Good Morning, SupaNation. It's mid- July and we're in full swing already. It's plenty hot across the region and the All-Star break is over. It's time to play Minor League Football in the Midwest. I'd love to reflect on the magic that this season brings a while longer, but I have a bazillion games to call, so let's get to it!
Ohio River Bearcats @ Randolph County Riot
The boys from the river make it up to what seems like the only football field in Randolph County to show the Riot how it is done. Minus Beef and Tater (Now Grote is getting hungry), the Riot will be no match, even at home.
West Central Wildcats @ Madison Co Pirates
The Pirates had such a sloppy outing last week in the weather, it may as well have been the pothole jungle that was Denny Field. They host a more seasoned, but less athletic team this week. Home field means something, though, even in Fall Creek Park.
ChiTown Blaze @ Indiana Generals
The Generals, a team with a solid history, has something to prove in 2008. Given the inflation and realignment o the IFL, they start off by hosting the Blaze. The Blaze will bring the LMFL swagger with them in spite of a small roster. The Generals will have just enough to stave off the invaders.
Kosciusko County Mustangs @ Miami Valley Warriors
The story in this game is the distance to be travelled and the depth that the Mustangs will bring with them. The latest word is that several players are still in doubt for the big game, and they'll need every hat for the MVW. My guess is that this game ends up sloppy and hard-hitting, with the hosts eeking out a W.
Hardin County Wolverines @ Central Ky Studs
The Wolverines go to the first year upstarts from Danville (shouts to Centre College) in a rubber match after a big win over the Studs in June. This team will be a much greater challenge than were the mountain boys from last week, and better at home than they were on the road. The Wolverines know how to ball, though, and might even put together a long drive or two in this one.
East Central Wolverines @ Indy Stampede
The Stampede (if that is what we are calling them this week) have an impressive and tenacious defense, but can't seem to get the offensive machine going. The Wolverines have waited a while to get this season completely underway, but won't have the success they are looking for down on the South Side.
Lima Warriors @ Grand Rapids Thunder
Get out your old Michael Jackson records- this one is gonna be a Thriller. The Warriors know what is on the line and will be heading up to western Michigan with a purpose. The bad news is that the Thunder attack is one of the quickest teams in the nation- quicker than the mighty Warriors. The road takes its toll.
SWO Blazers @ Classic City Crush
The men of SWO come to NEI to play a rough and hard nosed team on a rough and hard field. The Crush have always struggled to have a consistent passing attack, and that will hurt the team who will be unable to move the ball against a tough front 7 for the Blazers.
Derby City Thunder @ Indiana Cutters
There once was a day when the DCT were the toast of the Ohio River and second to no one but the Vipers. These days, the Thunder are struggling to find an identity and will run into one of the toughest small market teams in the region. The Cutters promise to feature some of the biggest names (Notre Dame legend Lee Becton) and the highest power offense around. Not much Thunder this day.
Miami County Vikings @ Adams County Patriots
Reports of the Pat's demise have been greatly exaggerated. This team, despite its problems, is still a force to be reckoned with. Tater and his band of merry men will bring a serious challenge North, but the game will be decided more or less by halftime.
Indiana Cardinals @ Miami County Blitz
The Cards are holding together despite a lowering of expectations from the preseason. They know they have talent but have yet to put it all together. The Blitz are confident and home and will bring the no-frills attitude into the game. Still questions on offense for the Blitz, but they know the answer to the end of this game: Blitz win.
Indiana Tornados @ Kane County Eagles
The Tornados wish it was 2003 again, but it's not. They'll leave Kane County like every other team that comes- with a LOSS.
Chicago Wolverines at Warriors
The Wolverines come just at the right time for the Warriors. Hosting the worst team in metro Chicago will get any team going, and that is exactly what the Warriors can expect.
Trumbull County Panthers @ Mid Ohio Jets
Just like hearing about another Jake Delhomme injury- it sucks to be the Panthers. The MOJ are on cruise control and the Panthers bring a hapless squad to town for sacrifice. It looks like another running clock this week for the MOJ.
Tri-State Titans @ Tri State Sharks
It's pretty clear already that the Titans are fighting for the #2 spot in the MOFL. Having to work hard all season just in order to face the likes of the MOJ is nothing anyone would hope for. That is, unless you are Chris Cooke. For now, however, the Titans must dispatch with the Sharks, and dispatch they will.
Okay, I am pooped. Good luck this week, boys and make your mommas proud.
People can try on your shoes, but don't have your swagger in em'.Content is ESPNish.Love it...
Supa...just an FYI Tater is no longer affiliated with the Vikings. The head coach is Dusin Ritchea!
the vikings are better off with tater!
Tri-State Titans 20
Tri-State Sharks 8
The heat and travel cost us some points, you know how it can be on the road. Game started at 4pm C.S.T. and it was hot! There was an Ozone alert too, but our O-Line (the ones that made the trip) made it work and ground out another victory.
I will try to have some stats later this week.
Miami Valley Warriors - 22
K.C. Mustangs - 15
Mustangs up 15 - 0 at halftime - definately ready to play!!!
Warriors tie the game up with 1:30 left to play with a 2 pt. conversion....
Then, a 60 yard interception return by Robert Redd to win the game!
