With their season on the line, the Streets are on the road Saturday night for a game against the Lions in Columbus (7pm YoutTube) that could very well decide who gets the fourth and final spot in the National Arena League Playoffs. Both teams are 3-8 heading into this showdown and the contest really is a playoff game.
The winner gets the upper hand and the loser has a steeper climb to a playoff spot, especially the Streets who have already lost to the Lions this season and would lose a head to head tie-breaker if they lose on Saturday night.
“It’s a do or die game, said Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “We’ve been in every game this season except one. We need to find a way to dig deep and make our run.”
Despite a seven game losing streak, the Streets are still alive for a playoff spot and are coming off of their most frustrating loss of the season, a 54-52 loss to Massachusetts this past Friday night on a sixty yard field goal with no time remaining. In that game, Streets rookie quarterback David Legree turned in his best performance of the season throwing for 264 yards and six touchdowns while also scoring on a touchdown run.
He’s still looking for his first win and if he gets it on Saturday, it would move him a step closer to having the chance to compete in the post-season.
“This week, its win or go home,” said Legree. “More than ever before. We’ve been close but being close won’t get you into the playoffs or win you a ring.”
Normally a seven game losing streak would rip a team apart and could just lead to a snowball heading downhill towards the end of the season. But this Streets team, even with all of the recent changes to the roster, are a tight-knit group and as long as they are alive for a playoff spot, they’re going to battle for it.
“We’re full of confidence,” said wide receiver Rob Jones who has 57 catches for 732 yards and 18 touchdowns. “Were just a family going through tough times and have to depend on each other in order to have our breakthrough. We have been only one or two plays away from being victorious on multiple occasions so we know if we keep competing and believing in each other we can accomplish our goals.”
Edgar Allen Poe leads the Streets in receiving with 68 catches for 812 yards and 18 touchdowns while Devonte Jenkins has 64 catches for 726 yards and 17 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, linebacker Anthony Johnson leads the Streets with 36.5 tackles to go along with two interceptions
For Columbus, quarterback Luke Collins has thrown for 2,340 yards and 51 touchdowns. Wide receiver Bones Bagaunte has 74 catches for 702 yards and 20 touchdowns while defensive back Seattle Fenteng is the Lions’ leading tackler with 41.5 tackles to go along with three interceptions and 20 pass breakups.
There are three weeks to go before the playoffs, but make no mistake about it…the playoffs, for both the Streets and the Lions, begin on Saturday night in Columbus, Georgia.
The Streets will play their regular season home finale on Sunday July 21st against the defending NAL Champion Carolina Cobras. Kickoff that night will be at 7pm. Individual tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or at the County Center box office. For season and group sales information, please call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.