Game 6: Aviators at Cascades
The Los Angeles Aviators travel to Seattle this weekend to take on their Western Division rivals, the Cascades. Los Angeles enters the matchup with a 2-3 record and sitting in 4th place in the division. Seattle is 6-3 and in 2nd place.
In the first meeting of these two teams this season, an exhausted, under-manned Seattle roster managed their composure well enough to force 31 turnovers by the Aviators to earn a 26-17 victory in Los Angeles.
In this rematch, and the second of three games between both teams this season, Los Angeles will try to continue the momentum of their last game to challenge the talented Cascade squad. In San Diego last week, the Aviators put together probably the most complete game the franchise has experienced in their two years in the league. The overall effort resulted in a 26-18 victory over the Growlers.
Los Angeles will have to attempt the upset without several key players. Defensive stopper Simon Evans will be missing his second game in a row, while offensive line starters and key contributors Eli Friedman, Allen Lai, and Eric Lissner are also unavailable. Making up for those absences will be the returns of Zac Schanker, Steven Brooks, Mitchell Steiner, and Greg Husak. Additionally, Adam Bronstein joins the roster for his Aviators debut. He will be wearing number 33 for this game, but will don 44 for the rest of the season.
Seattle looks to continue some spectacular momentum of their own. After a surprising 1-3 record to start the season, the Cascades have reeled off five victories in a row. Two of those were convincing victories over San Diego, and the two most recent were over the talented San Jose Spiders.
First pull is set for 6:00 pm PT on Saturday evening, at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. Those in attendance will be treated to a halftime show from local band Crockett King. Tickets available online and at the box office.
by Jacob Baumer
Aviators Beat Writer & Correspondent