Frisco Fights for 4-0
After playing in front of an electric home crowd, the Frisco Fighters (3-0) are headed to Worcester, Mass. to face off against the Massachusetts Pirates (3-2) for the first time. The game kicks off at 6:05 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 12.
The Pirates are a talented team with a roster full of playmakers, including quarterback Alejandro Bennifield and running back Justin Stockton, who have both been named the IFL's Player of the Week.
"They're very talented," said head coach Clint Dolezel. "Honestly from top to bottom, this is the most talented team we have played so far. We've really gotta stay focused. Going on the road and traveling so far, we have to make sure to hydrate and take care of our bodies. We're pretty beat up right now - so we just need to do our job, as always."
The Fighters' last game against Duke City was riddled with injuries, and with a 21-man active roster, those injuries can be devastating. Thankfully the coaches have curated a versatile 30-man roster, each player ready to step up when necessary.
"We mentioned it going into last game; we have a 21-man roster and nine guys not playing," said Dolezel. "You could see some heads drop, and I said, 'Hey guys, we played two games already going into this one, and we hadn't put the same group on the field yet.' As much as I hate to say it and don't want it to happen, injuries are a part of the game."
If and when those injuries happen, Dolezel is confident that there are 30 men who can play.
Coming off a win in front of a sold-out home crowd, the Fighters are flying to Massachusetts with talented guys like DeMarcus Felton, who had a career-high 5 touchdowns against Duke City, kicker Bryce Crawford, who clinched the win in the winding seconds of last week's game, and arena veteran quarterback Johnathan Bane, who threw for 192 yards and four touchdowns against Duke City.
"It's always easier to coach off a win," Dolezel said. "We did a lot of things good on the offensive side, which was pleasing - we struggled a bit during the first two weeks. Defense didn't really step up and play well, but [Duke City] had a good connection from Davis to Davis, so a lot of things to learn from and that's always the key."
Although Frisco's last game was exciting, Dolezel doesn't want this next game to come down to the final drive. The Fighters are looking to remain undefeated and improve to 4-0 this weekend.
Live stream the game on the Indoor Football League's YouTube channel or listen to Dave Barnett call the game live on 95.3 KHYI.
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