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Osceola's Sumner can go home, or at least beat his hometown team, Sunday

March 16, 2007 - World Indoor Football League 2 (WIFL 2) - Osceola Ghostriders News Release

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Nothing like facing a team from your hometown for extra motivation.

When Osceola Ghostrider quarterback Brandon Sumner lines up against the Daytona Beach Thunder Sunday afternoon, it'll be just like the times at Mainland High School when the Bucs played Seabreeze in that city's famed cross-town rivalry.

"I'm going to treat this like any other rivalry," said Sumner. "There's a little extra incentive playing Daytona Beach."

Sumner admitts he's truly looking forward to the Ghostriders' first appearance in his hometown on April 22. Until then, Daytona Beach travels to Kissimmee again on April 7.

"I'm jacked up ready for that game," Sumner said. "I want to play in front of the home crowd again."

Osceola is almost home, with the Ghostriders featurning numerous former University of Central Florida players as well as many players Sumner faced in high school.

"We got a good situation here," Sumner said.

Ghostriders coach Marquette Smith has been satisfied with Sumner's performance so far this season.

"He's made some rookie mistakes and some things that come from being out of the game a little while," Smith said. "But I think he's going to get better and better."

This is the first meeting between the World Indoor Football League's two Florida teams in what everyone is hoping becomes another version of the famed "War on I-4" between the AFL's Tampa Bay Storm and Orlando Predators.

Kickoff is 4 p.m. with live audiocast on the WIFLInternetwork beginning 15 minutes earlier. Live scoring updates will be available on the two team sites -- and and

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