Round one is is the books and we are set to begin the second round this weekend, Aug 12th. we'll give a brief rundown of last week's matchups and and a preview of this weekend's games.
Beaver County Arctic Bengals vs Mountain State Outlawz - The Outlawz won a close one lase week over the Ruff Ryderz who had been coming on strong the last half of the season. The Bengals will coming of a first round bye and aiming to stay undefeated. The slow, plodding play style of the Outlawz may matchup well against the athletic Bengals who are hoping to not be too rusty after their week off.
Ohio Gladiators vs Canton Hurricanes - The Gladiators toppled the Kingz in the first round by a 31 point shutout and are chomping at the bit for a chance to battle their rivals from right down rt62. The hurricanes moved into the second round of the playoffs after a forfeit win on a technicality.
Greensburg Golden Hawks vs Pittsburgh Saints - The Saints squeaked by the Cleveland Cobras last week with clutch special teams play with a 22-20 win. The Hawks roll into round two after a 55 point blowout victory over the Federals. No two teams in the TPFL are more familiar with each other than the Hawks and Saints. Last year the Saints beat the Hawks in the regular season to later be eliminated by the Hawks in the playoffs on their way to the first ever TPFL Championship. This year things started in reverse order with the Hawks taking the regular season win.
Cleveland Rams vs Port City Spartans - The Spartans took the lopsided victory over the young and surprising Leviathan last week, but will have to take one of the longest drives in the league to face the rams. The rams will be coming off the couch after a round one bye and aiming for thier 9th win in a row.
Article from round 1
The Tri-Point Football League has finished the 2023 regular season and playoffs start immediately. Unique to the TPFL, 14 out of the 16 teams in the league will be eligible for the playoffs that will begin with round one on August 5th. The top two teams will receive first round bye weeks.
Seeding for the TFPL Playoffs is set by each team’s overall record in the standings. All teams in all three divisions are added to the seeding pool and divisions are taken out of the seeding process for the playoffs. If two teams end the season with the same record then the following criteria is used to decide their seeding:
Head to Head Matchup Record
Points Against (how many points did their defense allow)
Division Winners Buckeye – Cleveland Rams 8-0 Keystone – Beaver County Arctic Bengals 8-0 Mountain – Port City Spartans 5-3
Beaver County Arctic Bengals – The Bengals came into the season with a fresh young group of owners and a lot of talent. While relatively quiet in the offseason and preseason, they grew and put in work towards becoming one of the surprise teams in the TPFL.
Cleveland Rams – The Rams completed their perfect regular season beating their opponents each week. First year owner, Damario Davis spent the Rams offseason building a talented squad with the right guys to change the culture of the team and set them on pace for one of the best seasons in franchise history for the long tenured organization.
Round One Matchups:
#9 Mahoning Valley Ruff Ryderz (4-4) at #8 Mountain State Outlawz (5-3)
#13 Canton Hurricanes (1-7) at #4 Steel City Bobcats (6-2)
#12 Steel City Kingz (2-6) at #5 Ohio Gladiators (6-2)
#10 West Virginia Leviathan (4-4) at #7 Port City Spartans (5-3)
#14 Mahoning Valley Federals (1-7) at #3 Greensburg Golden Hawks (6-2)
#11 Pittsburgh Saints (3-5) at #6 Cleveland Cobras (5-3)