NASHVILLE VERSION 2.0 ARE SLIGHT FAVORITES HEADING INTO OMAHA FOR A BATTLE OF THE HEARTLAND
This season the Nashville Knights are a completely different group of athletes compared to their inaugural season a year ago. Last year’s roster featured some of the best athletes in the game, future Hall-of-Famers, and a handful of All-Fantasy players. KK Matheny, Jade Randle, Stevi Schnoor, Dominique Malloy, and other veterans were all fly-by-night athletes for Nashville and had zero loyalty to the franchise or their ownership.
After gutting Seattle to compete in the East in search of a Championship which proved to not work out for the group of veterans, those same athletes decimated the Knights, the same way they did the Mist a year prior. Bandits, marauders, pirates…however you want to coin this group of athletes, one thing is certain- they are some of the best athletes to play in this league.
Nashville version 2.0 is very unknown at this point. The Knight’s head coach Yuir Howard noted “We really don’t have anybody you would know. We have a rookie team unproven and hungry to show what they can do.” Some of the notable athletes for Nashville are quarterback Molly Richardson, Netta Carter, and Austina Mellberg.
Nashville has been quiet this off-season on social media and their focus has been improvement and preparation.
This Week 7 contest between the Omaha Heart (0-1) and Nashville Knights (0-0) should be a competitive game. Omaha is fairly inexperienced in key positions, but are bolstered with some veteran players (none of which are standout athletes in the league) but they do bring game time experience to this roster.
Omaha’s key bright spot is rookie quarterback Lauren Crouch and wide-receiver Ana Garza. In order for Omaha to defeat a more athletic Nashville team, their defensive line and linebacker Jacqueline Good needs to play much better than they did against Seattle in their first game this year.
Will Nashville prove they are able to rebuild successfully with rookie talent or does Omaha’s Lauren Crouch and Company get their first victory of 2019?
ARENA: Ralston Arena – Ralston, NE
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Molly Richardson, Netta Carter, Austina Mellberg
Lauren Crouch, Ana Garza, Laura Grub
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
– Lauren Crouch passing attack
– Ana Garza matching up against young, athletic Nashville secondary
– Battle in the trenches between two closely matched fronts
ALL TIME HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: 1-0 Nashville
INJURIES: Jacqueline Good – Upper Body – Probable
Metay Vinson – Lower Body – Probable