Erie,PA: Week 1 of the PAFL did not go as planned for the Express as they traveled to take on the defending PAFL and National South Buffalo Celtics. The Express came into the game undefeated at 3-0 but the end result was a 55-19 loss to the #1 team in the country. The Express come into this weeks game at 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in the PAFL. “That “1” in our record is a weekly reminder that someone out there was better than us. We did not prepare right, we did not travel right and we did not play right that week. And against a team of this caliber you had better be right in every aspect if you want to win”- Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
     The Express have won 6 straight after that early season loss and will be hosting the 7-0 Celtics this Saturday at Cathedral Preps Events Center. The offense has been playing very well with RB-Allen Jones coming into the game with 1283 yards and 16 rushing TDs (Both Express Records), QB-Chance Anzivine has passed for 1363 yards and 15 TDs (Express Records), WR-Javon Rowan has 27 receptions 569 yards and 11 TDs on the season. Defensively Serge Augustin comes into the game with a team best 17 sacks (11 PAFL leads league) Dajuan Smith has added 10 sacks (8 PAFL), LBS Mike McKinnon and Tony D’Albora are ranked 1 and 2 in the league in total tackles separated by 1 tackle (McKinnon leads). DB’s Ashton Jones, Darrell Fincher, Dwaon Woodard and Peter Hamilton have been playing well all season.
     The Celtics are led offensively by QB Jay Truman who is in his 10th season 8 of them he has been an All-Pro selection. Truman has never lost a game as the starting QB for the Celtics. RB Zak Kedron who torched Erie in their first meeting is another major factor to their prolific offense. Defensively the Celtics have one of the top defenses and are led by DL Zak Sucharski who was an All-American at Norwich University. Zak is in his third season with the Celtics and has earned All-Pro status each of his first two years. Zak recorded 22 sacks during the 2014 season.
     “This team is where we want to be. They have the PAFL championship and 2 national championships to their credit. We know that we will have to go through them if we want to call ourselves champions. There is no way around it. We had the best week of practice in our existence this week with close to 40 guys there. That alone is very promising. Our guys realize how bad we showed week 1 and want to prove that that performance was not what Erie Express is all about, they are very excited for Saturdays matchup against the #1 team in the nation”-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
     Kickoff is set for 5pm with LIVE updates via Twitter and Facebook. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.