I dislike the New England Patriots. There are a variety of reasons why, but one of them is that every time that team faces adversity, fans and media always say how they’ll now play “with a chip on their shoulder.” They use other terminology, too, to infer that that particular team has the unique ability to just turn it on and win easily at any point they so desire. I find it interesting that no other NFL team is ever credited with having that ability to raise their game, or go to another level, or use emotion to play better. Nope, it’s only the Patriots. Aren’t they special?
Today I look for the SteelHawks to play with a chip on their proverbial shoulders. After a shocking loss two weeks ago, they’re going to be looking for redemption. They’re also going to need to keep winning and to maintain tie-breaks in order to solidify their playoff position.
It’s a 7:05PM kickoff on Embassy Bank Field inside the PPL Center in Allentown this evening versus the “Triangle Torch.” Doors open at 6:00PM, and the first 1,000 will receive a 6-pack cooler sponsored by ESSA Bank and Trust. A halftime performance by the Xcape Dance group is planned.
Here’s additional pregame information from the club:
STEELHAWKS AND TORCH SQUARE OFF FOR THE SECOND TIME
Triangle (Raleigh, NC) Makes the Trip to the Valley
Allentown, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (5-1) come into this game needing to get back to the level of play that is expected, and they are capable of, after suffering their first defeat of the season. The number one seed in the North Division is still within reach, but they need to take care of business in their last two games. This Saturday they host Triangle Torch (3-3), of Raleigh, NC, in their second matchup this season. Kickoff is at 7:00pm on Embassy Bank Field inside the PPL Center.
In their first matchup, the Hawks’ soundly defeated the Torch. In the absence of Lehigh Valley’s leading scorer, WR Brandon Renford, WR Darius Prince (7 catches for 156 yds) took over – catching five touchdown passes, tying the Steelhawks single game touchdown reception record. WR Jerrell Young (2 catches for 56 yds) chipped in two touchdowns as well.
The defense had a great game as well, as five different players (Williams, Shirk, Hume, Frain, Neysmith) grabbed an interception, of which two were returned for touchdowns. The defensive front recorded two sacks but put QB Garrett Sutphen (19 of 42, 184 yds, 3 tds, 5ints) under pressure constantly.
But that was week two. Now in week 10, coming off their first loss of the season, Lehigh Valley needs to refocus and return to the level of play they are capable of in order to get the result they want. The Torch will test the Steelhawks’ resolve to get back on track. Triangle’s season has been up and down but they have been playing well as of late, winning two of the last three – defeating Winston and Central Penn and narrowly losing to Philadelphia after leading for much of the game.
The Torch has many veteran players on their roster capable of leading a quality team. The Steelhawks will need to play a full 60 mins of tough, focused football in all phases of the game to get the win. A win for the Steelhawks will clinch the team a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season.
See you at the arena,