Good Morning, SupaNation. Mother Nature has seen fit to bless us with an unseasonably cool weekend for football- and I encourage all of you to enjoy it. The hot weather is back on its way next weekend, and it will be a while before the cool winds of Autumn truly prevail. There are a number, however, of HOT matchups this weekend, so let's jump in!
Madison County Pirates @ Indiana Generals
What a great game this will be. The Generals have yet to be tested in any real way since the Hurricanes inflicted 13 points on the Generals defense. The Pirates are, all in all, perhaps the best team the Generals have yet seen. The Pirates have as much talent as most any team in the league (save their opponent) and have certainly shown that they can be explosive for 10 minutes at a time. The reason the Generals will win this game is not just that they have more talent, better preparation, and a deeper bench, but that the Pirates are in a difficult place right now team-wise. Last weekend's events and a number of other personnel issues leave the Pirates not best suited to face the league's toughest foe.
INDIANA PATRIOT @ INDY RENEGADES
The Patriot have proven that they made a good decision to stay in what is now the CRFL. They've managed to continue to run a tight ship- though a smaller one- and draw on experience and relatively strong team chemistry. Last week's convincing win over an always stalwart Blitz team quickly showed that the Pats are the team to beat in the fledgling CRFL. The Renegades have a pretty strong offense for being such a young team, but their defense is not prepared from the visiting Patriot.
Midwest Force @ West Central Wildcats
Since the second week demolition at the hands of the mighty Generals, the Wildcats defense has stood tall and announced that they were not content to be a South Division also-ran. The Force have come in a good deal below expectations this season- in spite of an opening day win over a suffering Cutters squad. The long, long drive to Brazil will not serve the Ohioans well under any circumstances- and while the Force defense may stand tall for much of the game, the MWF offense will never get out of the gate.
Kosciusco County Mustangs @ Indiana Himen
While the North Division is shaping up to be a battle between the Blaze and the Wolfpack, both of these squads have the tools to play divisional spoiler. It will be, of course, to a great degree about which team grows over the course of the season and which team does not. The Stangs have stumbled out the gate- particularly on defense, but have an offense that is still at times as explosive as any in the league. The Hitmen are a much more low profile blue-collar type squad, but one that has played tough in every contest and always seems to rise to the level of the opponent they face (for good or ill). This game will tell us much about the future of these teams and indeed minor league football in the region. The tea leaves suggest that the days of the KCM are numbered.
Ohio Outlawz @ Noble County Wolfpack
These are two great IFL contenders who have made a lot of noise in the early going and really exceeded expectations. The Outlawz have played well, but in many ways have not clicked. The team has played well in its only loss and very badly at times in some of its wins. Overall, the Outlawz have benefitted from a relatively easy early schedule. The same could not be said for the Wolfpack, who play in a tougher (top to bottom) division and have seen all of the contenders in the early going. The team is proving that last year's surprising campaign was not a fluke and they expect to win every week. They know that they could well win the IFL crown this season, and they play with that confidence.
Wanee Hurricanes @ Battle Creek Blaze
The Blaze are a very well organized and well disciplined team- top to bottom. Not without their organizational shortcomings, the team is on the same page and operates very well as a cohesive unit. One does not have to be around the game at this level very long to know what a rarity this is among teams. The Blaze have talent to be sure, but their success is a product of their organization. The Hurricanes are a young start-up with both talent and team chemistry. They played a great battle last week and proved that they cannot be ignored in the North Division, but they will be badly outclassed on the road in the Cereal City, and will come home knowing who the North Division favorite is likely to be- without question.
Elkhart Shamrock @ St Joe County Panthers
It goes without saying that both of these teams find themselves in difficult circumstances in 2010. Both teams have been badly drained by the emergence of a number of new teams in the region- and both teams have found themselves much the worse for the changes. It's not clear what the future holds for either team, but my money is on the Shamrock in both this week's contest and in the long run. The organization and its athletes have a solid team culture that should produce some positive results. The Panthers find themselves understaffed and outmatched, even against a fellow winless foe.
Lima Warriors @ Cleveland Cobras
Make no mistake about it, the Lima Warriors are still a very very good football team. The organization has been the most consistently successful across the region over the last 5 years- without exception. The Warriors feature a number of elite athletes and have a roster big and talented enough to staff three competitive teams in other leagues. But this year is different for the HFL and different for the Warriors. The loaded league features a great deal of parity and a number of very high caliber teams- among them the Cobras. The Cobras came to the Warriors house back in June and dealt the proud organization a hefty loss. While the boys from Lima have long ago circled this date on their calendar, it is hard to imagine a better outcome at CWRU on Saturday.
That's all I've got before I get on the sleepy train and get some Zs. Enjoy the beautiful weather and make sure to be thankful for every minute you have playing this amazing game. And remember- when you're on the field - leave everything you've got out there and make your mommas proud!
Ouch....38-13?? thats embarrassing...hopefully we put up more of a fight than that or we might as well stay home. lol
Good hard hittin game but the Hitmen defense came alive with like 5 turnovers to put the offense in good field position.
We made some mistakes, but practice starts again on Tuesday so we can clean it up!!! Good game fellas!!!
Renegades Win 20-12! The Patriots played tough but the Renegade defense was too much.
Lima Warriors 34
Cleveland Cobras 7
Corey Minnfield throws for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns. Travis Lewis had 9 catches for 144 and two scores. Ladon Coleman 5 catches 124 and two scores. Drew Cleckley had a one yard scoring run. Warriors defense was outstanding!! With the win the Warriors have won their seventh straight division title across four leagues. UH OH!!
clean game. defensive game.
Wildcats 44-8 MW Force
I really enjoyed playing these guys! Played hard from the beginning to the end. Hope you guys are at full strength for your next game. Good Luck.
Over all good game
Dark Knights 0
Over all good game
Dark Knights 0
Sorry Posted it on the wrong one.
Noble County Wolfpack
Knights held up to the 4th Quarter. Score at halftime was 6-0. The Knights only traveled with 20 or less players. It was the Knights defense vs. the Blitz offense. The Blitz depth prevailed late in the game. The Blitz are a well coached team. The CRFL is more balanced than most people believe. Great football game under the lights!
The knights and Blitz game was a much closer game than the score showed. Our offense had several good drives but we just didn't have the numbers, we traveled with 18 and 2 got hurt in the beginning of the 4th. We couldn't pass as our WR's and DB's were the same people and were tired. Score should have been closer at half but we took a shot and the drive ended at the 4 yd line. Very good hard hitting, clean game, look forward to playing them again in a few weeks.