Friday, June 20, 2014

Enforcers face a huge challenge in Saturday's championship game

San Diego Enforcers (4-0) vs. New York's Finest (4-0)
2014 NPSFL National Championship Game
Saturday, June 21st 1:00 p.m. PT
Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego, CA)

A season full of twists and turns will reach it's conclusion this Saturday when the San Diego Enforcers host the defending champion New York's Finest in the 2014 NPSFL National Championship Game.

The New York's Finest are comprised of members of the New York Police Department, and already have a league-leading five national titles under their belts. They'll be looking to complete a perfect season with their sixth.

"I think it's going to be an extremely physical game," Enforcers head coach Brain Salmon said. "Both the Enforcers and NYPD are very physical football teams."

Part of the Enforcers' physical nature comes from a hard nose rushing attack led by running back Jahir Waterman. His field vision and ability to fight for extra yardage has made him a valuable playmaker on offense. One of his biggest plays of the season was a game-winning touchdown run against the LAPD that helped keep the Enforcers' championship hopes alive.

"They made me a captain so I try my best to lead by example," Waterman said. "I'm not big on Bravehart speeches, because those tend to go in one ear and out the other. So I just try to lead by example, and like my old college coach use to say: finish, finish, finish."

This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2011, when the Finest escaped with a 14-13 win on their home field. The Enforcers failed on a go-ahead two-point conversion attempt following a late touchdown, and haven't forgotten about it since.

"We have some unfinished business with them," Enforcers fullback and vice president Jordan Mirakian said. "We're looking forward to writing the final chapter between us and NYPD coming away with a win."

The Enforcers will be playing for their second national title since winning it in 2012. After trailing for the majority of the game, they needed a last-minute touchdown pass to defeat the FDNY Bravest 16-15 at Balboa Stadium.

Already knowing how tough it is to win a championship in this league, the Enforcers aren't taking anything for granted.

"We appreciate it much more the second time around," Enforcers president David King said. "We know how hard we had to work just to get back here and have this opportunity. So it's very special."

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