The National Developmental Football League Championship is this Saturday, and for the Dalton Danger it’s an opportunity to pick up another huge win.
Of course, the championship game means a lot more than the last one, but it was the win over the Augusta Ducks that got the Danger into the big game in the first place.
“The team was very well prepared for the big game, knowing the circumstances it was really a championship type atmosphere,” Danger head coach Jeremiah Hammond told Developmental Football USA. “During our preparation, during the week we knew their front four was solid and had a strong reputation in the league. We used a mixture of zone runs to open those linebackers up for the slant passes, which was very crucial in the second quarter when we took a 17-7 lead going into half. Defensively, we felt we’ve been able to match up with any team thus far. We expected a defensive game, but I think our depth was a huge reason for the lopsided win.”
Calling the game lopsided is a bit of an understatement from Hammond. The Danger dominated the Ducks, winning 34-15. Unfortunately for their championship game opponents, the South Carolina Bulls, more of the same is expected from Dalton. The Danger enter the title bout at 13-0 and are 15-point favorites over the 10-2 Bulls.
According to defensive tackle, Malen High, part of the key to success for the Danger is communication. That is a direct result of teamwork, and it starts up front with the ownership and coaching staff. There’s a trust between everyone in the organization, and it allows the players to do what they do best on the field.
Of course, community engagement is a huge part of the Danger’s success as well.
“A huge shoutout to the community for coming out and supporting us these last few games,” High said. “I’d love nothing more than to see the fans in Atlanta on the 24th. I look forward to bringing the championship through Dalton.”
Offensively, look for wide receiver C.J. Dial to play a big role for Dalton in the championship game. Quarterback Pat Moore called Dial one of the main leaders on the team, so much so that he’s even played a big role in helping Moore run the offense and read coverages.
“He has also played a big part at the wide receiver position for us in critical downs,” Moore said of Dail.
Specifically speaking about this weekend’s championship game with the Bulls, that old familiar word came up again with Moore: teamwork.
“It will take us playing together as a team like we have been doing all season to beat the Bulls,” he explained. “We have seen many defensive schemes that try to stop our offense but we some way or another conquer them.”
B.J. Stewart Jr., a defensive end and tight end on the team, echoed his quarterback’s sentiments.
“It gonna to take a team effort to continue to do what we have done all season –play Danger football and stick to our game plan,” he said.
On offense, the Danger are simply focused on scoring points, and they believe the rest will follow. Defensively, the unit’s goal is to stay off the field. The more the Bulls have their defense on the field, the easier it will be for Dalton to score points.
Another lopsided win should follow if everything goes to plan.
Speaking of, the Danger is only one step away from accomplishing the main goal that was set on top of the game plan when this season began. Even more impressive is this: Consider the fact that this team came together only one year ago. They’ve accomplished a lot in a short period of time.
“Words cannot express what I think and feel for every player and every step our organization has made since we started this team one year ago,” Stewart Jr. exclaimed. “We’re one step away from accomplishing our goals — it’s going to be a fight. Best of luck to both teams.”
This game comes down to an experienced, well-oiled team in the Bulls against the new kids on the block trying to prove they belong: the Danger.
“Sound like a great ball game,” Stewart said.