Check Saturday's edition of the Ledger-Enquirer for a story about the Lions' defensive backs taking over in the SIFL this season, but here are some interesting leftovers from my interviews with players and coach Jason Gibson.
Gibson on Lafayette being winless: You can't really look at that. They had a new coach come in, and he's an (Arena Football League) guy, and he's trying to make sure he's got everyone in the right place. ... Later in the season, when they're settled in, they're going to be as good as anybody.
Lions DB Anthony Merritt on Lafayette looking for first win: They're a good team, and they've got a good coach who has won some (AFL and af2) championships, they're just trying to put together all the pieces of the puzzle now. We're just trying to make sure they don't put that puzzle together in Columbus.
Merritt on what he's seen on film of Lafayette: It's going to be a good game for sure. They've got a great quarterback. It's not going to be a 93-12 shellacking.
On the injury front, the Lions will still be without QB Todd Spitzer (probably three more weeks with torn MCL), but they get back DB Damian Daniels, who has not played since the season-opener and been suffering from a mild hamstring injury.
Saturday's game at the Civic Center is Military Appreciation Night, where the Lions will truck in 2,000 troops for the game. I remember talking to team owner John Hargrove about the crowd at last year's military appreciation night, and we agreed the support for the team was pretty impressive. And, as I recall, the Lions dance squad had never gotten more applause.
Here's the info from the Lions press release:
It’s a night that brings over 2,000 of our local troops stationed at Ft. Benning the chance to experience what the indoor game is all about, non-stopping fast-paced action. With many of the soldiers coming from basic training, this weekend is a chance for many of them to escape the vigorous amount of training that they have endured for the past couple of months.
Saturday is also a chance for Lions fans to salute members of the military whether past or present. Events lined up for the evening include a performance from The Center of Excellence Band, a buffet for the soldiers in attendance, and an appearance from General Michael Ferritar.
See you at the Civic Center tomorrow.
- Chris White