Jeff Graham threw three touchdown passes as the previously winless New York-New Jersey Knights routed the Montreal Machine 44-0 Saturday in the WLAF before an Olympic Stadium crowd of 34,821.
Graham connected with Kip Lewis, Lonnie Turner and Eric Wilkerson. Lewis caught a second touchdown from Todd Hammel, who alternated at quarterback with Graham in the second half.Graham, who had been sacked 25 times and had not thrown a touchdown pass in the Knights' first three games, masterfully conducted the run-and-shoot offense. He led the Knights to a 34-0 halftime lead.
Knights linebacker Ron Sancho set the tone four minutes into the game, when he blocked a punt by Montreal's Chris Mohr at the Machine goal line. The ball flew into the air and into the waiting arms of Sancho in the end zone for a touchdown.
While Machine quarterback Kevin Sweeney was continually pressured by the blitzing Knights, resulting in four first-half sacks and minus 11 yards of total offense, Graham was 14-for-23 and 316 yards in the first half.
Montreal fell to 2-2.
Surge 16, Galaxy 10
At Sacramento, Calif., Mike Elkins sent Sacramento ahead with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Carl Parker late in the first period, and the Surge went on to beat the Frankfurt Galaxy.
It was the first time in the month-old World League of American Football that a United States-based team had beaten one of the three European clubs. The Europe-based teams won the first eight games against American teams.
Sacramento (2-2) went ahead 13-7 on Parker's scoring catch, which capped a drive that began after Tom Gerhart intercepted a pass by Mike Perez of Frankfurt (2-2). The Surge added to the lead in the second quarter on Mike Trainor's 46-yard field goal.
Frankfurt's Stephan Maslo kicked a 31-yard field goal late in the fourth period. The Galaxy threatened in the closing seconds, driving to the Sacramento 31-yard line, but two Perez passes into the end zone were incomplete.
Frankfurt scored the game's first touchdown.