Back with a notebook that will run in Friday's S-R. The unedited version is below. I fly to Las Vegas in the morning and will post a game advance later in the day.
“I told them after we squeezed out that victory we’d probably see them again,” Shock quarterback Nick Davila said. “Sure enough … it’s going to be a fun game.”
Shock players said Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and
“Those two teams are pretty even,” receiver Andy Olson said. “
Said Pioneers quarterback Ryan Vena: “
How healthy have the Shock been this season? They’re expected to start the same eight players on offense as they did in the preseason game against
“That’s been key to a lot of our success. We’ve made some changes on the defensive side and I think we’ve made the right moves,” head coach Adam Shackleford said. “We’ve been at this for 26 weeks. Everybody is dinged, nobody’s is out.”
Wide receiver Charles Dillon left the
“He banged up his shin, but he’s been running around full speed the last few days,” said Shackleford, adding that Dillon and Markee White “form a nice rotation.”
Ingold bounces back
Pioneers coach Rich Ingold experienced a major scare in 2007 when doctors found a cancerous growth on his tonsils. He had surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
“I coached the whole season, getting treatments throughout,” he said. “Everything’s going great. I get checkups every six months.”
The fiery Ingold is full of energy during games.
“He’s probably one of the most intense guys I’ve been around in the football world,” Vena said. “That first year I got here (in 2007) he had just started his battle. He would come to practice for a half hour or so and the assistants would run the show. That first year was tough for him.
“Since he’s beaten cancer, he’s obviously more vocal and more of a leader. He’s an amazing coach. I’m proud to play for him.”
Ingold is back to calling offensive plays after taking the last two seasons off.
“We really stunk it up against
The Pioneers and Shock tied for third in scoring offense (60.8 ppg). Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is averaging 77.3 points in the playoffs.
Saturday’s game won’t be televised, but it will be available for free at niftytv.com. The webcast can also be accessed through af2.com. … The Shock had team meetings Thursday morning before flying to