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The D.C. Current will look to stretch their league best five-game winning streak to six when they return home to Cardinal Stadium on Saturday to host the New York Rumble. D.C. has locked up the top spot in the Eastern Conference and intend to carry the momentum into the postseason.
The Current (7-1) return home to the friendly confines of Cardinal Stadium on Saturday looking to sweep their season series against the New York Rumble (2-6.) D.C. has already topped New York twice this season, beating the Rumble in Week 5 by a 28-15 margin and in Week 6 by a final score of 27-18.
While D.C. has had success against the Rumble this season, the squad knows that New York will be hungry to get back in the win column on Saturday.
“We know based on what we have done in the past, what we should do going forward. But that doesn’t mean that we think a previous game has any influence going forward,” said Chip Cobb, who earned the Spikeball Defensive Play of the Week honor in Week 9. “Just because we beat them in Week 6 doesn’t mean that we don’t need to work even harder this time, because they saw what we were doing and presumably they are going to make adjustments.”
“They are all great players and they had a really good game against Philadelphia last week,” said Cobb. “They were struggling for a while but they are a team you need to take seriously and play 100%, because if you don’t they can burn you.”
Cobb and the Current’s defensive line have been crucial in D.C.’s two wins against New York this season. During the two squads’ first meeting the Current’s D-line scored 14 total points, tying the output of the Rumble’s O-line.
A week later the Rumble’s offense was slightly more productive, but D.C.’s defense still got the better of the matchup as the D-line ran off five-straight break points in the second quarter to help the Current take a commanding lead. The stellar play of the Current’s defensive line has been a common theme during the squad’s five-game winning streak, as they more often than not have powered the side to victories.
“Our D-line is playing out of their mind right now and I think the thing that is really helping us is that we have confidence in all of our players,” said Cobb. “We can run out there as a team 25-deep every single week, and what that allows us to do is keep fresh legs on the field. A lot of times once we get going it’s hard to stop us because of the momentum and confidence we have.”
While D.C. has already locked up the top spot in the Eastern Conference to secure home field advantage in the postseason, the Current still have plenty work on.
“It’s kind of hard to be in this position because we don’t want to get anybody injured,” said Alan Kolick. “But it would be nice to keep that momentum rolling into the playoffs. We have to make sure that we don’t loose focus and loose any of the momentum that we’ve been building up.”
In an effort to stay healthy and fresh for the postseason, Kolick said that he and some of the Current’s other star players might take in a few more points from the sideline.
“I talked to Keven [Moldenhauer] a little bit and I think that the lines in general will be more open subbing,” said Kolick. “Our defensive subbing has been pretty liberal and open the entire season, which I think has been one of our strengths and helped us be so successful. But I think I will probably take a couple more O-points off this game than I have been.”
No matter who is on the field, the Current know they will have to fight to earn the win against the Rumble and keep their perfect record at home intact.
Come out and cheer on the Current during their final regular season home game of the year, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. against the New York Rumble. Buy your tickets here.