Thursday, May 28, 2015

Enforcers and rival LAPD to battle for championship berth

The undefeated San Diego Enforcers are a win away from clinching their third appearance in the NPSFL National Championship, where they would visit the Eastern Division champion Charlotte Cobras on Saturday, June 2oth.

Standing in their way are the Los Angeles Centurions, who are made up of members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The longtime nemesis of the Enforcers will not only be looking to play spoiler, but try to earn their first championship appearance since 2011.

Last season the Enforcers extended their winning streak over the Centurions to five games after a hard fought 22-16 victory in Los Angeles. The Enforcers trailed 16-7 before putting up 15 unanswered points. A 25-yard touchdown run by Jahir Waterman sealed the win.

"We really enjoy the rivalry," Enforcers head coach Brain Salmon said. "We want to play this game every year."

As a tribute to the significance of this game, the Enforcers labeled it a "blackout". Players and coaches will be sporting all black attire, and fans in attendance are encouraged to do the same.

"It just epitomizes what a rivalry is all about, " Salmon added. "They have a great organization, we have a great organization, and I'm really excited about what's going to happen on Saturday."

With 14 touchdown passes and just one interception thrown, veteran quarterback JJ Carrell is having an outstanding season. In Salmon's opinion, it's his best season ever as an Enforcer.

"JJ is one of the players who puts more time and effort into watching film, and understanding his opponent," Salmon said. "He just seems to get better with age."

Like any other humble player, Carrell gives most of the credit to his teammates and coaching staff.

"No matter how good you may think that you are, you're only as good as the guys around you," Carrell said after praising his offensive line, receivers, and coaches. 

"I'm enjoying a better year and it all comes down to this game."

Last Five Meetings

2009: Enforcers 38, LAPD 17
2010: Enforcers 28, LAPD 24
2012: Enforcers 36, LAPD 21
2013: Enforcers 21, LAPD 19
2014: Enforcers 22, LAPD 16

Tale of the Tape

San Diego Enforcers (4-0, 3-0 NPSFL)

Head Coach: Brian Salmon (11th Season)
Previous Game: Defeated NYPD 15-14
Points Scored: 136 - 34.0 PPG
Points Allowed: 52 - 13.0 PPG
NPSFL Opponent Record: 4-6 (.400)

Los Angeles Centurions (4-1, 2-1 NPSFL)

Head Coach: Josh Dabbs (4th Season)
Previous Game: Loss to Chicago 19-22
Points Scored: 155 - 31.0 PPG
Points Allowed: 72 - 14.4 PPG
NPSFL Opponent Record: 7-5 (.583)

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