The Örebro Black Knights and Carlstad Crusaders will face each other in the Swedish Superserien semifinals this Sunday and it will mark the xx time these two have battled in the semis in xx years.
The two teams met twice during the COVID-19 delayed and shortened season with Carlstad winning the first game 14-6 and Örebro getting their revenge in the second taking it 20-13 and also getting a monkey off their backs. It was their first win over the Crusaders in 20 years.
In the first contest, Farley only played half the game while Sisson was out with an injury. The second game which Örebro won, saw the two quarterbacks go head to head with Sisson throwing for 203 yards and two touchdowns while Farley completed 21 of 31 passes for 182 yards and one score.
Before arriving in Carlstad, Farley, a 6’2″, 210 pound native of Boonton, New Jersey, spent the past two seasons playing for the Solingen Paladins in the German Football League 2nd division, GFL2, throwing for a total of 5,310 yards and 48 touchdowns. Farley missed the first game and the first half of the second game. So over the course of four and a half games during the shortened regular season he threw for 787 yards averaging 175 yards a game.
The 23-year-old Sisson, 6’0″, 220 pound native of Jamestown, New York, who played at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, spent the 2019 season playing in Serbia for the Kragujevac Wild Boars last year, helping the team to win a title. Similar to his counterpart with Carlstad, Sisson missed a game and a half including the first game against the Crusaders. He threw for a total of 516 yards averaging 115 yards a game but had his best performance in the second game against Carlstad.
Neither quarterback has rushed much with Farley running for six yards total on the year and Sisson -16. Interestingly, Farley has been sacked just twice in the four and a half games he has played while Sisson has been brought down behind the line of scrimmage four times.
If there was an edge it would possibly be to Farley as the Carlstad front seven leads the league in sacks by a wide margin recording 21 in six games. They could make life much more difficult for Jake Sisson in this game than the previous one when they did not get to him. The Crusaders otherwise averaged 3.5 sacks a game. Meanwhile, the Carlstad offensive line has allowed their quarterback to be sacked just two times all season although once was against Örebro. Örebro’s quarterbacks have been tackled behind the line of scrimmage nine times.