The CRAFL Playoffs are in full swing with last weeks Wild Card Weekend. The West Texas Drillers and Texas Mustangs move forward into the playoffs.
Going purely off of standings, here is a preview of the upcoming games this weekend.
Starting in the North Conference, the West Texas Drillers travel to play the West Texas Pride. The Pride are the 2nd seeded team in the playoffs and with good reason. In ten games, they have allowed 8.4 points per game. They don’t score as many points but the most important thing in any game, is to score more than the opponent. The Drillers do score quite a bit and may have the advantage. The Pride defense will need to play lights out so that they can advance to the next round.
The North Texas Orcas travel to play the West Texas Lions. The Lions are stingy on defense and outscore the Orcas by an average of 7 points per game. The Lions have the scoring advantage and the home field but always watch out for the underdogs.
The Lonestar Rhinos host the Dallas Vikings. The winner of this game will play the well rested, North Texas Stampede. The Vikings have the defense advantage as they allowed 20 points less for the season than the Rhinos. Both teams come in at near .500 records (Vikings 6-4 and the Orcas 5-5). This could be a close game because of the numbers.
In the South, the Texas Mustangs take on defending CRAFL champions, the Houston Ducks. The Ducks and Mustangs met during the regular season as the Ducks squeaked by with a 21-17 victory. The Ducks are in playoff mode and want to become the first team in league history to win back-to-back CRAFL championships. Expect the Ducks to put into the next gear and move forward in the playoffs.
The Austin Xtreme host the San Antonio Warriors in a clash of the titans. These two storied franchises played each other during the regular season and the Xtreme won by twelve points, 36-24. Both teams can light up the score board but expect the defense to step up. For which team? Hard to tell as the difference in points is by seven points. Last game was won by twelve, expect a closer game this go around.
The Austin Vipers and Capital City Bison will line it up on Saturday and this will be a game to watch. They met during the regular season with the Bison losing by two points, 14-12. The Bison rely on the strength of their defense. The Vipers average 34 points a game. The Vipers want to play the Victoria Hurricanes. Team owner Hank Morris of the Vipers wants nothing more than to face off against fellow owner and friend Rudy Guzman.