After rolling through National Conference Championship, Mississippi Dynasty is headed to New Orleans
Saturday in New Orleans, the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League Championship Game will be played between two teams who definitely proved last weekend they deserve to be there. In the National Conference Championship, the Mississippi Dynasty scored 41 points in the first half and went on to put away the Hiawayi Robinson Falcons 47-0 to advance to the championship game.
“I think the Falcons came in with the mindset that the first time we played, it was kind of raining, it was early in the year, they were off a full year, so they weren’t quite together,” Dynasty head coach Mike Lloyd told Developmental Football USA. “Maybe they did underestimate our defense, because it was a closer game the first time.
“They stated in their last interview, the only reason we beat them the first time is because they didn’t have their full team, so I guess this one was a statement game for us.”
Many of Mississippi’s leaders on both sides of the ball on played the first half. In just one half, running back Jabari Baker rushed 14 times for 109 yards and quarterback LeSteven Jackson completed seven of 12 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns and added 54 yards and three more scores on the ground on seven carries.
“We just stayed consistent and patient with the running game on offense and we really didn’t get outside of our gameplan, although it was a big game,” Lloyd said. “We leaned on our defense and they created some turnovers early in the game, and created some opportunities and we were able to capitalize.”
“I picked the Chiefs to win and they did exactly that in a dominant fashion,” Lloyd said. “I think, going into the championship game, the coaching staff of the chiefs and the players will show professionalism and be ready to redeem themselves. It’s their second year in the APDFL and they’ve already made it to two championships.”
If games were played on paper, fans could take the results from the conference championships, put them together and predict the APDFL Championship Game will be decided by just a few points. Then again, most people didn’t see last weekend’s outcomes coming, so anything can happen Saturday.
“They will be ready to play,” Lloyd said. “They will be prepared. The Dynasty will put their best foot forward in this game and continue to press. The Dynasty, we’ve been the underdogs all year but we don’t deserve anything yet. We haven’t won the championship, so we’ll have to put our best foot forward and go out and play football.”
Mistakes in football are always costly, but in a game between two of the most talented, most well coached and most disciplined teams, just one mistake could prove to be the difference.
“It’s going to take limited turnovers on offense and disciplined defensive play and the third aspect people usually overlook in football is special teams,” Lloyd said. “We can’t give up big plays on special teams. We want to win that battle on special teams, get positive yards on kickoff returns and punt returns and try not to have a lot of penalties. Everything like that will give you a chance to beat an elite team like the Chiefs.
Both teams are in their third season overall and their second season in the APDFL.
“A win for us would be great in our second year in the big leagues, in the APDFL,” Lloyd said. “Us being able to win a championship, coming off a 7-4 record last year, after having high expectations because our first year in existence as the Dynasty, we went 12-0 and won the championship in the Mississippi League. We didn’t live up to expectations the first year in the APDFL. This year, us making it to the championship is nice, but us winning it will put our program on a different level and keep our standards what it should be.”