In their first afternoon home game at Westwood High School, the Sol convincingly defeated the Nightwatch 31 – 11.
The crowd did a great job filling up the smaller stadium and keeping the energy high all game. This had the feel of the first game of summer, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees and Austin’s Pizza and Flavorlicious Shave Ice snow cones filling the stands. Kids bounced in the inflatable castle, adults played Sol bingo with the near constant scoring and the crowd stayed till the end for high fives and autographs. Of particular note were supporters of Elliott Moore, Austin High Senior playing in his first Sol game.
Early on, both teams struggled to adjust their play with the wind conditions as passes were overthrown and slowed down for easy deflections. After a slow start, the Nightwatch took a 4-3 lead midway through the first quarter with back and forth scoring from both teams. After that, the Sol found their wind legs and never looked back, quickly going on a 4 – 0 run after several impressive hucks and defensive plays. To end the first quarter, the Sol threw a deep pass in the end zone that was batted down, but was caught off the deflection to secure a 7 – 4 lead.
In the second quarter, the Sol took over the game which included a Callahan by Indianapolis Alleycat transplant, Steven Naji, and great hucks by Jason Best and Mitchell Bennett. The Sol scored 10 points in the second quarter to take the lead to 18-8 at halftime, the largest lead the Sol have had this season.
After halftime, the Sol continued where they left off, going on an 8 -3 run to extend the lead to 15 points by end of the third quarter. The defense kept forcing interceptions and poor passes which the Sol easily converted for scores. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Sol led 26 – 11 and reduced any hope for Nashville to comeback. In the fourth quarter, the Sol kept the Nightwatch completely scoreless as the Sol scored four more times to seal the win including an impressive diving catch in the end zone by Cunningham.
With this victory, the Sol were able to reduce their overall point differential by 20 points. Although their record is currently 1 – 5, the Sol’s next few weeks appear to be favorable. After a confidence boosting game like this one, the Sol’s offense and defense seemed to finally be clicking together as they scored a season high 31 points and held the Nightwatch to only 11 points. With their next game against the Atlanta Hustle, the Sol look to put together a win streak to get their season back on track.