LIVESTREAM FINLAND AFI tv: Kotka Eagles @ UNC Crusaders, July 8th, 17:30 CET (5:30 pm, 11:30 ET)

In this Friday night football matchup in Finland’s Maple League, the winless Kotka Eagles will travel to Lohja to take on the equally struggling UNC Crusaders.

Both teams are desperate for a win this year as their young rosters still have much development ahead of them. Coaches, players, and fans are excited as one of these teams will earn its first victory of the season.

It’s been a long and frustrating season for UNC to this point, however, they showed some signs of life last week. The Crusaders lost 48-28 but quarterback Shay Netter was able to throw three touchdown passes. The 28-point outing was by far their best of the season.

Kotka Eagles @ UNC Crusaders, July 8th, 17:30 CET (5:30 pm, 11:30 ET)

This young team hopes to improve its inexperienced talent and come back to be more competitive in 2022. Two exciting players to watch on this team are brother Miles and Nolan Corpening. Miles led the way defensively making 14.5 tackles and scoring on a fumble recovery last week. While Nolan hauled in four passes for 42 yards on offense. 

Kotka also played their best game last week in a tough loss to the Butchers. In that game, 48-year-old Nesi Carpelan suited up filling in for the Eagles two injured quarterbacks. The Finnish legend threw for 163 yards and a touchdown but was unable to will his team for a victory. The quarterback spot is again uncertain this week as Carpelan has made it clear he will not suit up again. Expect running back Yusuf Lehtinen and receiver Peter Anderson to get the ball early and often.

Watch the game live here. Kotka Eagles @ UNC Crusaders, July 8th, 17:30 CET (5:30 pm, 11:30 ET)


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