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Colonials to face Troy in playoffs

September 8, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - It is division championship weekend in the Northeastern Football Alliance and the Glove Cities Colonials are in the hunt.

Tonight, the Colonials will face the defending NFA champion Troy's Fighting Irish under the lights at Schenectady High School for the NFA East Division title. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

It will be the third time this season the two teams have met. Troy won both of those meetings by scores of 42-6 and 56-20.

However, beating a team three times can be a difficult task, as the Colonials found out two weeks again against the Utica yard Dawgs.

"We found that out two weeks ago with Utica and we hope to change that t his week," Colonials head coach Matt Capano said. "They came to play and almost caught us off guard. We should have been ready but we started to play better after we had a couple of mistakes just due to lack of practice. But once we got rolling, we seemed to be all right and our defense stiffened up at the end when we needed it. We got the win 14-9 and we will take it."

The Fighting Irish have not seen live action since they played the Colonials on Aug. 11 due to bye weeks and a forfeit by the Cortland Bulldogs.

"It is a whole new ball game," Capano said. "They have had a month off and we are hoping they come into the game a little bit rusty and we will be able to jump out on top."

The Colonials also have added a few wrinkles to their attack.

"We are going to change up the defense a little bit with a 5-4 or 4-4," Capano said. 'We will change it up a bit and see what works. We also will change the personnel up a little bit from what we have been using and see what works for us."

Troy reported also will have personnel changes.

"We understand they have switched back to their original starting quarterback [Ryan Job] from Jahmel Traver," Capano said. "Traver is a scamper and was running around back there and gave us all sorts of trouble."

The winner of tonight's game will take on the winner of the West Division championship game between the Buffalo Gladiators and the Finger Lakes Impact next week at a sight to be determined.

"We are going to give it our best shot," Capano said. "If all of the stars lineup we will come away with a victory. The are ranked No. 3 in the nation and if we lose our season is done and we want to keep playing."



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