BY JAMES COOK
TRAVERSE CITY —
It's not good to beat the Traverse City Wolves in the regular season.
The two teams that did it ended losing the rematch in the playoffs, the latest being Indianapolis, which fell 17-7 to the Wolves on Saturday.
"That's what film does," TC coach Brad Haney said. "You get to break them down, find out what works and go with what works. We really broke down these last two teams and now it's time to go to Nashville and it's time to break them down and move on to them."
The Wolves (9-2) scored two touchdowns on special teams in a defensive battle.
Mike Hanson recovered a muffed punt in the end zone to put the Wolves up 10-7 early in the third quarter and Corey Edwards scooped up an Evest Briggs blocked field and raced up the left sideline for another special teams score with no time left in the third quarter for a 17-7 lead.
"We had a tough end of the season," Brown said. "We made some adjustments for the first round of the playoffs, stuck with it, kept it simple and it's worked out pretty good."
Brown and Darnell Wilson led a Wolves defense that held the Tornados to just 140 yards of total offense.
Indianapolis went up 7-0 on a Tony West 47-yard touchdown run — one play that accounted for over one-third of the team's offense for the game. Aside from that run, Indy ran 20 times for 47 yards.
B.J. Chandler led the Wolves run game with 49 yards on 17 carries, while Aaron James was 8-for-17 passing for 107 yards.
In the first round of the playoffs, Traverse City defeated Capital City 9-2, the only other team to hand the Wolves a regular-season setback.