HeyHey SupaNation! We're in for a hot weekend, when neither quality football or oppressive humidity are likely to be be in short supply. Mainstream sports journalism has a way of branding big periods of play such as "Separation Saturday", and while we have no such commercial interest in driving fan attention here in SupaLand, I can promise you that we are in for our best week of match-ups yet. My email box overfloweth with insider tips, excited proclamations and nervous energy- I thank you all for your notes and wish you all well as you play or watch football this weekend- it's a great time to be alive and playing football in the Midwest. Let's get to it!!
Ohio River Bearcats @ Madison County Pirates
This should be a great game- and it depends as much on the health of the Pirates as it does on the depth of the bench for the Bearcats. At full strength, the Bearcats are a clear favorite, but it is not clear that they will be. The trouble for the Pirates is that they are unlikely to be firing on all cylinders yet either which a host of young men still to banged up to go.
Joliet Buccanners @ Indianapolis Stampede
The Stampede looked early to be the winner in the annual non-Tornado Naptown player swap sweepstakes. While it is clear that the Stampede have retained some of the talent from last year and picked up more in the offseason, they've not found chemistry or leadership yet. The Buccs are at the bottom of their division, but would be at the top of the Hoosier division this year. On the road, though, they will simply be outmatched- tougher days again for the Stampede.
Kankakee Plowmen @ Indiana Titans
The shortcomings of the Titans are as well documented as they were unexpected, and the tough team only a few men short of last season's very strong squad are picking up the pieces. They host a squad of Plowmen who are very very similar to themselves, and similarly in need of a big win. The only edge here is the homefield- something upon which the Titans cannot always count.
Lake County Steelers @ Midstate Steel
Um. Ouch. Sorry to the Steelers, but this battle goes to the guys with the shorter mascot. It's likely that the boys from the 45 will be whipped so soundly that they will leave Illinois with the 'ers' knocked right of their uniforms.
Chicago Thunder @ Chicago Mustangs
Even though it is not in "the graveyard, " the Thunder are likely to easily claim another victim this weekend. The mediocre Mustangs feature a couple of GREAT athletes (a safety and a tight end that are among the best in the league) but will be demolished in the trenches and tired before halftime.
Ohio Force @ Adams County Patriots
Did I mention that this would be a great game? The Force find themselves in a dogfight in an unprecedentedly well balanced MFL. The North Division in particular features teams that could beat each other any given Saturday. This game is pivotal in that it will likely have a hand in determining the top seed in the division. The Pats are still playing great football in the face of some adversity unexperienced in previous seasons, but the Force are back in form- even on the road. The Force in a squeaker.
Indiana Generals @ Indiana Cutters
This game will certainly live up to the hype. Former Dragons and Broncos abound. These players know each other well and have been spoiling for a big game since it was clear early on that the Generals were title contenders. On paper, the Generals are clearly the favorite. Not only have they been more consistent, but their offense and defense have both played better than the respective units of the Cutters. In a game that is likely to be huge in the playoffs as well, you've got to throw out all the records. The Generals will be upset- at least on this weekend.
Columbus War Eagles @ Lima Warriors
Again, on paper, this one is fairly close. The visiting War Eagles feature big time talent and a productive offense. The defense has been inconsistent and the Warriors are planning to take advantage of that. Look for big turnovers to be the key here- big takeaways from the visiting Eagles. the Warriors stumbled early and are on a collision course with the emerging MVW. First things first, a win this weekend.
West Central Wildcats @ East Central Wolverines
While the ECW don't need any more appreciation from me for sticking through a long tough season, they should be prepared to face the best team the Wildcats have ever fielded. The boys from Brazil will bring a team with them that would have won many an MFL title in years past- and they'll be facing a team that has yet to score a single point. Props to the ECW again, but it will be a long night, even at home.
Noble County Wolfpack @ Elkhart Shamrock
No team in the IFL has played a tougher schedule up to this point than the Wolfpack. The defense has continued to impress and the special teams play has the potential to be the most explosive in the league. The Rock are a surprise to many, finding themselves 4-0 and just a few players deeper than last year. Osceola finally has a team that can live up to the expectations of people used to the excellence of Jimmies and Kingsmen. the Wolfpack remain hungry, knowing that their break is around the corner. This game, though lower on the radar for many, is my game of the week. The visitors pull it out in an exciting finish.
