After taking last year off, Hiawayi Robinson Falcons now just one win away from returning to the APDFL Championship Game
After taking last season off, the Hiawayi Robinson Falcons now find themselves just one game away from getting back to the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League Championship Game as they travel to Jackson, Miss., on Saturday to take on the Mississippi Dynasty.
“This is one of the two teams that beat us earlier in the season, so it’s kind of a revenge game also,” Falcons general manager Donald Robinson told Developmental Football USA. “When we took last year off, the Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters won the championship the year we took off. Earlier in the season, we beat them, so it shows us that we’ve still got it.”
The Dynasty knocked off the Bounty Hunters last weekend 16-3 to advance to the semifinals, while the Falcons knocked off the Mobile Generals 36-12. In the previous meeting between the Dynasty and the Falcons, Mississippi pulled away with a 37-12 win.
“I know the first time we played them, we didn’t have our whole team there, so this weekend we’ll be more prepared,” Robinson said. “We’ll have the majority of our team there, so we’ll be more confident knowing our key players will be there.”
Offensively, the Falcons will look to the talented wide out duo of James Matthews and Tahree Mims to get loose and open up the game.
“James is a multidimensional wide receiver, because he also plays slot and some quarterback,” Robinson said. “He does kick off and punt returns also, so he’s multidimensional and can be implemented different ways in our offense.
“Tahree Mims is also multidimensional and he can play linebacker or safety. We got him back on defense too. One of our major problems early this year was on defense, a couple of our key players got hurt, so we had to shuffle some guys around the make up for that.”
“We have cornerback Sherman Darrington and safety Jessie Brazelton,” Robinson said. “Sherman is more of a lockdown corner that can also play outside linebacker and Jessie is a safety that can also play corner. “
Ellis Lankster, who played for West Virginia, the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills, and former South Alabama Jaguar Margo Reed round out the Falcons’ secondary.
“They’re probably going to throw the same offense at us that they did before,” Robinson said. “We’re just going to be more prepared for it this time.”
The Dynasty’s only loss of the season came at the beginning of the season, 21-14 at the hands of the Bounty Hunters. This weekend, the Falcons are looking to hand them loss number two.
“A win this weekend would be huge, because we would be right back in the championship again,” Robinson said. “If we win the championship this year, this would be our third championship in this league and the only time we didn’t win it in this league was the one we took off ,which was last year.”
The winner of Saturday’s game will play the winner of the Prattville Patriots and Opelika Chiefs in the APDFL Championship.