The Columbus Lions got a little help from the Fayetteville Guard over the weekend in securing the South Division title and home-field advantage for the playoffs.
Columbus (10-3) and Fayetteville (8-5) went into the weekend with only one victory separating them and a head-to-head matchup another week away. The Lions topped the Florence Phantoms 61-12 on Friday, and the Guard fell 45-40 at the Carolina Speed on Saturday, taking some of the pressure off of Columbus.
The Lions will finish the regular season on Saturday at Fayetteville in a preview of their first-round playoff game to be played at the Civic Center on July 6.
With either a Columbus victory over Fayetteville or a Reading Express loss at the Harrisburg Stampede on Saturday, the Lions also would claim the right to host through the championship round. The second-round games are tentatively scheduled for July 13.
The Lions are 7-0 at home this season and took comfort in knowing they would be hosting Fayetteville in the first round.
“It’s a big deal for us to be home,” Columbus coach Jason Gibson said. “The crowds the last few home games have been just amazing.”
Playoff tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $10-$30 and season-ticket holders have the opportunity to secure the seats they purchased through the regular season.