In a season full of emotions, Friday's United Bowl IV press conference brought only smiles. The Sioux Fall Storm prepares to meet the Tri-Cities Fever for a shot at IFL perfection and a second straight league title.
"I told coach Riggs, all I want is to be undefeated in this league," quarterback Storm Chris Dixon said. "I have done everything else, I came back to run the table."
However, their opposition has proved to be a worthy adversary. Despite winning the past three meetings, the Storm narrowly escaped their second meeting this season. Where they bested Tri-Cities 73-72 in overtime. Earlier today, both sides said they expect this game to go the distance.
"We wanted to play them again," Fever coach Adam Shackleford said. "They are the litmus test in this league and we are ready to give it another shot."
"I think this is going to be an old-school game, fans will be happy," Dixon said. "We get flack for blowing teams out but this will be a tough game. We can't blow them out, it will be a four quarter battle."
It's a battle of No.1 vs. No.2, especially in the huddle. Where league MVP quarterback Chris Dixon matches up with All-IFL second team member Houston Lillard. For these two, bragging rights will certainly be on the line.
"We have played against each other for three years, I have never beaten Chris (Dixon)," Lillard said. "With us both being from the Bay Area, I hold this to a higher level and want to finally beat him."
The Storm organization said tomorrow night is about more than football it's about a city who has supported them through it all.
"With everything we have gone through lately, the fans have been there for us," Storm coach Kurtiss Riggs said. "Having a sellout crowd Saturday is a testament to how well they've backed us over the years."
Dylan Scott KSFY Sports