The defending champion Valencia Firebats take on the Badalona Dracs in Spanish top league action today.
Valencia Firebats (2-0) – Badalona Dracs (2-0)
Both teams enter this game undefeated. The Firebats blanked their crosstown rivals the Valencia Giants 16-0 in the first week of action and then hung on to defeat a tough Barbera Rookies squad 32-26 two weeks ago. The 2014 champion Badalona Dracs have showed no mercy in their two outings. They embarrassed the Reus Imperials 62-18 in their opening game. Then they thrashed the Valencia Giants two weeks ago 53-0.
Valencia quarterback Thomas Murphy was instrumental in the last minute win over Barbera throwing three touchdown passes giving him five on the season so far. Badalona quarterback Mike Box has had a spectacular start to the season with eight touchdown passes.
The Firebats defense will have to find a way to slow down Badalona head coach Oscar Calatayud’s potent offense. With running backs Robbie Jackson and Drew Clausen, and Box finding receivers like Joan Carles Bartra and Javier Fernandez, Valencia’s defense will have its hands full.
Neverthless. the Firebats have a dangerous offense themselves. Murphy has excellent targets like Josh Helmkamp and Alejandro Silvestre. At running back Hector Pertegaz is a key.