As a long 2016 season reaches it’s final point on the timeline for many teams, the bottom of the Western Conference is hardly settled.
Vancouver battled to come away with their first win of 2016 against the Dogfish on May 21 in a double overtime thriller. It was their first victory with a new front office, coaching staff, and young roster.
Week 11 is another opportunity for the Nighthawks to take a huge step forward as a team. Playing on the road at San Francisco is challenging because of the travel involved. Their last trip to Yellowjacket stadium resulted in a 21-12 loss in Week 1 of the season.
A win for either teams seals a third place finish in the conference and avoids having the worst record in the MLU in 2016. The Nighthawks are facing a Dogfish team that has lost an MLU record eight games in a row since their Week 1 meeting.
Both team’s injury reports list a handful of key players as out in Week 11.
San Francisco has several players listed as doubtful including James Sheridan who missed Week 10 games against the Stags and Rainmakers as well.
The Dogfish had promising moments in both of their Week 10 losses. They held a six point lead over the Rainmakers at halftime before squandering it and getting broken time after time in the third quarter, going on to lose 22-18. Veteran players like Gabe Saunkeah, Taylor Cascino, and Devon Williams came on strong in Week 10 after having up and down years in 2016.
Head Coach Patrick Gatien and the Nighthawks, coming off of a bye in Week 10, have had a lot of time to gameplan to face the Dogfish for a third time. Capitalizing on San Francisco’s inevitable unforced errors will undoubtedly be a top priority. This season, Vancouver’s DSE is a full 10 points lower than San Francisco’s at just 19.2 percent. The key for them all season has been converting on their opponent’s turnovers as a way to balance their lower than average scoring efficiency on offense and that will once again ring true in Week 11.
Opening pull it set for 3 PM PT at Yellowjacket Stadium in Berkeley, Ca. and will also be streamed on MLU Live.