Devwah Whaley ready to run wild in German Bowl
Bermudian Devwah Whaley featured prominently in the stats as his Germany Football League team, Dresden Monarchs, thrashed Saarland Hurricanes 37-0 in a lopsided semi-final to reach the German Bowl today for only the second time.
The match was dominated on offence by the Monarchs who led in all three categories as Whaley, the former University of Arkansas running back, led all rushers with his 139 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
The Monarchs lead in passing, rushing and receiving among the four semi-final teams as Schwabisch Hall Unicorns beat Potsdam Royals in the other semi-final to set up today’s meeting with the Monarchs.
Monarchs quarterback, KJ Carta-Samuels, was the top passer in the semi-final round by a wide margin as he completed 22 of 29 passes for 260 yards and two TDs, compared with 175 yards thrown by Josh Goldin, the Hurricanes quarterback.
Dresden’s passing attack was also critical in their win, with wide receiver WR Darrell Stewart the prime target of passing leader Carta-Samuels. He held eight catches for 168 yards while Tyler Rutenbeck of the Unicorns was a distant second with his 65 yards receiving and one touchdown.
The Monarchs are through to only their second German Bowl, their last appearance in 2013 resulting in an agonising 35-34 loss to Braunschweig Lions.
Whaley's dreams of playing in the National Football League looked to have been dashed when he was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals in August 2020.
The son of former track athlete Devoe Whaley joined the Bengals as a undrafted free agent in April last year but faced a tough task of breaking into the team’s roster or even practice squad.