COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Lions are going into their final regular season game with one thing in mind. The Lions are looking to go into the playoffs in style.
At 10-1, the Lions have the best record in the SIFL Eastern Conference. If the Houston Stallions (11-0) stumble for the first time this season on the road against the Louisiana Swashbucklers (9-3), the Lions can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
But that's out of their control. What is in their control is the way they play on Saturday versus the Carolina Speed (3-8). The idea is to maintain their momentum going into the second season as they look for a second straight SIFL championship.
"I'm hoping that we didn't peak too early," said head coach Jason Gibson. "Last year we peaked at the right time and it took us into the playoffs and we just kept on rolling. This year, we got that kind of peak really early and we've been maintaining that high for a long time now. I just hope we don't have a letdown. This is the wrong time of the year to have a letdown."
No arguments from veteran linebacker Justen Rivers. "No letdowns," Rivers insisted. "That's our main goal. We know that Carolina can be a good team, coming in. They played us tough the last time we played them, so we know that when they step on the field, anything can happen."
The one thing that the Lions say they expect to happen is to earn another title. Rivers said this season has the same feel as the last one.
"Our goal coming into the season was to defend the championship. Any time you're the defending champs, you've got a big target on your back. We feel as though that this team can get it done. We've just got to continue to take it one game at a time."
The Lions have a number of rookies on the roster, and they're determined to earn a title of their own.
" A championship definitely feels good to win," said first-year defensive back Kirkston Edwards. "I haven't won one, so I'm definitely hungry. I want to win it. I want to know that feeling that the veteran guys have."