LIVESTREAM Austria – SsangYong Danube Dragons @ Swarco Raiders, June 5, 15:00 CET (3 pm, 09:00 am ET)

In one of three Austrian Football League matchups this weekend, the SsangYong Danube Dragons (3-2)  will visit the Swarco Raiders (4-1). A win by Danube puts them in 2nd place in the AFL standings ahead of Swarco as the season heads into the final month.

The Dragons will look to get their offense going like they did two weeks ago, in a 33-7 win against the Rangers. Look for quarterback Chad Jeffries to target receivers Felix Reisacher, Philip Haun, and Samuel Imarhiagbe often. Running back Peter Mattes is also a threat on the ground to be accounted for after running for 115 yards and three touchdowns in their last game. The offense will have to protect the ball against a Raiders defense that emphasizes forcing turnovers. Dragons receiver

SsangYong Danube Dragons @ Swarco Raiders, June 5, 15:00 CET (3 pm, 09:00 am ET)

Reisacher commented on the offense’s potential:

“I honestly feel like the sky is the limit for our offense. Chad has the ability to create plays out of nowhere and always puts the offense in a position to succeed. The O line is young and improving, even though we’ve been hit by the injury bug a little bit. Our skill players are among the very best in Europe. This Saturday will be a great test against a very good and well-coached Raiders defense.”

Defensively pass rusher Bernard Mosor and Florian Albrecht will need to play well in order to slow down quarterback Sean Shelton and an explosive Raiders offense. Look for Leon Heidinger be around the ball all game as he finished his last game with five tackles and a forced fumble.

The Raiders welcome the Dragons with their confidence sky high. Last week they beat the previously undefeated Dacia Vienna Vikings in the Central European Football League 20-13. In that game, Davion Washington stole the show. The former Wingate University (NCAA D2) product was a two-way star for the Raiders rarely leaving the field and even playing special teams. Despite the amount of spans Washington took over late in the game scored the team’s final two touchdowns to seal the home victory. Look for him and an experienced Raiders defense to play well against the Dragons. Washington commented on the key to the Raiders success on defense this year:

“I think the major key to our success is the chemistry that we have built up since camp! We all understand the mission and are willing to go to war with each other in order to accomplish our goal!”

Offensively quarterback Sean Shelton will look to involve budding star Marco Schneider and veteran Adrian Platzgummer in the passing game as this offense looks keep scoring despite missing many key starters.

Fan should expect a close game as the well rest Dragons head into Innsbruck with upset aspirations. For the Raiders they look to keep up their win streak and playoff seed  as the Austrian Football League playoffs are quickly approaching.

Watch the game live here. SsangYong Danube Dragons @ Swarco Raiders, June 5, 15:00 CET (3 pm, 09:00 am ET)

Swarco Raiders roster

Danube Dragons roster

 

 

 

Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football stories from across the globe.