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Credit Judy Stapleton

Credit Judy Stapleton

Hustle over NightWatch 26-16 in Home Opener

Playing at home is always exciting, but each season's home opener is special. There is a unique energy in the air around the teams. Players are amped up to put on their pristine new jerseys, to walk out of the tunnel and to hear the crowd as they are announced. Fans are buzzing about how good the teams could be, eager for that first big play to get them off their seats. 

With a new season, anything is possible. Every team has an equal chance to be a champion. It is up to them to become their potential.

New coach Ryan Balch had his NightWatch believing from the minute they stepped off the bus. The NightWatch handled windy conditions in Grady Stadium well and capitalized on Hustle miscues to rattle off 4 breaks in the first quarter  They lead 6-3 at the first buzzer. 

The teams traded the first 8 possessions of the 2nd quarter, 10-7 Nightwatch. That's when the Hustle defense made their first counterattack. Allan Laviolette hit Nathan Vickroy for a big gainer to set up their 1st break.  Sun Choi gave the Hustle a second chance with this sneaky block. Coach Swanson called a timeout to sub the offense in and they executed in the redzone to make it back-to-back breaks cutting the deficit to 1. That's where it would stay going into halftime, NightWatch 11 - Hustle 10. 

Starting on O in the second half the Hustle tied it up at 11s when Max Leonard fired a strike to an open Trenton Spinks. The Watch O stayed out front putting the pressure back on the Hustle O line to keep pace. In danger of falling behind again JP Burns delivered the Spin Ultimate Play of the Game, a callahan to tie it up at 12s.