Former Duke Quarterback Helps Win the 2017 NEFL Championship

Former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette led the Helsinki Roosters to their first Northern European Football League (NEFL) championship last month as the squad defeated the Carlstad Crusaders 21-15 in overtime.

Down 15-0 at the half, Connette led the comeback, finishing the game competing 18-of-39 passes for 219 yards, 30 rushing yards and all three Rooster touchdowns.

Connette and the Roosters cut the deficit to 15-7 on the opening drive of the second half as Connette scored on a three-yard touchdown rush.

It was Connette again helping the Roosters as he completed a 54-yard pass to Alexander Wasiljeff and scored another TD on the ensuing play to cut the deficit to 15-13 before punching in the two-point conversion for the tie.

After the Crusaders missed a 31-yard field goal in overtime, Connette connected with a Tim Thomas for a 22-yard gain and rushed for the game-winning touchdown on the next play.

The Roosters went undefeated in NEFL action and topped Sweden's Uppsala 86ers twice to advance to the final.