Round 5 marked the official mid-point in the 2015 ACT Gridiron Senior season. All teams have now had one bye and played each other once and for the first time this year, there are 5 clear positions on the ladder.
Saturday opened with the Firebirds dominating the Wildcats 60-0. The Firebirds were likely getting themselves ready for their Round 6 matchup against the Spears and if their performance on Saturday was any indication, I’d say that their Round 6 match-up will likely be one of the best games of the year. The Wildcats were shutout for the second week in a row, having only scored one touchdown each against the Spears and the Tornadoes. They’re not out of the running yet but they might, as my mother would say, “have to get a wriggle on” if they want to make a play at the finals.
Saturdays second game saw the Central Spears shutout the Centurions 24-0. They too were likely preparing for their important Round 6 matchup and showed some of their strengths on Saturday.
After all the teams have played one another, the fun begins. It’s where teams start to scheme from experience rather than from tape. It’s where personal rivalries can come to a head and make for some entertaining football. It’s where you start to see where teams might end up at season end. But it also does not have any indication on finals contention and we’re still at a stage where any team can make the finals with a second half streak.
As it stands, the 4-0 Central Spears have taken 1st place going undefeated so far this season on 8 points and the 3-1 Firebirds have taken outright 2nd place on 6 points. They are closely followed by the 2-2 Centurions at 3rd place on 4 points, the 3-1 Tornadoes, who had the bye in Round 5, at 4th place on 2 points and the 0-and-4 Wildcats round out the ladder.
With no team guaranteed to make or not make the finals, what sort of football are we looking to see in the second half of the season? Let us know in the comments.