Good Morning, SupaNation!
It's been a privilege and an honor to call so many great games this season. I can't believe that there are still some great ones left to predict, but I am excited to do just that. There are so many great teams around the region and it's exciting to see that soon a few more will be rewarded with some hardware. Let's hope all that all of that energy spent jawing on the messageboard this week will be well channelled into great football this weekend. I for one can't wait to read the scores and details. Let's get down to business.
Indiana Generals @ Roscoe Rush
In non-parametric conflict, the greatest weapon of the weaker or smaller force is the element of surprise. While no one can or should suggest that the Generals visit to the Rush happened with the expectation of easy victory, most who were there know the Generals were surprised by the stout defense their hosts. That advantage is now gone from the Rush and so is the home field advantage as well. Make no mistake about it, this Rush team is very, very good. The Generals will need 100% of their game when they make the trip to the Championship, but my sense is that they will show up united and focused. The Generals took the jump bravely to the MSFL because they wanted to find out how good their team REALLY is. By Sunday morning, there will be no doubt- this team is very, very good. Add another trophy to the mantle.
Michiana Warriors @ Indy Renegades
I've said it before, the Warriors deserve our respect. They've clearly benefitted from the decay of other programs in Michiana this season and they've found a way to play their best football at a time when it really, really counts. The win over the Cardinals was a real coup and erased any impression that the Warriors were just pretenders. The Renegades are a class apart, though. With the exception of a week one hiccup, the Renegades have played more consistently solid football than anyone else in the league (other than, of course, the Force). This is the quality of play that we would expect from the defending champion, and after Saturday, they'll have the crack at adding another title to their mantle.
Mad River Stallions @ Midwest Force
Like the Warriors, the Stallions have certainly earned quick respect in the CRFL not least for their vanquishment of the Crush- and in particular the way they did it defensively. It's hard to know what to think of the turnaround over a two-week period between the Stallions/Crush contests, but one gets the impression that it was more about a Crush collapse than a Stallions onslaught. The Stallions are a very good team to be sure, but non consistent. The Force on the other hand, of course, are exactly the opposite. They're not flashy and have stacked up surprisingly few blowout wins for a one loss team in a small-roster league. They've gone about their business week to week and taken care of business whether they were playing the mighty Renegades or the not-so-mighty Raiders. For this reason, the Force will emerge. The match-ups, the experience, and the temperament are all in favor of the hosts.
Union City Indians @ Northeastern Knights
Unless there is a Winchester Miracle on Friday night, the Indians will not win the TEC in 2011, and that is a real shame. The turnaround that Beef Maloy has put together is something that stands as a beacon for tough luck teams in Indiana. This season has truly been special for the Indians and it is far from over. The Indians hit the road to play a Knights team that looked early like it might compete for the TEC title, but has played poorly against weak opponents and now finds itself at .500. The Indians, though clearly a better team, would do well not to take their hosts lightly. If the Indians play 4 quarters of solid football, they'll end the regular season at 8-1- something to be proud of going into the playoffs.
That's all I've got- a slate full of close games with exciting endings for very high stakes. Go out and get em this weekend, folks. These games are gonna be GREAT. Just bring that umbrella for your friends and family in the stands, that burning desire for greatness and a deep reverence for the beautiful game that you're privileged to play. If you do all of that, you just can't help but to make your mommas proud!
Force 20 Stallions 6
Defense shut out Stallions Offense, only score was a pick 6
Congrats on your State Championship!!! Good luck next week!!
Renegades are your state champs
renegades 33 warriors 19 i believe was the final score.
Indy Renegades 33-19 2011 Indiana State champions what a great game. The Warriors are better than some say. We just had to have that game for our friend "Tiny" Hicks who passed away this season!
Indiana generals lost 20 to 10
UC 8-1 Best season record since 1973
UC 8-1 Best season record since 1973