Good Morning, SupaNation. We're flying through the season much more quickly than I might like. The bottom line is that we find ourselves well into August and it seems to me that we just got started yesterday. At any rate- like last week, we find some teams in the heart of the season and more than a few that are well into the playoffs. In every case, there is a lot on the line this week. Forgive the short analysis- I've got plenty more to say about each matchup, but not the time to write it all down.
Indiana Generals @ Ohio Outlawz
The Outlawz are playing solid ball and it seems that last week a chink in the General defensive armor was revealed. The long trip will also chip away at the margin of victory for the guests.
Indiana Cutters @ Battle Creek Blaze
The Blaze have now found themselves on the outside of the Division bubble looking in. Though they are but a few points from a perfect season- they need this week's resounding win to bolster their seed. The Cutters are making lots of personnel adjustments but just can't hang after the long trip and the tough opponent.
Elkhart Shamrock @ Kosciusco County Mustangs
If the Mustangs hope to keep pace in the torrid divisional race, they have to put games like these in the bank. The Shamrock continue to swing away at the long odds, but the trip to Bourbon will bring them no solace. Stangs stay in the conversation.
West Central Wildcats @ Madison County Pirates
This is a huge game for the Pirates. The hosts are in a situation to scratch and claw back toward the season they'd hoped to have had. The Wildcats, whose playoff seed will not change, have more to lose in this one. The game will be close late, but the visitors will win the day.
Tri-County Raiders @ Ada Dark Knights
The Knights never really got off the ground and find themselves near the bottom of a struggling pack of small market teams. The Raiders or on the other end of the spectrum- having made a very advantageous move to the CRFL. This score will reflect these disparate fortress.
Indiana Hitmen @ Noble County Wolfpack
This will no doubt be a great game. The Hitmen have established themselves as the real challenger in the division after last week's big win up North. The Wolfpack are very much in the driver's seat this week. This game should have everything to do with playoff seeding- and the W goes to the more experienced squad with home field advantage.
Cleveland Cobras @ Lima Warriors
The Warriors ended up with the critical home field advantage in this enormous game against a very fickle Cobras team. While the Warriors have not been as consistent as they'd hoped, they have not had the season the Cobras have in that respect. Playing at home will be just enough for the hosts- a big win to add to the mantle!
Indiana Renegades @ Miami County Blitz
It's only the relatively long trip north to Raber country that makes this game a contest. The Renegades have established themselves as a real title contender in this fledgling league. The Blitz will bring big hits and solid defense, but they don't have the athletes to play with the boys in Green and Yellow.
Ohio Valley Warriors @ Mid Ohio Jets
Another great game for these two storied organizations. The Jets have put together another stellar season and the Warriors have, unlike for much of their history, finished very strong. The Jets won the first meeting back in June and the Warriors won a huge rematch last week- but the Warriors are unlikely to find a way to contain the mighty Jet offense. A great game to be sure, but the hosts get the W.
Ohio River Bearcats @ River City Eclipse
This will be a GREAT game. These two teams have split a pair of very close games in the regular season and look to make some noise out of the under-appreciated Central Division. The Eclipse feature a very solid coaching staff and a number of great athletes on defense. While they will have the home field advantage, they Cats have been stronger down the stretch. Look for the Bearcats to pull off the upset and move on in the GMFL title hunt.
Kilbourn City Hawks @ Lake County Steelers
It's easy to give the Steelers a hard time as it's been a long time since they were contenders. The bottom line, to their credit, is that they continue to compete and to get back after it every game of every year. They play host to perhaps the weakest team in the league this weekend and certainly the league's worst defense. The Hawks will be a welcome guest and a chance for the Steelers to gather some momentum for what is left of the 2010 campaign.
Union City Indians @ Wes-Del Warriors
The first two seasons at UCHS have not been what Beef had hoped for. He inherited a team without a winning culture, without many resources and without many athletes. He's over the past two seasons had to build the program more or less from nothing. It's been a tough slog- especially late in the season for the Indians the last two campaigns. The conference is full of teams that have the luxury of some depth and a good deal of talent. While those commodities are largely beyond the control of a coaching staff, Maloy has built one thing have one thing most teams do not have: experience. The Indians return a total of 16 starters and have quietly been the subject of rising expectations across the conference and the region. Friday night brings the Indians to perennial whipping boy Wes-Del. The question of whether the Indians will beat the Warriors is not an interesting one- the question of what they will do after they win is the one in which all of the value of the 2010 campaign certainly relies. Look for the Indian offense to throw the football much and well- and if they execute in the other phases of the game- get off to a big start this year. All eyes are on you and your squad, Beef. Is this the year?
Okay folks, let's keep it simple. A big weekend for everyone. Hydrate well, honor your team, your opponents, and the game itself- and ALWAYS, but ALWAYS, make your mommas proud!
Stangz win over da shamrock 53-0, gud hard fought game!
Very good hard fought game. #1 is a hell of a rb.
Battle Creek Blaze - 40
Indiana Cutters - 0
Ohio Valley Warriors....23
Mid Ohio Jets....20
Great game! The Warriors "D" gave up 13 points to the high octane Jet offense.... 7 came off of a kickoff return.
Lima Warriors 29
Cleveland Cobras 14
Corey Minnfield throws 3 touchdown passes, 2 to Ladon Coleman and one to Porfirio Sutton. Wayne LeGrant adds a pick six to send the Lima Warriors to their third championship game since 2007. The Cobras, scored in the second quarter and added a score late in the fourth after the game was decided. The Lima Warriors will take on the Ohio Valley Warriors in Newport, Ky. for the 2010 Heartland Football League Championship. Game time is 7 pm.
I am not for sure if this score is right but I do know we won and what they score on us.
Renegades - 34
Blitz - 6
Please forgive me if I got the score wrong.
OlSckool44 It was close to that. I remember it being 30-6 but I think you guys scored again. I think the actual final was:
great job warriors. smellin' another championship for ya!!
Dark Knights 6
Knights showed up with low number, and still never quit played to the whistle every play much respect to the Dark knights! Very clean football team also!
Canes beat the Panthers 67-12 good clean game.