“We’re looking for payback,” said Jason Briscese, a Wolves player and co-owner of the team. “We’ve got a very good chance (in the playoffs).”
Briscese said the team lost to the Fury during regular-season play, 16-14, after losing starting quarterback Teddy Anderson to a knee injury.
Before that injury, the team was having a winning season, 4-2, he said, and backup quarterback Jason Winters did his best to keep the momentum going for a final record of 6-5.
If the Wolves pulled off a win Saturday, they would face the No. 1 team in the Pacific Coast Football League, the Alameda Knights.
Even though the Knights are nationally ranked and undefeated, Briscese is confident about the Wolves’ chances of beating them, too, based on their regular-season encounter.
“Feeling really good,” he said. “We lost to them (Knights) in the fourth quarter with a minute left. We played a good game — we should have won. We didn’t finish it off at the end. Looking forward to facing them again.”
To reach the playoffs, the Wolves had to defeat the Richmond War Angels in a do-or-die game Saturday, June 2, which they did by a score of 14-6.
Wolves player Cliff Brown, who co-owns the team with Briscese, said the return of their starting quarterback and an outstanding game by another Anderson, cornerback Teon Anderson, made the team’s playoff run possible. He said Teon Anderson pulled in three interceptions and a 60-yard touchdown Saturday.
The key to playoff victories, however, rests in the hands of Teddy Anderson, Brown said.
“He came out last week not 100 percent, but able to play, and there was enough chemistry with the team to get us the win,” Brown said. “I have confidence. The teams that beat us were without Anderson. Teddy Anderson puts up a lot of points with his leg and arm.”
Other players who stood out this season, according to Briscese, included left tackle Dwayne Benton, defensive back Noel Calbert, middle linebacker Mike Hogan and running backs Dominic Miller and Carnell Williams, who each pulled in five touchdowns this season.
“This is our second year in the playoffs,” Brown said. “Playing at home, it will be a lot better for us. Our fans and everything — I’m looking forward to that.”