TRUMAN - The South Central Hawgs have taken the South Central Plains Football League title for the third year in a row in nineman football.
The 9-0 Hawgs travel to Minneapolis for the National Nineman Championship to take on the South Valley Vandals from Oregon at the Metrodome at 5 p.m. on Friday.
By defeating the Buffalo Ridge Wildcats 9-7 on Saturday, July 14, for the South Central Plains championship the Hawgs earned a place in the championship on Friday.
2012 SOUTH CENTRAL HAWGS — Back Row (l to r): Roger Fisher, Tyler Reiter, James Dallager, Lewis Rolling, Kaleb Anderson, Tom Schuller, Brad Kemnitz, Dallas Clarksean, Tyler Skow, John Swanson, Fred Statz, Jamie Shumski, Alex Fisher, Ryan Luedtke, Kevin Abell, Brian Hanson, Jay “Boss Hawg” Doyscher. Second Row: Charlie Clarksean, Adam Fisher, Aaron White, Alex Rogers, Corey Polz, Dusty Drager, Jake Umbreit, Tate Anderson, Storm Soto, Joey Abell. Front Row: Dakota Gilbertson, Trey Diggs, Jerry Heidelberg, Taylor Menke, Josh Johnson, Oscar Paz, Ben Senf, Nick Rochefort, Adam Gates, Joey Belaski. Not Pictured: Simon Boever, Matt Berhow, Dominic Williams, Tekoce Shaw, Jamie Sargent, Brian Meade, Tucker Schumann.
"Nobody expected a blowout in the game. We had played them earlier in June and won 10-8 so we knew it would be close," said Hawgs Manager Jay Doyscher. "Our coaches put together a good game plan and our offense moved the ball well along with some incredible defense."
This is the third South Central Plains title for the Hawgs who have won 21 of their last 22 games. For a team that is in their fifth year of existence and was 1-6 three years ago things certainly have improved.
"I thought the idea of a nineman team was fun and so we got it going with the support of a lot of sponsers," said Doyscher. "We have committed and dedicated players who really like playing and make an effort to do the work. Our fan base and sponsers have really made it an exciting thing to come out and play as well."
The hard work and dedication has earned them a place in the first national championship game.
"We played a game in the Metrodome in December and when we decided to have this game part of the challenge was figuring out where to hold the it," said Doyscher. "We thought about places in the middle of here and Oregon, and then threw the Dome out there as an option. They were really excited about the opportunity to play in a professional arena."
The Hawgs defeated the Minnesota Silverbacks 20-8 in their appearance at the Dome on December 15. With a new offensive scheme and experience on the larger field, Doyscher is hoping that their team can come away with the another championship.
"In past years we've been a running team, but this year our new offensive coordinator, Tom Schuller, has made us a more balanced offense," said Doyscher.
"I think that the first time we played at the Dome we played tight the first half, and were a little bit in shock and awe. This time I think we will have experience on our side."
The Hawgs will try and win the first National Nineman Championship game on Friday.
The game will be shown live at 5 p.m. on www.nationalninemanchampionship.com.
"We want to win the championship. There is no guarantee that this will ever happen again, no contract that says this game will be played next year," said Doyscher.