Red Dogs look towards back to back wins in short week

04/16/03 Loyal Dog

Bismarck has the momentum, Rapid City is struggling.  That's all I can remember hearing this past week when the Rapid City Red Dogs went on the road to visit the Bismarck Roughriders.  They stopped saying that with 1.7 seconds left to go in the game this past Monday night.  As the dogs kicked off with a one point lead, which was added with 4.5 seconds on the clock by Aaron Turner, my connection to the game through the internet cut out.  It came back to hear Rocky and Bob sighing in relief, and it was then that I knew that the Dogs had secured the win. 

Bismarck is a very tough team, as anyone who has played them and either won or lost would know.  They know how to fight.  The Roughriders are much better than the 1-3 record that they post.  Their only win of the season came in Omaha, as they downed the Beef in their own house without any gravy, and anyone who knows NIFL football knows that is an almost impossible task.  Thanks to all the Bismarck players and fans who gave it their all and fell just 30 yards short of a win.

Rapid City, however, got back on the right track after back to back losses on the road and at home.  It was great to get that first road win of the season, and it was a hard earned one, not at all the way the defending champions the Ohio Valley Greyhounds have to play to get a win.  I personally would like to know who stacked the Atlantic East division with so many expansion teams.  The only competition the defending champs have is the Fort Wayne Freedom, which is actually a very good team for their inexperience.  Only time will tell how well they actually can fight.

The championship game runner-up, the Billings Outlaws, have fallen significantly this season, loosing to expansion team Utah Warriors two weeks in a row.  We have to wait until June 7th to play our first game with them, and the following week will be a rematch in Billings.  This week however the Red Dogs will be at home facing the visiting Utah Warriors in division play.  The Red Dogs are 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the division, while the Utah Warriors are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the division.  The Warriors are led by last years season MVP Danny Ragsdale, and the Red Dogs are led by the 2001 season MVP Terrance Bryant.  What a match-up this will be, with the last two seasons top two quarterbacks facing one another on the battlefield. 

I look for it to be a great game, with the Red Dogs coming out on top to give the Warriors their first loss of the season.  It will be an aerial display this Saturday night starting at 7:30 pm, so make sure you are there early as to not miss 1 second of the action.  In the NIFL, 1.7 seconds can change a game, or break some hearts.


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