team league featuring teams from the United States, Canada, Spain, Britain and Germany had been set up with the backing of the NFL to globalize the game.