If you like football on Easter you will love the SWARCO RAIDERS schedule. The sister-team of The Oakland Raiders plays two games this weekend. On Saturday the Tyroleans go on the road to face the Danube Dragons in the Austrian Football League (AFL). Kickoff is at 6:00 a.m. PT (3:00 p.m. CET). On Easter Sunday the SWARCO RAIDERS host the Stuttgart Scorpions in the first of four BATTLE4TIROL matchups. Kickoff is at 9:00 a.m. PT (6:00 p.m. CET).
All BATTLE4TIROL games can be watched live on raidersTV. Coverage starts on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. PT on www.raidersTV.at.
"This will be a very challenging weekend for us", knows SWARCO RAIDERS head coach Shuan Fatah. "We a thrilled to play those two games. First we want to show the Dragons what we're really made of. Then we're excited to play Stuttgart."
While the SWARCO RAIDERS will rely heavily on their national players on Saturday, Sunday is the time for the imports to finally show their skills. The goal on both occasions is the same though: win the game.
First of is the game against the Dragons. They finished the 2014 season with a 4-4 record before losing 34-0 in the semifinals to the SWARCO RAIDERS. To close the gap to the league's better teams the Dragons start from scratch – at least on offense.
Only two starters from last season remain. The team is led by QB Alex Good, who played for Graz in 2013. On defense head coach Ivan Zivko believes in the group he coached last season.
The SWARCO RAIDERS started the season with a 26-21 loss at the Vienna Vikings. The Tyroleans had a hard time replacing players such as QB John van den Raadt, RB Andreas Hofbauer, WR Julian Ebner, WR Damaso Tarneller, RB Lukas Miribung, DB Arno Andreas and DL Manuel Jovic.
The SWARCO RAIDERS and the Dragons played each other 18 times. 16 times the Tyroleans won. They also won nine games in a row against the team from Vienna. The only two losses happened in 2010.
Since 2011 the Tyroleans scored an average of 34.8 points per game and allowed only 11 points per contest against the Dragons. Only one of the 16 victories was a single-digit win (35-27 in 2012).
On Sunday the Tyroleans play against Stuttgart. It is the very first matchup between these two. The Scorpions play in the German Football League. They finished the 2014 season tied for first place in the GFL South Division. Scorpions head coach Jemil Hamiko is excited to play the SWARCO RAIDERS in their season-opener: "Our goal is to be one of the top teams in Germany and in Europe. What better way to get their than to play one of the best teams in Europe".
#25 David Oku (Running Back, SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol): David Oku played for Arkansas State from 2011-2013. In two seasons he had 385 rushes for 1,572 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown. In 2011 he redshirted after transferring from Tennessee. From 2009-2010 Oku gained 268 yards on 65 carries. He also scored 3 touchdowns and caught 9 passes for 92 yards. He had 49 kickoff returns for 1,175 yards.
#4 Talib Wise (Defensive Back, SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol): From 2011-2013 Talib Wise played for the SWARCO RAIDERS. In 2014 he went back to the team he played for in 2010; the Berlin Adler. Last season Wise played in nine GFL games and had 33 rushes for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. He caught 35 passes for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns, 5 punt returns for 46 yards, 6 kickoff returns for 118 yards and 4 tackles (one solo) with one tackle for loss.
#83 Christian Willi (Wide Receiver, SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol): In the 2015 season opener Christian Willi led the SWARCO RAIDERS with 5 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Last season he had 16 catches for 164 yards.