The Oak City Lions, out of Durham, NC, and the Garden City Seahawks, out of Augusta, GA, will battle it out on Saturday, June 16th at Finley Stadium Davenport Field for the 2018 IAFL Phantom Horse Trophy.
The IAFL Playoffs have begun! So far there are no surprises. The North Carolina Division was delayed a week by weather but what has not changed is that the Lions and the Dragons are the favorites. In South Carolina, the Bulls and the Seahawks play in a rematch of an earlier 42-20 Bulls win but the Seahawks have home field advantage and are prepared to exact revenge.
In the Georgia region, it is what everyone thought that it would be as the Danger and Horseman prepare for round two after a Horseman overtime victory earlier in the season gave them the home field advantage in what arguably is the toughest region in the IAFL.
The Tri-State Wolves after an 8-0 regular season found themselves trailing the Knoxville Knights 8-6 when lightening postponed the game until June 2nd. The Knights are looking to become the only team not ranked in the final top twelve to win an IAFL Region title.
This weekend will certainly tell a great deal about who the true contenders are and while home field may play a huge role, it still will not be determined how the semi-fianls will break down until all the games are played. The League will be going live on Saturday night and will update scores from all over via Mevo!
Scottie Griffin and his South Georgia Guardians are now officially in the IAFL. The Guardians will take the schedule vacated by the North Georgia Steelers, who decided not to compete in the 2018 IAFL Spring season. Scottie brings a young but excited group of players led by head coach Mark Merrill, assistant coach Desmand Wilson, offensive coordinator Blue Young and defensive coordinator Joseph Hanna. The Guardians will host the Riverdale Spartans on March 3, 2018 to open the season. The Riverdale Spartans and the South Georgia Guardians are both in the IAFL ‘Darkseid Division’.
Chuck Hoyle is a firefighter who was recently injured on the job. He is also the owner of the Marion Rhinos. In the last few months, the Rhinos have faced the challenges that so many young semi-pro teams have to deal with. The Rhinos do not have huge numbers and even some coaches have lost faith and have moved on; however, Chuck Hoyle is just as determined as a team owner as he is risking his life as a firefighter. Many teams have questioned the Rhinos’ ability to compete in the IAFL this season, and while it is not determined at what level they may compete, they will most definitely show up.
Chuck has announced the addition of a new co-owner, that will be named at a later date, and the Rhinos will continue on and plan to compete for the Rapture Division title. While the Rhinos may not be ready to compete for the IAFL Championship this season, we fully expect them to return next year improved and on a mission.