Dusseldworf, Dermany: Just weeks following the untimely death of Star Troll Slayer Dirk Diggler, rookie replacement Troll Slayer Rokk Harders is already showing that he has the goods to become a Steel Dragons Troll Slayer. Scoring 2 touchdowns in last night's 3-0 victory versus the Lucky Charms, the rookie emerged from the game showing the same ball handling skills as Troll Slayer veteran Chest Rockwell. In the post game interview immediately after the game, the young Dwarf had this to add:
"There has been a great history with this team of Troll Slayers stepping up into the play and moving the ball. This was started with Chest, continued with Dirk, and I hope to continue this on my time with the Steel Dragons. I was lucky that our blockers were able to create a lot of room out there early on vs. the Charms, and with a lot less pressure on the ball it allowed the coaching staff to elect myself to start moving the football. 2 Touchdowns in my second game is just an incredible feeling, and by games end I felt as comfortable moving the ball and dodging as any of the Runners or Blitzers on this team."
"I still have a lot of work on with regards to my physical play that Chest and members of the coaching staff have been working on with me, stuff like coverage and laying into my blocks, but I hope to get that sorted out before the Thunderbowl play-offs. Right now I'm just happy to have the opportunity to play for this club and hope to keep contributing to their success."
Last night's game also marks Steel Dragons 28th TBL victory - making it the most successful Dwarf team so far in Thunderbowl history. When asked about the land mark Steel Dragons' Head Coach General Jason had this to say:
"Frankly I didn't even notice. I knew we were close in wins to the Short and the Restless, and provided we progressed this season we might surpass it, but my focus has been on the development of this squad and getting these boys deep into the Thunderbowl play-offs. The core of our team has always been the strength and depth of our Blockers, and as Season 26 comes into the latter stages these Blockers have gotten even better. I'm very happy with our scotuing department and our player development."
"Losing Dirk Diggler vs. the Rasslers hurt, just like losing Brokk Landers hurt when he fell in the Thunderbowl play-offs, but again applause has to go out to Steel Dragons scouts and development. We never had a doubt to Rokk Harders development as a Blitzer, but for him to already have developed into a competent ball handler 2 games after Dirk falling... what more can a coach ask for? There were a lot of questions thrown around as to who would fill the void left by Dirk, and Rokk has already responded and stepped up into that position."
Despite firing fan favourite Deathroller Truckapiller before Opening Day of the season, and despite losing veteran Troll Slayer Dirk Diggler mid way through, the Dragons are now rated closely to what they were at the start when they had the costly Secret Weapon on their roster. As they enter the closing rounds of the regular season veteran Stuntie Sports analysts can only wonder if this will be the Dwarf team to take home a Thunderbowl victory this year. Don Cherrybomb had this to say about the Dragon fans' hopes of a Thunderbowl victory in 26:
"Definitely the deepest roster Dusseldworf has produced with these Dragons. Strong team play, hard hitting, and 6 members of the squad moving the ball confidently has to be their strongest asset. That said, still anybody's game. Rottin Ass Rasslers has a great game against the Steel this year, and we all know Y2J and HBK can change any game one way or the other. The 40 Grinders still have a great team, as do the Infectious Ratpack, Rat Bastards and the Plainsmen. Powerbowl Champions the Death Eaters Rejoice are a force to be reckoned with. The surprise this year has been the success of the Dentaurs so it'll be interesting to see what happens when the Dragons play them in the last game of the season. But as far as play-offs, with all the teams mentioned and not including the Chicklets, the Jailblazers, the Intent... going to be a nasty bit of blood going on in January so it's still hard to pick a winner."