NightWatch Nation, I'm sorry to report that you won't have the good fortune to watch your favorite team over the weekend. Nashville has its first bye this week. But, that does not mean your craving for AUDL South ultimate will go without. We've got your fix with a full slate of games this Saturday, and you can get your fix here for all the scores and highlights you need. Don't worry, Nashville will be back in action with a game at Jacksonville on Saturday, 4/16, and another at Atlanta Sunday, 4/17. See you there.
Saturday, April 9
Charlotte Express @ Atlanta Hustle 7 PM:
This past week the Express showed they can hang with the big boys, parlaying a 16-9 2nd half deficit to Raleigh into an 18-17 game late. They ended up losing 23-18, but have flashed an improved roster and a new defensive standout in Jakeem Polk, a cornerback-turned-ultimate-player. With Micah Hood (5 Assists) and Shane Sisco (5 Goals, 2 Assists) leading the way on offense, they can really test a stout Atlanta D this weekend.
Speaking of that stout D, did you see JP Burns’ Callahan last week? NightWatch fans are probably still cringing. The Hustle display an all-around game, highlighted by 17 different players scoring goals last weekend in a 26-16 win over Nashville.
Jacksonville Cannons @ Raleigh Flyers 7 PM:
Jacksonville got the first weekend off, meaning they could have some rust to shed coming into this rematch of last year’s division title game. How will the goal machine Mischa Freystatter (55 Goals, 33 Assists) follow up on an outstanding 2015?’
Outstanding 2015? Really? The Flyers had one of those as well and return the core of the team that represented the South in the playoffs last year. With Noah Saul sporting a +11 rating in Week 1 (6 Assists, 1 Goal, 6 D), and Justin Allen scoring goals (4 in Week 1), Raleigh looks to be good yet again. They did let a less-talented Charlotte team back in the game late last week with an 8-2 Express run in the 2nd half, but was that more of a concentration issue or a sign of weakness?
Dallas Roughnecks @ Austin Sol 7:30 PM
Boy, did this go badly for Austin in Week 1. Round 2 of the Texas Tango can go a long way toward showing that the Sol belong with one of the most talented ultimate rosters we’ve seen, maybe ever. Austin is led by Jerrod Wolfe (5 Goals) and Andrew Walch (3 Assists, 3 Goals) who have shown they belong on this stage. The question is what kind of rebound performance can Austin put up after that 30-18 shellacking at the hands of the Roughnecks.
But, when Dallas’ reserves throw up highlights like this, the rest of the league is put on notice. Matt Jackson put up a total of 3 D’s during last week’s dominant performance and Cassidy Rasmussen and Beau Kittredge did what everyone expected: put up a lot of points. Dallas appears as good as advertised, especially if it’s less heralded players put in work like they did Week 1.