Heroes host rival Legends Saturday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 19, 2008

HUNTINGTON - Looks can be very deceiving. Just ask Heroes head coach Teddy Keaton.

Last Friday, Huntington (4-1) used a strong second half performance to help dismantle the Erie RiverRats 54-24 in an American Indoor Football Association Eastern Conference showdown.

The Heroes must now turn its attention to the Canton Legends (0-4) who will travel to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Saturday night.

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Even though Canton is winless, Keaton knows that the record does not indicate what kind of team he is facing.

“(Canton) record does not prove that we’re a lock on winning,” said Keaton. “There are no guarantees.”

Last week, Canton lost 38-35 to Augusta (Ga.) as a David Abdul field goal hit the ceiling as time expired.

“They might be 0-4, but they’re losing to good teams by small margins. They’ve just not been able to finish a game yet,” said Keaton.

Canton will look to use the same offensive blueprint that the last several opponents have used against the Heroes.

“Their offense is going slow the game down,” said Keaton. “We just got to force them into mistakes to take them out of their game.”

The offense is headed by quarterback Jamie Williamson. In last week’s game, Williamson threw for 3 touchdowns in the Legends loss.

“(Williamson) is a very elusive quarterback. He’s very much like Rob Flowers from Reading,” said Keaton. “We can’t let him get loose.”

Keaton and his defense looked to stop Williamson with the help of a new but familiar face this week.

Michael “Kool-Aid” Owens will make his first start this season at linebacker for the Heroes. Owens, who played with the Heroes the two previous seasons, will be utilized by Keaton to help keep the Canton quarterback in check.

“We needed to put speed and athleticism at linebacker last week. I didn’t start Kool-Aid last week, because he needed time to get use to playing. I think he’s ready now,” said Keaton.

Heroes’ wide receiver Octavius Day will look to have repeat performance from last week. Day, who made his first start last week, caught 6 passes for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns.

“He’s a show,” said Keaton with a grin. “Most teams have one go-to receiver. We’ve got depth at the position.”

Kickoff is 7 p.m.