Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 8, 2010

Wolves eager to play Indy

Tornados handed Wolves one of 2 losses this season


TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Wolves spent several hours Thursday breaking down tape of the Indianapolis Tornados.

They know their opponent for Saturday's second round playoff game.

On the flip side, Indianapolis also knows Traverse City quite well after coming to northern Michigan in August and beating the Wolves 34-11.

Saturday's rematch is set for 7 p.m. at Thirlby Field.

"It's going to be a hard battle," Wolves coach Brad Haney said. "If we do the little things I've been stressing, we feel like we can win. But we know it isn't going to be an easy one."

The Wolves advanced to the second round after a 9-2 road win over Capital City last week, a team TC also lost to in the regular season.

"We know we had prepared a different gameplan and they had no answer for it," Haney said. "It was cold and nasty and that worked out in our favor."

TC used a wildcat formation and moved utility player Holsey James to quarterback. He scored a touchdown and finished with 64 yards on 14 carries.

Both teams come in to Saturday's second-round game with 9-2 records after the Tornados got past the LaCrosse Rough Riders last week.

"They run the ball well and have a good receiver," Haney said. "They like to get the ball in his hands and let him make plays."

Indianapolis was one of two teams to beat the Wolves at Thirlby Field this season. Capital City also won 22-12 in the regular season finale.

While TC is undefeated on the road, they're still glad to have the home-field advantage for Saturday's game.

"It's always good to play at home," Haney said. "We love playing in front of our crowd, but I think we play with some nervousness. We just have to understand that they're there to be our 12th man."

The winner of Saturday's game will take on either the No. 1-seeded Nashville Storm or the Dubuque Bruisers next week in the NFC Central Super Region.