ELF: Stuttgart Surge travel to Poland to take on Wroclaw Panthers

The winless Stuttgart Surge will travel to Poland on Sunday to take on the Wroclaw Panthers in what looks to be the team’s best chance at victory.

The Surge have had a tough year and a half in the European League of Football (ELF). They have lost every single game they have played in to go a dismal 0-16. 

Many of Stuttgart’s games have gone down to the wire and could have easily gone in another direction, but the fact remains that they are winless in the ELF. This may all change on Sunday however.

The Surge had their first 2022 meeting with the Panthers during week 1. Despite outperforming the Panthers in almost every category, they were unable to turn key opportunities into points and ended up losing 28-25.

Since that initial game, both the Panthers and the Surge have had a change at quarterback. The Panthers replaced Justice Hansen with Slade Jarman while the Surge brought in Dante Vandeven in place of Randall Schroeder.

Both signal callers have made their presence felt across the league in a short time. But it has been Vandeven who has had the biggest impact. In two weeks, he has amassed 611 yards through the air and 136 yards with his legs.

This level of offensive production should be praised but outdoing your opponent in yardage in two consecutive weeks but still getting outscored 54-42 should not.

Based on past performances, the two sides appear to be trending in opposite directions. If the Surge can capitalize on the Panthers generous defense and turn opportunities into scores, they will likely walk with their first ever win.

Daniel Mackenzie is a Press Association graduate who works in journalism and communications in the third sector. Daniel began playing football for the London Warriors and Team Great Britain and has since played across Europe.