The 1-0 Uppsala 86ers head to Stockholm’s Zinkensdamm field Friday night to face the Stockholm Mean Machines (1-1) in the third edition of Friday Night Football in Sweden in 2018.
Uppsala started their 2018 season with a big win over last year’s championship finalists, the Örebro Black Knights, beating them 26-12.
Theses two teams faced each other twice in 2017 with Stockholm coming out on top in both encounters, 48-13 and 31-28.
Mean Machines quarterback, Anders Hermodsson, who has won four Swedish titles with the Crusaders, threw for 142 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Carlstad and rushed for another touchdown giving him a total of 292 yards and three touchdowns passing to go along with three rushing touchdowns. Matthew Retzlaff has two touchdown receptions so far this season and 169 yards receiving while teammate Daniel Scanella has 105 yards receiving. Running back Emil Knutsson has rushed for 188 yards in two games and two touchdowns.
Uppsala quarterback John Rock completed 19 of 31 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns against the Black Knights with Isac Vikman, Natti Habte, Stefan Galewski and Gustav Bowall all catching one. Another dangerous receiver for Stockholm to worry about is Mattias Gauthier who had six catches for 40 yards. Australian linemen Jackson Broe and Brendan Oswin have helped bolster both the offensive and defensive lines along with Iceland’s Vidar Önundarson. Galewski is a big target. The 6’3″, 230 lb tight end from San Jose State is a sleeper and the Mean Machines need to keep him under control.
Defensively, the return of defensive lineman Filip Palmqvist from a season in Germany with the Berlin Adler has been important along with the addition of hard-nosed defensive back Jamal Hussein to the secondary.
Kickoff is 7:00 pm (1p EST) and the game is being broadcast live on CMore in Sweden (PPV) and shown in a tape delay at 10:20 pm on TV4.
Watch the game live (Pay per View) by clicking here. The broadcast is “semi geo-restricted”. A Swedish credit/bank card is necessary. Click on the button that says “Standard Sport”. Then fill in your email address, name and password and click Skapa konto, Open account. Add your credit card number. You can choose two weeks for free “Prova 2 veckor gratis” or you can choose to watch a single game. The game costs 99 Swedish kronor, or about $11 while a subscription is 199 kronor per month.