Good Morning, SupaNation.
Such a strange time of year- some teams just getting into league play while some teams are already heading down the homestretch. It's looking to be a hot one across the region again this weekend, so no matter what, be sure to stay hydrated. With a few exceptions, there looks to be more parity in the MidWest this year than any other in memory- let's see if this week features as many good games as all football fans hope for. Let's get to it.
Lake Erie Invaders @ Lima Warriors
Nothing new to see here- the Warriors continuing their decade's long domination. Sucks to be the Invaders.
The Kosciusco County Mustangs @ Indiana Cutters
It's been interesting to see the rebound of the Cutters in 2011 and this game is just the one to tell us all that they are for real. Home field advantage is the difference in this one.
Indiana Hitmen @ Wanee Hurricanes
It's difficult to tell how these teams both fell so far so fast- and what's happened to all the success in Michiana. The Hitmen get the edge in this battle for Elkhart County.
West Central Wildcats @ Elkhart Shamrock
One could add the Rock to the confusing list of Elkhart-area teams who've fallen on hard times. The WCW have gone from hard-luck spin-off team just 5 years ago to the strong IFL favorite and this game will prove why.
IN Vipers @ Naptown Scorpions
Not much to say here except that the Vipers are in for a long, long day. Props to the Vipers squad for pushing through the season that is much different than expected.
ECM Eagles @ Indianapolis Tornados
It's clear that the Tornados are the favorite in this division and if it weren't for the Saints/Vipers/etc, the ECM Eagles would be the doormat. Especially at home, the hosts will lock down the Eagle defense.
LincolnWay Patriots @ Indiana Generals
Not like last week, but the Generals are in for a great challenge. The Patriots travel very well and have their eye on the MSFL crown. The Generals will rebound after an early challenge in this one.
Kankakee Plowmen @ Lake County Steelers
Kudos to the Steelers for last week's win and congrats on a relatively strong start. The Plowmen are just what you need to keep the streak going. This may well be a different game on the road, so take advantage.
Tri County Raiders @ Indiana Cardinals
In last week's shocking upset, the Raiders proved that they'd benefitted the most from the off-season's reshuffling of talent in the IN/OH border regain. This is a very tough call early, but one has to go with the home team.
Mad River Stallions @ Miami County Blitz
This should be an exciting game of different styles. The Blitz certainly have more experience, but the Stallions have more big play ability. Even on the road, the Stallions get the nod here.
Revolution @ Allen County Dark Knights
Pretty equally balanced teams here- both of whom have a lot of work to do. This early in the season with this many unanswered questions, one has to go with the home team.
Ohio Crush @ Indy Renegades
After a mighty fall from grace, the Renegades are back to take out their frustrations on the Crush. This will be one lopsided, plain and simple.
Midwest Force @ Miami County Vipers
This should be a pretty competitive game and feature some exciting special teams play. It's clear that these two teams are more evenly matched than many presume- though this score won't reflect that.
IN Mustangs @ Columbus Fire
This is not the best Fire team of the past decade, but they're pretty damned good. Even when the Mustangs travel well, they just don't have enough to face the best team in the division.
Evansville Enforcers @ East Side Justice
The Enforcers have the bad luck of having a very good team in a very tough division of a great league. The defense has not shown up yet for 4 quarters and they face a very experienced Justice team on the road. Bad news for the visitors.
The Allegan Soul @ Noble County Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have quietly put together the best record in the GLFL and look to dominate yet another league. But it's not all joy in mudville- the Wolfpack defense has yet to step up to the plate. The Soul coming down should help with matters, but the Wolfpack have a ways to go if they want to add some more hardware to the team mantle in 2011.
There it is, folks. Enjoy this great weekend and stay cool. Remember what a gift it is to play this great game that we all love and make sure from whistle to whistle that you leave it on the field and make your mommas proud!
Cardinals win 24-0 Good clean game Raiders
Wolfpack 55 soul 14 at half game was called due to injuries.
Would like to say thanks to the host team the Knights. Very clean team, enjoyed the game.
Lima Warriors 74
Lake Erie Invaders 0
Corey Minnfield sets team record with eight touchdown passes. LaDonn Coleman caught three, Jeremy Bott two and Mike Macklin, Travis Lewis and Marvin Germany also caught scoring passes. Mike Macklin and David Johnson rushed for touchdowns. Defensively Lima had four picks led by Chris Brooks returning one for a 26 yard score. Jordan Marshall, Jason Bott and Brandt Huttis had the other interceptions.
Renegades. 35 crush 14
Generals 65, Patriots 14.
Steelers 18 Plowmen 19
Steeler Defense shut down their 2nd Team this Season
Plowmen scored 3 Times against the Steelers Offense
Pick 6-Blocked Field Goal-Fumble returned for a TD
Steelers down 19-0 came back with 3 TDs in the Second Half and set up a chance to win the game. With the score Steelers 18-Plowmen 19, the Plowmen blocked the Steelers chance to win the game with 6.6 seconds to go, when a Plowmen defender came up the Middle to block Scott Duvals 23 yard Field Goal.
Hitmen vs Hurricanes....Great clean game from both sides of the ball on both teams....Hitmen up 7-0 at the half...
Final score Hitmen 34-Hurricanes 0...
Wildcats 38-7 Shamrocks.
Would like to mention that our kicker nailed a 50 yd field goal with a few yards to spare.
I would like to say thank you to the Wild Cats for making the trip to Elkhart & thank you for cleaning your sideline. There was not even one piece of trash left behind. Good luck for the rest of the year except for when we make the trip to your house of course.
good, hard, clean game. alot of fun!
Finals from the Heartland Football League:
Lima Warriors 74, Lake Erie Invaders 0
Cleveland Cobras 28, Akron Jagz 6
Pittsburgh Pride 22, Columbus War Eagles 12
North Coast Vikings 42, Northeast Ohio Predators 15
Northeast Ohio Disciples 38, Lake Erie Panthers 8
Mount Carmel Fire 34, Ohio Eagles 10
Kings Comets 40, Central Ohio Spartans 0
River City Nighthawks 82, Kentucky Warriors 45
So much for the vipers winning and being evenly matched! Force dominated this game... So i guess the coaching staff had a good game plan!! So much for the Force NOT having a edge in the coaching staff!!
I went to the Viper/Force game this past Saturday. The Force looked to be pretty deep in most of their positions while the Vipers need to pick up some players if they want to stay competitive during a full game this season. The Vipers appeared to have enough injuries that most of the players were going both ways by half time. The Vipers pretty much had control of the first quarter and were up 12-0. Torwards the end of the first the Force had the ball in a goal line situation and fumbled the ball which appeared to be picked up by the Vipers and heading the other way, but a inadvertant whistle gave the ball back to the Force and they promptly capitalized on it with what looked like a easy walk in TD.
The Force scored again in the second quarter to take a 2 point lead and it stayed that way until after half time. I'm not sure who won the coin toss at the beginning but the Force ended up getting the ball to start the game and after halftime. The Force started the second half off with a kickoff return that put them within reach of the goal line and that was pretty much the end of the game for the Vipers because they seemed to give up on playing football and were more focused on fighting each other on the sideline.