The game to watch this week in Sweden!The Carlstad Crusaders, defending Swedish champions, will face a tough test this evening as they take on their Swedish final opponent from last year, the Orebro Black Knights. The last time these two teams met, the Crusaders prevailed handily, but tonight’s game promises to be as even as possible. There is plenty at stake.
LIVE STREAM: Örebro Black Knights v. Carlstad Crusaders
Carlstad has beaten the Black Knights every time they have played them stretching back to 1999. Orebro’s players are well aware of this. They have a solid team with great coaching, and outstanding special teams. Head coach Mike Caniglia, who came to Orebro from Dakota State, has done an excellent job since joining the club. Quarterback Andrew Shoop from Lafayette leads a potent offense and has a great group to throw to including League MVP John Stahl. On defense, linebacker Mike Hicks (Baylor University) is a true playmaker.
Crusaders’ head coach Matt Adkins from Southern Oregon University, has taken over from his father who coached the team last season. He enters the game with national team quarterback Anders Hermodsson recently returned from the European American Football Championships. In the year’s opening game, Carlstad scored a staggering 72 points. In fact, these two teams have played identical opponents this year and Carlstad has one extra win. The Crusader defense looks to defensive import back Jack Moro (Cloud State) as well as all-star defensive lineman Olof Flemstrom.
Carlstad will be well rested when they step onto the field. They have had 10 days to recuperate since their last game. Orebro, on the other hand, played Sunday (against the very same opponent) and will be taking a two hour bus ride to Karlstad. This promises to be a terrific football game.
The game will be streamed live. Kickoff is 7 p.m. CET, local Swedish time (1 p.m. EST).