Good Morning, SupaNation. I am itchin to get this week's predictions out more than Brett Farve is itchin to destroy his legacy and alienate his fans. This should be a good week of games as things seem to be taking shape around the region. Those NFL guys are in camp now, and the college and HS kids are not far behind. It's beginning to smell a lot like football. Let's get to it!
Indianapolis Stampede @ Ohio River Bearcats
While the Stampede have emerged with more fuel (it's pun time, kids) than expected, it is hard to imagine that their tanks will be big enough for what the Bearcats bring to the table. Last week's win over the ECW is a tough nut to crack, but my people tell me that it is much more about the weakness of the boys from Blackford than the strength of the Stampede. Time will tell, but my money is on the hosts, and big.
Kings Comets @ Hardin County Wolverines
There was once a day when the mere mention of the Kings Comets wrought fear and loathing far and wide. These days, the loathing is intact- but mostly accompanied by yawns. The Comets are deep up front (something every team wishes for) but have no impact skill players.The Wolverines on the other hand have plenty of skill and experience to go with it. This will be the week that the Wolverine running game gets rolling.
Detroit Ravens @ Indiana Mustangs
The Mustangs seem to be timeless. The team has been around - in one form or another- as long as any other. They've boasted some great defenses and great passing attacks, but they have never quite put it all together. The Ravens on the other hand, have it together and have kept it that way. They play a wide-open brand of football and travel very well. The Mustangs, I am afraid, are due for another mediocre season.
Indiana Titans @ Chicago Thunder
The Titans take the trip across the state line looking for something that so few have achieved these last years: a win over the Thunder. The guys from Cook County have gotten their feet wet in 2008, but just barely. They faced an athletic but very disorganized and Wolverines team- but worked out a few things in that game. The Titans come off a heartbreaking loss to the Lions- and as such have proven that they are no joke. Were the venue different, there might be a chance- but this one goes to the host Thunder.
Lake County Steelers @ Leyden Lions
The Steelers just can't make it work. The "Region" is full of talent from the state line to the east side of LaPorte (shouts to my man C. Bell)- but the Steelers have never found a way to make it work. This year does not appear to be anything out of the ordinary as the "men of steel" were shellacked by the Mustangs. The trip to Leyden will not be pleasant for the guys from Lake County. The good news is that the Lions D is down and they will get on the board.
East Central Wolverines @ Indiana Cardinals
The news is not and has not for some time been good for the Wolverines. In the wild and wacky world of border region football, the Wolverines have not found themselves in the best position. It's not for lack of will or organization, but the Wolverines are a year and several players form where they need to be. The Cardinals, still finding themselves, will win the day with a convincing running game and a couple of big take-aways.
Mid Ohio Jets @ Steel Valley Hardhats
The MOJ has hit a stride that is hard to imagine any squad in the region knocking them off of. The trip out to see the Hardhats will not be as nasty as the Jet's home shellacking was- that is the good news. The Jets have a running game that leaves secondaries running scared, and the depleted Hardhats will show very little resistance. The Hardhat offense has gone into hibernation, and one doubts that it will come out this week. Ho-Hum, another huge win for the MOJ.
Cinci Falcons @ Tri State Titans
The Falcons come to the Tri-State region and hope to get their offense up and running. The bad news is that they face one of the best defenses in the MOFL. While the skill players behind Cooke's offensive line still have plenty of talent, they have yet to figure out how to light up the scoreboard. This game will be a yawner, but another feather in the cap of the emerging Titans.
Madison County Pirates @ Randolph County Riot
Another week and another trip to Winchester. This week's game should be better than it looks on paper as these teams are well matched up- despite differential outcomes thus far in the season. The Riot being at home give another advantage to a team most would not pick. The Riot- true to that border region tradition- will hit hard whistle to whistle, and have guys who really understand the game. The Pirates have several good minds and a lot more speed. Yet another eek-ed out win for the Pirates.
Ohio Outlawz @ Lima Warriors
The Warriors did what they needed last week to prove to everyone that the early season stumble was a fluke. While the Outlawz are serious business and know how to quickly make turnovers into points, they'll not get those opportunities in Lima. The Outlawz offense will have to try to put together sustained drives and will not have the field position they are used to. The Warriors have gotten back on track big time, especially in terms of taking care of the ball. This game is a test, but the Warriors will pass.
Adams County Patriots @ West Central Wildcats
The doubters and the haters and the Earl conspiracy theorists seem to come out of the woodwork when trying to explain the success of the Pats, but the bottom line is that they've built a solid team from the ground up- something that should be the envy of every team out there. They are back for real in 2008, by the way. The word on the street is that a few linemen finally got themselves to practice. The Clay County Cats will be wishing that they didn't- if there is a dry field in Brazil, the Pats will come out on top and big.
Indiana Cutters @ Kosciusco County Mustangs
Can the pride of Bloomington bring their ground-oriented high octane brand of football to Bourbon and get it done? You bet. About the time that members of the Cutters team were winning Mr Football awards, playing D-1 ball and dominating football for other minor-league teams (back almost ten years ago now), the Triton team that shares its home with the Mustangs was in the midst of a world class losing streak. It won't rub off on the talented but short-benched Mustangs, but they'd not have a chance even if it rubbed off on the visitors. The Cutters are the REAL DEAL. Take note.
Indiana Generals @ West Ohio Wranglers
Troy's boys will keep their word and make it all the way out to Uniopolis- a thing the Wranglers were not able to do back in Indy. The WOW are for sure a different team that the happless and helpless team of yore. The question, of course, is what the Generals will bring to the table- especially after the long road trip. In spite of some serious and upright characters running the show for the Generals, the rank and file (I can't stop with the puns this morning) don't seem to be up to par. The Generals had big hopes of getting over the hump this season, but an early loss to an emerging WOW squad will not bode well.
