Saturday, March 16th, seems to be big game weekend all around the country for teams that are already in season, but one game in The Sunshine State looks to be the biggest of them all as the Orlando Phantoms host the Miami “Magic City” Bulls.
“This game is pretty big,” Phantoms owner Michael Torres told Developmental Football USA “You have two good organizations who are used to big games and have great athletes on both sides of the ball. It should be fun.”
These two teams are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the Southeast Top 20 and No. 3 and No. 4 in the Florida Top 20
“This match-up is pretty big,” Bulls owner and head coach Trenard Cook told Developmental Football USA. “It’s really for bragging rights right now. It doesn’t count as a win or loss for either team, but neither of us want to lose.”
While it might not affect either team’s league standing or playoff seeding, fans and media alike will definitely take note of the outcome.
“A win would mean a lot because we do not like to lose,” Cook said. “The outcome will definitely affect the power chatter, because to be considered the best team is determined by head-to-head matchups. That power shifts to the winner.”
To win this game, it’ll take the full team’s best effort and near flawless football as both squads can be unforgiving and not the type of team you want to get in a hole against.
“To beat the Bulls, we will have to play mistake free football and limit the big plays,” Torres said.”The Phantoms defense will have to step up big due to losing six guys to indoor football. Also, we will need our quarterback Torrance Brown to step up big and limit the mistakes.”
Knowing how an athlete like Brown can quickly change the course of the entire game, the Bulls know they’ll need to gameplan around him.
“We will need to get after their quarterback and force him to make mistakes and also try to contain Velton Brown,” Cook said. “Velton Brown for sure is very fast. He could take it to the house every time he touches the ball. We can’t let him have a big game. We will also need to limit our mistakes like penalties and turnovers. They have a very fast and aggressive defense. If we can neutralize their speed, we will be okay.”
Stopping the other team is just half of the puzzle. The Bulls will also need their breadwinners to step up and play lights out on both sides.
“We need a big game from George Williams Jr. and Darrian Allen on offense,” Cook said. “And we need Chris Gorden and Daryl Jaghai to have a big game on defense. If these players are having a big game, we are unstoppable.”
The Phantoms, however, aren’t singling out any particular Bull, because they know there’s a whole herd of them capable of causing damage if left unchecked.
“There’s no one player from the Bulls we are looking to focus all our efforts to stop,” Torres said. “We look to stop the Bulls period. Focus on one guy and other guys will beat you.”