With a resounding 120-84 win over the West Side Bombers (1-3), the Phoenix Scorpions (4-1) have risen after a season-opening loss to win four straight – sealing the 2018 Major League Footy Western Conference minor premiership.
The St. Petersburg Swans now look for an invite to the MLF finals party, which could see them take on the surging Scorpions.
Locked in a tit-for-tat with the scrappy Tombstone Marshals throughout the Summer Series, the Scorpions leveraged a schedule quirk in being first past the post.
With the minor premiership secured, the Scorpions will take on the Tempe Devils (0-3) in the Summer Series finale in Tempe, Saturday, July 28.
Saturday’s result also pushes the Scorpions past the Miami Saints, and into the #2 seed on the overall MLF ladder, trailing the Swans by 4 just points.
With the Swans set to host the Saints in an August 11 rematch – and the third match of the season between the cross-state rivals – St. Petersburg (5-3, 20 pts.) likely needs just one win in their final three matches in order to lock up a spot in the Eastern Conference finals – and perhaps a berth in the MLF Championship Final.
In the MLF finals format, the #2 and #3 seeds will meet in a win-or-go-home playoff, with the winner then taking on the #1 seed for the Conference championship.
With the East premiers slated to take on the West champs – now very likely to be the Scorpions – the Swans are hoping their recent two-game slide is an aberration, and not a ‘swan song’ on the 2018 campaign.
The Florida Lions (2-0) and Tampa Bay Bombers (2-2) join the Saints (3-1) as the true threats on the horizon, as both sides have six games remaining – even with this Saturday’s weather postponement in St. Petersburg.
StarfishFC – currently 1-2, but also with six games left – can also make a late-season move to wind up representing St. Petersburg in the finals.