LIVESTREAM: Germany – Stuttgart Scorpions @Ingolstadt Dukes, August 18, 7:30p (1:30p ET)

The Ingolstadt Dukes (3-7-1) will play host to the Stuttgart Scorpions (1-9) August 18 in German Football League action at ESV Stadion in Ingolstadt.

These two teams faced each other on the opening weekend of play in the GFL South with the Dukes earning the win, 37-10.

Since then Ingolstadt has won only two more games and tied one. Stuttgart finally recorded their first win of the season in the last game before the four week break  over a month ago, beating the Kirchdorf Wilcats decisively, 35-14.

Ingolstadt  lost to the league-leading Schwabisch Hall Unicorns 44-13 last week in their second game back following the four week break in the German Football League. They had snapped a three-game losing streak the week before, beating the Kirchdorf Wildcats 21-9. Nelson Hughes III threw for 237 yards and a touchdown in that game.

Hughes is  averaging 210.2 yards a game, good for 7th overall in the GFL. He has thrown 25 touchdown passes in 11 games. His favorite targets are Anthony Mella, who has  caught 43 passes for 768 and 12 touchdowns, and Jan Hoschild who has 27 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns,  and Belgian receiver Robin De Ruyter with 36 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns. Jakob Wenzel leads the team in rushing with 321 yards.

Linebackers Patrick Engelhardt and Cory Magwood are the top tacklers for the Dukes and defensive back Sterry Codrington is a key in the secondary and along with 56 tackles has recorded three interceptions. Codrington also handles kickoff and punt return duties for the Dukes

The Scorpions offense which had been weak, has improved under new quarterback Michael Eubank, their third quarterback of the season.  Despite the loss two weeks ago to Munich in which he threw for 159 yards and a touchdown, he has been steady.  In the win against the Wildcats, Eubank threw for 191 yards and five touchdowns.

Stuttgart had started the year with Frank Brock and after his departure Rick Webster stepped in. Eubank took over six games ago and has thrown for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 188 yards passing a game. In a close 30-27 loss to Marburg, in June,  he completed 17 of 24 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns. His leading receiver is Richard Samuel while running back Giacomo De Pauli, who is also a German national team running back, has rushed for 564 yards, or 63 yards a game.

Although Stuttgart has nothing to play for other than pride, they could be a dangerous opponent for the Dukes who still have a mathematical chance to make the playoffs.

Watch the game live here. Stuttgart Scorpions @Ingolstadt Dukes, August 18, 7:30p (1:30p ET)

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