Under Pressure: How AMP’s Defense Shut Down Mischief’s Deep Game

AMP's defense guided them to a second straight title with some intelligent tactical decisions.

AMP’s Liz Hart leaps for a grab over Mischief in the mixed final at the 2019 Club Championships. Photo: Sam Hotaling — UltiPhotos.com

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“We wanted to force them to grind the unders. The first thing you have to do is establish position behind and just always be pushing them under.”

Technically, this was Raha Mozaffari discussing Philadelphia AMP‘s defensive game plan against Fort Collins Shame in the semifinal. It made total sense, forcing a huck-dominated offense to work for each yard. It worked at the right times, earned the turns AMP needed at critical moments, and gave them a shot at repeating as national champions. But with another day to prep, and a rematch looming with a San Francisco Mischief team who had beaten AMP twice already this year, I expected to see something out of left field to throw off Mischief’s balanced attack.

Imagine my surprise to see the same defensive game plan from the Philadelphia team that got them through their semifinal. And with six total breaks en route to a 15-9 victory, it’s hard to argue with the effectiveness. So how did they do it?

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  1. Colin Clauset
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    Colin Clauset is a mixed division reporter for Ultiworld, and Master's player based out of Seattle. He balances thinking way too much about Ultiworld power rankings with a possibly unhealthy amount of skiing and climbing. Call him out on Twitter at @colinclauset

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