af2's Tennessee Valley Vipers Seek Back to Back Wins vs. Florida Firecats

Chris Yow@@ChrisYow14Analyst IApril 25, 2009

Tennessee Valley's short season thus far has seen its ups and downs. The Vipers are 2-2 on the year and have alternated winning and losing each week.

Florida comes into tonight's contest with a 2-2 record as well, but the Firecats have won two straight.

The Firecats have a veteran team with veteran leadership. Head Coach Kevin Bouis has led the Firecats since 2005 and have guided them to at least ten wins and a playoff appearance in each season.

Quarterback Chris Wallace has played in nine of the league's ten seasons, this his eighth with Florida. Wallace's favorite target is the af2 all-time leading scorer Magic Benton. Brent Burnside plays ironman at wide receiver and defensive back. Burnside is the league's only player to play in all ten seasons.

Tennessee Valley counters with second year quarterback Kevin Eakin and a slew of receivers in either their first or second years.

Bradly Chavez has the most experience on the team with 4 seasons experience.
The Vipers are looking for their first back to back wins on the season, coming off an impressive 61-60 victory on the road at previously unbeaten Arkansas.

Eakin was named the af2's Offensive Player of the Week for his nine touchdown performance.

Larry Shipp will return for his second game of the season after catching three scores last week, including the game-winner.

Tennessee Valley has recorded nine sacks in the last three meetings with Florida, including six in last year's playoff game.

Eric Scott will provide the anchor for the defense, but defensive back Demetrius Derico will also return after suffering a concussion against South Georgia.

Tonight's contest will prove to be just as any Tennessee Valley-Florida game has always been—a fight. However, it will not become a literal fight as the two teams have been known to do in the past.

Pit Prediction:
Florida 43
Tennessee Valley 51

Key Players:
Florida - QB Chris Wallace, WR Magic Benton
Tennessee Valley - QB Kevin Eakin, WR Michael Johnson, DB Desmond Foster