Miami Valley Warriors @ SWO Blazers
The MVW have more games under their belt than any other team in the IFL, and that is a good thing. Their relative inconsistency across the span of those games, however, is not. The Warriors looked early to be the toast of the Bronco-less IFL, but it has become clearer with each passing day that the crown is the Blazers to lose. The team from Butler County has a few monster playmakers that might well be the best athletes in the league. While the Warriors have their share of solid football players, they will be overmatched on the road and will be looking for revenge down the line.
Miami County Blitz @ Miami County Vikings
If you are looking for a high scoring offensive show, you might just want to drive right on through Piqua this weekend. The Blitz will be traveling light to play a Vikings team that frankly has not gotten over the hump as many had expected. There are two things Brian Raber does not believe in: having a website, or having flashy offensive minded squads. Somehow, in the middle of the cornfields, that formula has continued to work. The Vikings will struggle to get anything at all going offensively, but will play tough on defense. Look for more Viking turnovers than first downs in this one.
Golly gee, folks. The prediction machine is smoking and sputtering and in need of a long weekend to cool down. Let's hope you all are able to do the same while playing in the dog day heat this weekend. Remember to let the pads to the talking- that kind of approach always makes your Mommas proud.
Oh and that's the East Central Wolverines I'm talking about. Tired. Ten hour days do that to you.
GENERALS 27 WRANGLERS 0
QTR 1 GENERALS JESSE PARSLEY 17 YD RUN (CLAWSON KICK)
GENERALS - JUNE MONSANTO 51 YD PUNT RETURN (CLAWSON KICK)
QTR 2 GENERALS - TONY LAWS 52 TD PASS FROM PATRICK WOOD
QTR 4 - BRIAN STACKER 2 YD RUN ( KICK FAILED )
CORRECTION - BRIAN STACKER'S RUN WAS APPROX 21 YDS
Great game, Mustangs up 20-0 at halftime, but the cutters fought their way back. Mustangs were aided by OUTSTANDING play by number 36, Gross. He had some SICK catches!
Pirates 28 - Riot 12
Stats to be posted tomorrow.
This game lived up to they hype. Great defensive performances to both teams.
Racine Threat 50
Bolingbrook Buccaneers 14
From Harrison High School in Evansville, Indiana
Tri-State Titans 48
Cincinnati Falcons 0
Leyden Lions 32
Lake County Steelers 12
Chicago Thunder 49
Indiana Titans 0
Lima Warriors 46
Ohio Outlawz 20
Warriors clinch our 5th division title in 8 years.
Justin Henderson throws 5 touchdown passes in the win.
Dustin Hunt returns an interception 63 yards for a score. Warriors are at Mt. Carmel(Cincinnati) next week.
That is our 5th STRAIGHT division title in 8 years.
great game by both teams, good luck to the warriors the rest of the year.
Indiana Warriors 24
Genesee County Patriots 14
COACH HENDRICKS, DIDN'T MENTION THE OUSTANDING JOB
THE GENERALS DEFENSE DID.
A.C. Patriots 32
W.C. Wildcats 0
The Wildcats played one helluva game especially when they only had 16 players in uniform. They are for real, and if they can get their numbers up, they will be dangerous.
Stats are posted for the Pirates @ Riot games.
Go to http://www.mcpirates.com/mcpirates/statistics.aspx
Standout Stats of the Game
Offensive Yards : Pirates 199 Riot 128
Passing Yards: Pirates 125 Riot 128 (Including one 85 yard for Riot TD)
Rushing Yards: Pirates 75 Riot -16
Tackles for Lost: Pirates 8 for -57 Riot 1 for -4
Penalties: Pirates 9 for 96 Riot 7 for 65
4th Down Conversions %: Pirates 66% Riot 0%
MFL fan, you are incorrect. Scoring was as follows, 1st quarter, Pirates TB #53 sweep for TD, sucessful 2 pt conversion. Second Quarter: Pirates Field Goal. Third, Pirates Field Goal. Fourth Quarter: Riot Pass from #10 to #13 over the middle for 5 yards TD with missed PAT. Pirates #49 forces a fumble by the riot recovered by 56 for TD, PAT was good.(there was a flag on the play agansit the riot. for what i don't remember, we declined it and therefore it was a TD) ( i will agree the refs were not very clear with this call but as with many times in this game, unfortunately the refs flags controlled the game) ( i am in no way complaining about the officating crew, they did what they could with 4 people. The way games are called by refs are a part of semi-pro football)
Finally the riot scored near the end of the 4th quarter with a 85 yard pass for TD with a missed PAT for a final score of 28 to 12
All of this was verified by game film yesterday. If you would like I will post a play by play but I think that will not need to be necessary.
Mid Ohio Jets 14
Steel Valley Hardhats 6
Supa Fan, this was a great battle in the trenches and in the mud. The Jets had no problem moving the football between the 20s, but the Hardhats Red Zone D stiffened up mixed with some unlikely drop passes from Jet Wrs led to a close game.
The Jets Defense stuffed the Hardhats on the goaline to end the game with 2 mins left.
The Hardhats only losses this season are to the Jets.
Ok, so we don't YET have a scoreboard. But we DO have 5 yd lines and hash marks on the field.
Just to throw out there... the riot had the ball at the start of the fourth quarter and they scored... dont remmember the pirates scoring at the beginning of the fourth. Just re check the film, that wont lie