Nashville 30, Jacksonville 26
The Nashville Nightwatch ended their second season in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) scoring a franchise-high 30 goals for a 30-26 win over the Jacksonville Cannons. With the win, the Nightwatch finished the season at 3-11 and exceeded their win total from last season.
In one of their best games I have seen them play, the Nightwatch scored the first goal and never trailed as they built a 19-13 lead at halftime and then held on in the final quarter. In past games, the Nightwatch have struggled with getting the disc up the field and moving forward but on Saturday night they had sharp passes and connected on long passes down the field that set the pace for their record-setting effort.
Jake Wright led the Nightwatch with nine goals and finished the season with 53 goals. Tyler Conger had six assists in the game.
Now the question: Will they be back in 2017?
All indications are that they will but here are a few ideas I propose to improve:
- Better home field. John Overton High School is not a good field for location or game atmosphere. I think you need a more intimate setting where the fans are closer to the game. Also, Overton is right next to I-65 and that’s just not a good setting at all. A better location would be one closer to Nashville. Maybe the Vanderbilt area. Maybe later I will come up with some ideas of better fields.
- More sponsors. The team really needs some major sponsors if they are going to survive. More money will help.
- Advertise. More exposure is needed. Set up booths at festivals or public events to let people know about the team.
- Media Coverage. It improved some this year with a few articles and posts from some local news personalities that attended the game. Still need more.
Unfortunately the Nightwatch did not qualify for the AUDL playoffs but you can still following the playoffs here.
The 2017 season begins again in April.