Awesome game - glad to be in the IFL!!!
cutters win big 35 -6 still have some work to do but overall good game
The wildcats came to the Pirates Cove with low numbers but not short on heart or pride. Congrats to them for a great, hard fought game. They sure lived up to their billing as a good team that plays hard and the rematch will be just as close as this one...
Pirates win in overtime 15 to 8
Stats coming tomorrow evening.
OT - Pirates 15-Wildcats 8
Wildcats D INT returned for TD before half. Pirates tied up game in 2nd half and dominated in OT. Wildcats are athletic but need more players. If full team shows up for games they will be good team. Pirates had a hard time putting drives together. They did have some strong plays when needed but overall need to work on O to be a dominating team. They will rely on their stout D to win games this year. Strong LB core.
HARRODSBURG — Unlike Ponce de Leon, Kendrick Johnson has found the secret to staying young.
And unlike poor Ponce, Johnson didn’t have to go searching for his magic elixir in Florida.
Johnson, the Hardin County Wolverines’ president and quarterback, ran for a touchdown and threw for four and a two-point conversion as the unbeaten and fourth-ranked Wolverines surged past the homestanding Central Kentucky Studs, 38-7 in Mid Continental Football League action Saturday night at the former Harrodsburg High School.
“I think I’ve found the fountain of youth somewhere. I had a good time tonight,” said Johnson, an 11-year semi-pro veteran. “I’m just trying to ball as long as I can.”
In the Wolverines’ previous game against the Eastern Kentucky Warriors, the 39-year-old Johnson completed all 10 of his passes for three touchdowns.
Against the Studs, he threw one scoring strike each to Antonio Dilworth (for 35 yards) and All-American Shaun Boykins (15) and two to former Elizabethtown standout Chris Williams (40, 15).
“We’re bringing him (Johnson) back from the dead. I’m running him more and we’re trimming him down,” joked Hardin County coach Larry Jobe, who moved to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the 12-team MCFL in his first year with the Wolverines.
Jobe credited the Wolverines’ veteran offensive line of Rodney Tinker, Charlie Hopkins, Eric Cecil and Offensive Player of the Game Rodrick Tinker for Johnson’s torrid play.
“Most of them have been together for five years. They make it easy for him,” Jobe said.
The Wolverines led 12-0 after the first quarter on Johnson’s scoring strike to Dilworth and a nine-yard run by Michael Skees. Williams’ first touchdown came in the second quarter as the Wolverines owned an 18-point advantage over the first-year Studs (3-2, 0-1) at the half.
“And we should have been up a lot more. Our offense was sloppy,” said Jobe, whose team had three extra points blocked and a conversion pass dropped in the first half.
Boykins’ score extended the Wolverines’ lead to 24-0 entering the fourth quarter.
The Studs ended the Wolverines’ four-game defensive shutout streak with a lengthy scoring drive – aided by three Wolverine penalties – in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines tacked on the final 14 points of the game on Johnson’s five-yard quarterback sneak, Williams’ second touchdown and a conversion pass from Johnson to former Louisville Fire member Cody Eubanks.
Williams, who also had an interception, earned Overall Player of the Game honors, while former Kentucky State quarterback Melvin Thomas, who intercepted one pass, was selected as Defensive Player of the Game.
Former Meade County standout Brandon Ditto had three sacks, while former Marshall University player Byron Tinker had two and former Morehead State player Dallas Robinson – one of the fastest semi-pro players in the country – had one.
Even though the Wolverines thrashed the Studs less than a month ago at West Hardin in a non-league game, several Studs members had some unflattering things to say about the Wolverines on the league’s public message board before Round Two.
Johnson said his team got its point across.
“I think so,” Johnson said with a laugh. “I talked to some of their players after the game and they were finally giving us our props.”
UP NEXT: The Wolverines play MCFL rival Kings (Cincinnati) Comets at 7 p.m. Saturday at LaRue County High School in Hodgenville.
OR Bearcats 42 RC Riot 7
Lima Warriors 24
Grand Rapids Thunder 6
Thunder score their only points on a blocked field goal returned 76 yards for a touchdown. Warriors get a safety from Ty Carpenter, and Justin Henderson fires 3 touchdown passes in the 2nd half to Joe Butcher and a pair to Kaene Runion. Carpenter also added 2 sacks. Warriors are now the conference leaders in the WFC of the USFA at 6-1.
Jets defense scores 2 Tds via Int and 1 safety. QB Joey Hayes threw three Tds (Brian Weaver, Sheldon Harris, and Eric Robinson)
Jets next head to Youngstown to take on division rival 5-1 Steel Valley Hardhats
1 2 3 4 F
East Central Wolverines 0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis Stampede 12 8 15 7 42
Stat are posted for the Wildcats vs Pirates game.
You can find the here http://www.mcpirates.com/mcpirates/statistics.aspx
Wildcats 34 yards 29 plays 2 first downs
Pirates 192 yards 49 plays 17 first downs
Wildcats 19 Att 23 Yards
Pirates 39 Att 143 Yards
Wildcats 4 comp / 10 att / 2 int / 11 yards
Pirates 4 comp / 16 att / 2 int / 49 yards
Wildcats 2 120 yards 1 TD
Pirates 2 21 yards