July 31, 2008
Albany - The South Georgia Wildcats are not just happy to be in the AF2 playoffs.
The Wildcats goal is to the win the league championship.
Receiver Antwone Savage knows the feeling of hoisting the Arena Cup in the air to celebrate the AF2 championship.
Savage was a key reason why Spokane won the AF2 title two years ago.
The Wildcats season so far has resembled the 2006 campaign for the Spokane Shock.
The Shock were an expansion team that kept winning close game after close game until the next thing they knew they were AF2 champions.
Antwone Savage said "You have to find ways to win close games. It doesn't matter because a win is a win. That kind of helps you get to that championship game. If it is a close game in the championship game, it makes it easier to get to that championship game. If it is a close championship game, it makes it easier to get through it. All of these wins we have accumulated is going to help us regardless."
Receiver Buchie Ibeh won an AFL title in Chicago that same season and last year played for a Wilkes-Barre Scranton team that lost to Tulsa in the Arena Cup championship game.
Buchie says the Pioneers lost that game because he dropped a touchdown pass.
That is why Ibeh says he has some unfinished business in this year's AF2 playoffs.
Buchie Ibeh said "It left a bad taste in my mouth that has rolled on for the whole time up this point. I have a vengeance in my eyes. I have got to get back to that place. I have got to do what I have got to do to redeem myself for last year."
The Wildcats host Manchester in the first round of the AF2 playoffs Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center.