Football is back in Bydgoszcz, Poland this Saturday, October 3 as the Bydgoszcz Archers will host the Silesia Rebels. Both teams are looking to bounce back after blowout losses last week. In this short season every game matters that much more. The Archers go into this game with a 1-1 record while the Rebels enter with a record of 0-3.
The visiting Rebels are looking to get their first win of the season Saturday against an evenly matched Archers squad. The Rebels offense has been impressive at times this season. Led by British quarterback Ashely Bailey and athlete Devion Young, the Rebels offense has created some magic on the field. Bailey’s athletic style of play has been fun to watch as he has been able to extend plays with his feet and take off or find a receiver downfield. Look for him and the Rebels to improve as the offense spends more and more time together. Bailey on the matchup with the Archers:
“We have playoff aspirations and so do they. It’s do or die right now. I’m ticked that we are even in this situation, as I feel we matched up more favourably last week than our scoreline against Falcons showed.”
Defensively the Rebels have not looked good. They have given up an average of 45 points a game so far. If they want to be in the playoffs this season they will need to be able to bottle up the athletes running around the LFA this year.
The Archers go into this game after a lopsided loss to the Bialystok Lowlanders losing 49-24. However, French running back Meril Zero showed off his amazing speed by taking the opening kickoff to the house for the Archers. Zero played last season for the New Yorker Lions in the German Football League. He is one of the most explosive players in the LFA this year and will be looking to break free often against a Rebels defense that has struggled so far this season.
Defensively, the Archers added British linebacker Kadel King, who is fresh off of a championship in Finland with the Kuopio Steelers and is looking to carry the Archers into the playoffs. Look for the matchup of King against the Rebels athletic quarterback Ashley Bailey to be a key for the game. The winner of that matchup might leave the field with a W. King on the rebels game:
“We have great imports on offense in Meril and Dustin, and on defense we have a solid core of polish players. As long as we are all on the same page going into the game I believe we will be successful.”
Look for this to be a high scoring game as both defenses have struggled at points this year. This Archers versus Rebels matchup has big implications in this year’s shortened season. Look for both teams to be playing with a ton of passion and energy on Saturday.
Watch the game live here. Silesia Rebels @ Bydgoszcz Archers, Oct. 3, 15:30 CET (09:30 ET)
Bydgoszcz Archers Roster (Click image to enlarge)
Silesia Rebels Roster