Good Morning, SupaNation. That chill in the morning air should leave us with no doubt: Autumn is here. Everyone else is now playing football and there is even an NFL schedule to distract us. The good news, however, is that we still have a number of big games on the docket- so let's get down to business!
Madison County Pirates @ Indiana Generals
The 2010 campaign for the Pirates has been-it's fair to say without malice- a disaster. This disaster is the result of a cascade of issues associated with a number of things- but the bottom line is that the team has fallen significantly below the level that anyone expected. It's a credit to those still involved with the team- A HUGE CREDIT- that they choose to make this game against the juggernaut Generals. Little needs to be said about the team they face or their impossible task- but one should not ignore the kind of integrity that is involved with competing under the circumstances. Though the scoreboard will be lopsided- the Generals will not be the only winners in this game- the game itself is the better for athletes following through under rough circumstances. Good luck to the Pirates going forward.
Kosciusco County Mustangs @ Noble County Wolfpack
The Mustangs have gotten into the playoffs in a very tough division and find themselves back in the hunt after coming very close to elimination. It's hard to say that this season has met the expectations for the Mustangs- the team with the strongest overall record over the history of the league- but they appear to have finished relatively strong. The Wolfpack are hungry and quiet. They hear the attention given to their neighbors down in Indy and are quietly focusing on the task(s) at hand. This Wolfpack team is good. Very good. And after this weekend, the Mustangs will be the first to tell you that.
Indiana Hitmen @ Battle Creek Blaze
One has to go back several years to think of an IFL game that is this well matched. The Hitmen are the best three loss team ever to play in the IFL and have done some very impressive work as a first year organization in a saturated region. The Blaze- whose overall organizational structure is the very best in the league- have underperformed at times, but finished very strong in a very tough division. Were this game in Elkhart County, I can see it going either way- but the Blaze have always been inhospitable hosts (on the field, anyway) and will send a very good Hitmen team home early. I know I'd love to see the Hitmen take part in a post season tournament, though!
Tri Titans @ Union City Indians
Beef's Indians slipped pretty significantly last week with a loss to Union County. It's clear that his veteran team has the best offense of any team he's coached at this level, but it is also clear that it may well be the most inconsistent. After two big wins to start the season and a big let down last week, this game could well be the season's turning point. The Indians are the better team in every respect, but they will need confidence for some much tougher contests down the road- so let's hope UCHS makes a statement and disposes of the Titans with authority. This could be the most important game of the most important season in Maloy's long coaching career. Let's hope they get the job done.
So that is it, folks. It's late, I'm tired- and I can't wait to read the details of each of your games. Good luck and make your mommas proud, fellas!
Union City Indians 33
Big win, 1st time in 20 year history UC has beat Tri in regular season. Nick Mangas 3 rushing TD's and 2 Passing. Gameball Seth Fields 8 tackles 4 assists, and Brady Doppler 6 catches 104 yards TD.
Wolfpack 38 Mustangs 6
Blaze @ Wolfpack First game went to over time
Wildcats @ Generals first game was onesided
Indy Renegades 54 Tri-County Raiders 26
Indiana Mustangs - 41
Flint Fury - 0