With their new black and blue uniforms on and a 2008 playoff loss behind them, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers took care of business on Friday, beating division rival Manchester 59-28.
With the recent loss of defensive captain Isaac Hilton, the Pioneers had many questions going into the game. Those questions were quickly answered as the Pioneers took an early 17-0 lead. Eventually, the Wolves would creep back into the game and get only down by three, but that's the closest they would get to winning.
Pioneers quarterback Ryan Vena finished the night with seven touchdown passes on no interceptions while throwing for 250 yards. His favorite target of the night, J.J. Outlaw, proved to be one of the major standout players of this dynamic Pioneers offense.
While the Wolves showed signs of a good team, they couldn't click on either side of the ball. Wolves quarterback James Pinkney was often rushed out of the pocket and forced to throw inaccurate quick passes, thanks to an outstanding Pioneers defensive line.
With this impressive win, the Pioneers are one of the leading predicted teams to make the 2009 Arena Cup. With a whole season left to play, the Pioneers aren't ready to call themselves a championship team just yet.
But they should be soon.