The Saginaw Sting defeated the Dayton Silverbacks 41-25 before a good crowd at the Dow Event Center on Friday May 11th. With the only two remaining undefeated teams in the CIFL facing each other for the first time this season it promised to be an exciting game. The League earlier in the week decided to reduce the playoff format in the six team league down from 4 teams to the top 2 teams in just a Championship Game.
The winner of this game would host the CIFL Championship Game on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 7:30p.m. This season has seen the 6 team league struggle in fielding teams for all of the games. At least one game was postponed and another saw one team show up with only 6 players. They would use players from the opposing team just to play a contest. I question on how long this "League" can remain with these types of things happening.
One cannot fault the efforts of the ownership of this local team lead by former NFL player Stuart Schweigert. He has poured his time, effort and money into making this League a success this season. Fan support this year at the Dow has been good. But I'm not sure enough to make it financially successful for future seasons. The Sting already clinching a spot in the Championship Game will need to fill the rafters of the Dow Event Center on June 2 to make the season a big success.
Saginaw Sting quarterback Tommy Jones had another fine game against the undefeated Silverbacks and proved why he will most likely be named the Leagues MVP for the 2nd year in a row. Jones was 12 for 18 in the passing department and threw 4 touchdown passes. The Sting moved the ball all night long against a rather good defense with 41 first downs. Running back Heath Bartynski had another fine game helping protect Tommy Jones in the pocket and scored the final blow to Silverbacks with 55 seconds left.
The rematch for the 2012 CIFL title will be on Saturday June 2, 2012 @ 7:30p.m. on the Draper Auto Field at the Dow Event Center. Tickets are on sale now or by calling the Sting Front office. And to borrow a line from my fellow writer "See you down at the Dow."