The SteelHawks are still tied for first-place in the PIFL, but there’s little room for error as we come down the home stretch. They’ll be in action at the PPL Center tomorrow night versus the Richmond Raiders. Here’s what you need to know to get ready for the game:
|Lehigh Valley Steelhawks*||6||2||.750||407||336|
|*Denotes Non-Conference Win|
News and Notes
After having last weekend off to observe Memorial Day, there’s not been a lot of news out of SteelHawks’ camp. All signs point to QB Shane McSweeny starting the game as per usual, after he started the last game. He had missed time on the road trip game and the loss to Columbus (GA) the previous week.
Another note is to keep in mind that we’re looking for “top two” in the standings above–playoffs are top four, but we’ve “been there, done that.” We need the top two to host the game at the PPL Center in Allentown, where the SteelHawks are currently undefeated.
Opponent: The Richmond Raiders come in sporting a high-flying offense which will put pressure on the home-town SteelHawks in two ways: First, on the defense to prevent scores. And, second, on the offense to put up enough points to win the game. Here are a couple notable Richmond rankings on the season:
Scoring Offence: (1)
Kicking Points: (1)
Total Offense: Yards: (1)
Total Offense: Touchdowns: (1)
Passing Offense: (2) (Alabama)
Passing: Completions: (1)
Passing: Yards: (1)
Field Goals: (1)
But, they’ve committed their share of turnovers, can’t run the ball to speak of, and haven’t been spectacular on defense. Richmond also hasn’t necessarily been a team to throw a ton of long passes, so perhaps defending the underneath will be important in this one.
As in the past, the SteelHawks will need to use the running game–in particular the QB draw–not only to move the chains and possess the ball, but to keep the QB upright and provide for passing opportunities by helping the O-Line. I’d like to see more deep attempts by the offense, and we’ll need some interceptions as we’ve been getting in the home games so far. Also, look for Larry Ford and his friends on defense to get after QB Jonathan Bane. Bane’s top targets, dangerous receivers, are Gerron Bryant and Devin Wilson. Richmond also has one of the top kicking games in the league–The SteelHawks will need to convert their extra points, score some uno’s and make their field goals in order to come out on top in the game.
Broadcast: Service Electric SE50/550HD (Reading Baseball on TV2)
Promotion: Scout Night. First 1,500 fans get a free hat!
Halftime: Pocono Mountain East Marching Band
Kram: 62-60, SteelHawks
Dan: 51-49, SteelHawks–comes down to last-second FG attempt
DiPro: [Not available at press time]
Jimmy T: 47-40 SteelHawks
See you at the arena–Mrs Kram attending her first SteelHawks game tomorrow!