Traverse City Record-Eagle

Traverse City Wolves

October 9, 2009

Wolves host playoff game at Thirlby

The teams split in regular season

TRAVERSE CITY -- Daniel Skibbe said there is a lot of excitement swirling around his Traverse City Wolves.

And for good reason.

The first-year Wolves finished the regular season 7-3, qualified for the postseason and will host a North American Football League playoff game on Saturday at Thirlby Field.

"These guys have been waiting for this," said Skibbe, the owner and head coach of the Wolves. "A lot of them haven't played under those lights in 10 years. All due respect to Traverse City Central, but it's not Thirlby."

The Wolves weren't able secure Thirlby Field as their home for the regular season and had to play games at Traverse City Central High School. But for the playoffs, Skibbe and TCAPS worked out an agreement.

"I sat down with TCAPS management and started talking about playing there," Skibbe said. "We're going to donate half of our gate to the schools. That's one of the things we've talked about from the beginning is giving back to the community.

"We have to thank TCAPS for giving us an opportunity to showcase what it's like to have a field like this. This would make us one of the elite teams in the league."

The Wolves will host the Silverbacks of London, Ont., at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The teams played back-to-back weekends in September, with both teams defending their home turf.

The Silverbacks (6-3) picked up a 13-6 victory, while the Wolves came back a week later for a 14-0 win.

"It's going to be a battle, but we're hoping with the home crowd we can pull out a victory," Skibbe said. "They do have a quarterback who can throw the ball. We have to provide pressure with our front four so he doesn't get his feet settled and get in a rhythm."

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