Tri County Raiders @ Kosciusco County Mustangs
The demise of the Mustangs has been greatly exaggerated. The Raiders come to Bourbon to find an offense without its helmsman on the field, but also without its familiar scheme. Can the Mustangs turn their new offensive approach into an asset in the face of great challenge and internal struggle? The Raiders bring their own issues on the road, trying to deal with in-fighting and lowering expectations. Both teams will finish better than they began August, but the day goes to the Mustangs- who will surprise many with the way they with this game.
Northwest Ohio Knights @ Miami Valley Warriors
As the boys from Lima get the #2 team in the MV division, such is also the case for the MVW- they host a Knights team that would be division champ, but for playing one of the elite teams in the USFA. The Warriors are a better team than they have ever been before, and they know it. I don't regard the previous statement as being a compliment, or a good sign. The Knights come to town with a deep bench a a great desire to make noise in the playoffs. The MVW are dangerously looking ahead and will use a late comeback to avoid the upset.
Miami County Blitz @ Indiana Cardinals
Two great defenses here in a battle for third place in a VERY competitive division. The Blitz bring the big hitters to face the big play Cardinals. The Blitz won the first battle when they played host, but the Cardinals will find a Blitz offense short a key component and will be able to be especially opportunistic on defense. While Raber's squads have always been great at the takeaway, they've not generated points on defense the way the the Cardinals can- and will- this weekend.
St. Joseph County Panthers @ Classic City Crush
No disrespect to either team, but this game is a battle to stay out of the IFL cellar. Both teams have struggled to have productive practices and keep any depth at key positions. Both teams have found their offenses particularly ineffective. There is no difference in their record or their current IFL standing. What is different is that the Crush have institutional memory- they have experience. They have a roster populated with men who have played in an IFL title game. That experience, a better defense, and the home field advantage will win the day.
That's it, boys and girls! Do your best to take advantage of all of life's opportunities outside the lines, and between them, make sure to leave it on the field and make your mommas proud.
Crush 41 over Panthers 0
Good Clean game, very few penalties outside or procedural stuff...
Good luck to the Panthers rest of the season...
Props to my OLIne this week they were the game winning factor, hands down. They are the best we've had in a while and its their win as much as mine.
Crush #42 rb/lb/cb
Wolpack 21 shamrock 14 in OT! Great game both sides good luck shamrock rest of the season! Wolfpack we got work to do! Bring it pack!
Lima Warriors 27
Columbus War Eagles 0
Unofficially we hold the War Eagles to 4 yards total offense. Kaene Runion throws 3 touchdown passes (Bobby Huttis, Corey Clarke and Joe Butcher). David Phillips adds a score on the ground, and Corey Clarke is one of the fastest human beings on the planet!
Defense was lights out, Glenn White Jr. with two interceptions, Marcus LeGrant with one, Chris Brooks, Issac Melton, Pierre Jackson and James Davenport had sacks as well as Bernard Austin grabbing a fumble recovery. We host the NWO Knights next Saturday at 7:05 PM
No one south of Lima left in the USFA playoffs!
Great game Gens just would not take no for a answer. They proved they are the ifl Top dogs.
AC Patriots 57
Ohio Force 33
This game was a shootout from the opening kickoff.
Great game from the Force and relatively clean from both sides.
Good Luck fellas, hope we see y'all again in the post season.
mustangs 35 raiders 8
Bearcats 26 Pirates 14
Came down to Cats 19 - Pirates 14 with 1:30 left in the game. Pirates were unable to convert and the bearcats broke a play for the final score 1 min left in the game. Defensive and offensive swings on both sides of the ball.
I loved this whole Cutters and General hype. Good job Generals
The score is incorrect for the Bearcats/Pirates game. It was actually: Bearcats 27 Pirates 14
Also Carliss Falls did an excellent job as a player coach for this game since we were missing our head coach due to a prior engagement. Pirates good luck the rest of the season.
Your right Zach. That was a 2 ptco.
plowmen 14 titans 12
I just want to say great job Wolf Pack you guys are playing great football and we hope to see you in the playoffs. It was one hell of a game. You guys are no joke. Good luck the rest of the season and stay healthy. WHO ROCKS!!!!!!
MidStates Football League Scores..
Titans 12 vs Plowmen 14
Steelers 0 vs Steel 60
Stampede 26 vs Buccaneers 20
Thunder 44 vs Mustangs 0
Chicago Thunder Win "50th" consecuetive game in the MSFL