LIVESTREAM GERMANY: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns @ Marburg Mercenaries, August 22, 16:00 CET (4 pm, 10 am ET)

The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (7-0) will travel to Marburg to take on the Mercenaries (2-5) in a German Football League matchup that is one of five games on AFI.tv today.

The Unicorns look to take their undefeated record on the road and continue their dominance. Defending their home turf, the Mercenaries would like to finish their last three games on a high note as they look to rebuild toward 2022.

The Marburg Mercenaries offense was shut out last game as they struggled to move the ball against the Munich Cowboys. German quarterback Sonny Weishaupt is determined to respond and finish the season strong as Marburg approaches its final stretch of the regular season. Expect Weishaupt to target receiver Aaron Seward along with running back Marcus Cox. Cox is a key player to watch in this one. The former Appalachian State (NCAA D1) running back has excelled in Germany rushing for 107 yards per game.  However, Cox did not play in the Mercenaries last game two weeks ago as he’s battled various injuries throughout the season. If Cox remains sidelined expect German tailback Melvin Detroy to take his place in the lineup.

Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns @ Marburg Mercenaries, August 22, 16:00 CET (4 pm, 10 am ET)

Mercenaries’ defensive lineman Nico Koch anchors the trenches for Marburg. Behind Koch, Robert Heyward is Marburg’s leading tackler making nearly nine stops per game, good for fourth in the league. The Marburg secondary features Italian and Stony Brook (NCAA D1 FCS) products, Allesandro Fantin and Marvin Hart. Expect Hart to impact the game with his elite speed on defense and special teams today.

Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns travel to Marburg this week after an ugly win last week over the Allgäu Comets 31-22. The Unicorn’s offense was sloppy as penalties and bad snaps slowed down a typically efficient and exciting unit to watch. Unicorns fans can expect quarterback Alex Haupert to step into his leadership role and get the Unicorns on the same page. Haupert’s weapons feature a no shortage of talent as veteran Tyler Rutenbeck, young Austrian Yannick Mayr, and former NFL tight end Moritz Böhringer give the homegrown passer plenty of talent to work with. In the running game, former CFL and XFL running back John Santiago has returned from injury. In two games since coming back, Santiago has put up 88 yards and three touchdowns showing no minimal rust.

The Unicorn’s defense was key last week as one of Europe’s best teams narrowly avoided being upset. The Schwäbisch Hall secondary was able to force three interceptions. This Unicorns defensive backfield has proven itself to be one of the country’s best units making 16 interceptions this season. Look for Monteze Latimore and Cody Pastorino to be tackling and covering Marburg’s receivers for four quarters today. At the line of scrimmage, defensive ends Corey Chapman and Adrian Fielder will look to get the quarterback as disrupt this Marburg passing game.

The Mercenaries enter this game with a number of injuries. The adversity will make things tough as they face a Unicorns’ team looking to make another run at the title. The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns will be aiming to finish the regular season undefeated and set their course for the German Bowl once again.

Watch the game live here: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns @ Marburg Mercenaries, August 22, 16:00 CET (4 pm, 10 am ET)

Marburg Mercenaries roster

Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns 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