Week 9 Recap

“Put a candle in the window.”

Before their game Sunday, Craig Stewart, captain of the NightWatch, gave the team 3 goals. “He told us that we were going to hold a lead… we were going to score more than 20… and that if we put up 24 points, we were going to win,” cutter Andy Barnhart told the Lantern. Nobody had led against Dallas this year. Nobody had put up more than 20 points on Dallas this year. Nashville led 1-0 on the Roughnecks to start the game, topped the 20-point threshold, but ultimately succumbed 34-23.

“Cause I feel I’ve got to move.”

The Nashville NightWatch (1-8) dropped their 6th straight. It’s been a hard season in Nashville, which rests 2.5 games back of Charlotte for last place in the South division. Whether it’s bad play, bad injuries, bad breaks, or a little bit of all 3, Nashville has been unable to win at home and has managed just the 1 win with 5 games left in the season.

“Though I’m going, going… I’ll be coming home soon.”

Nashville is out of the playoff picture at this point and playing the role of spoiler. There’s still a sense of pride around the NightWatch, though, as the players have maintained a high level of camaraderie and energy in spite of the tough season. Players like Javier Ortiz, Jake Wright, and Player Pierce have continued to lead Nashville with their intensity and spirit on the field, be it Wright’s amazing layout catch Sunday or Ortiz’s toe-to- toe matchup with one of the fastest players in the league, Matt Jackson.

“Long as I can see the light.”

Nashville plays next on June 11 against the Atlanta Hustle. It will be the 3rd meeting between these two teams and Nashville won the last in overtime at Atlanta. The NightWatch have the talent on the roster to match a team like Atlanta, and the average margin of defeat for Nashville against all teams not from the Lone Star State has been merely 4.4. The NightWatch also play Raleigh and Jacksonville once more each and Charlotte twice before the season ends. Wins against either of the former teams could greatly affect the playoff race in the South, where Raleigh is 2nd and Jacksonville tied for 3rd . Sweeping the series against Charlotte, a team Nashville lost to by 2 on May 7th , would give the NightWatch a great chance at climbing out of last place in the South. There’s still plenty of intrigue and hope to look for in this season.

Just keep looking, that’s the only way you can see the light.