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SCOTTISH CLAYMORES running-back Ken Simonton last night admitted his record- breaking feats will count for nothing this season unless his side goes all the way to the World Bowl Final.

The Claymores will be gunning for revenge in the Waldstadion in week six of the NFL Europe League when Simonton bids for a chunk of Frankfurt Galaxy tomorrow.

Simonton set a Claymores record last weekend when he claimed a phenomenal total of 271 rushing yards against Barcelona Dragons, breaking the previous record of 265 set by receiver Donald Sellars at Frankfurt in May 1999.

His total yardage was the second highest in the history of the NFL Europe League behind Curtis Alexander of Frankfurt Galaxy who managed 279 at Barcelona last season.

He was also within three yards of becoming the first player to claim 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.

It was a great display which earned him his second MVP award of the season.

But the Claymores still lost 17-10 to go 2-3 for the season and Simonton, who claimed a record with four touchdowns in the opener with Berlin Thunder, knows his feats will count for nothing if the Scots don't take a bite out of Galaxy.

He said: "Setting records and coming close to achieving records is a good feeling but losing is not a great feeling.

"It would be a great feeling only if we won.

"It was pretty frustrating last Sunday being just nine yards short of a new league record but none of that would have mattered if we had won the game.

"You would be an idiot to tell everyone about the things you are doing when the team isn't winning, so I'm not exactly jumping up and down.

"The only really joyous time for me will be when we get victories together as a team.

"This is not the time for looking back and assessing the first half of the season, it's the time to stay focused and take what the coaches think we can do better and put it into practice against Frankfurt.

"If we win the next couple of games we can look and say what a good season we're having but not just now."

Galaxy came to Glasgow last month and won 17-13 and are on a four-game winning streak which the Claymores must snap.

Simonton added: "We're out-doing other teams in terms of mistakes being made and key mistakes at the wrong times are costing us.

"It's tough when we're putting 13-play drives together and then not scoring because of one mistake.

"Some of the guys have been feeling a bit homesick but there's nothing better than a win to put a smile back on the faces. The Galaxy are a really physical team and it's going to be a dogfight but we can give any team a game."

Claymores head coach Gene Dahlquist is still smarting from the Galaxy defeat which came seven days after a record-breaking 62-31 win against Berlin Thunder.

He said: "There's no doubt we're capable of performing better on both sides of the ball than we did in the first Frankfurt game.

"There's a lot of football still to be played because this league is so competitive. We could be 4-1 rather than 2-3 as there's not a whole lot of difference."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 9, 2003
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