Outlaws Look to Use Home Field Advantage in Semis Versus Rockets
Road to Vegas goes through Clarksville.
CLARKSVILLE, Tn.- The Tri-City Outlaws (8-0) have made it to the GDFL playoffs for most of the seasons they have played. For the second time in team history, they have home field advantage throughout playoffs. On Saturday, they will be tested by their rivals from Alabama, the Huntsville Rockets.
“We are excited that the road to Las Vegas will come through Clarksville, said Outlaw owner Derrick Bracey Sr. “Our defense hasn’t given up a point all season so this will be a great test. The Middle Tennessee teams and Alabama teams have been going at it for years. This should be fun and exciting.”
That defense has a lot of players with playoff experience. The line is led by DE Romeo Gilbert and DT AJ Hill. MLB Myke Hendricks calls the defensive signals. The secondary is solid as well led by Randall “Bay Bay” Smith and Decoreya Miller. All of them have played in GDFL championship games for the Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs. Gilbert, Hill, Hendricks, and Smith also played for the Nashville Storm.
The offense is led by two-way player Anthony Dyson. Dyson, along with Tam “Six” Key and Tyron Moore give QBs John Cooper and Nick Leveretter one of the top receiving corps in the GDFL. Another former Bulldawg Dez Burnley anchors the offensive line.
“We have some unfinished business to attend to,” said Hendricks. “I only have one GDFL ring. We have been to the championship game three other times and lost. We are hungry and want to bring that gold trophy back to Middle Tennessee.”
The Rockets won’t be an easy task. WR Darren Clark caught three TDs in last week’s 32-28 first round victory over the Columbus Fire. Clark also made a crucial third down catch late in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive.The defense is stout as well, led by Trey Hayes and Thomas Sims. Both players harass the QB and are big play magnets. The Rockets implore a bend but not break approach. They also have learned the importance and sticking together during adversity.
“This week’s game will be a tough one,” said Rocket owner Nick Benjamin. “They are undefeated and tough on defense. We need to prevent the big plays, control the sticks, and not make mistakes. I feel this will come down to special teams. They have some dangerous returners, so we need to be solid. We need to be sound in all three facets of the game to move on.”
The winner of the game will take on the winner of the winner of the Syracuse Strong-Upstate Predator game.