Game set for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 6 in Columbus
RICHMOND, Va. (July 3, 2015) – The Richmond Raiders (9-4) are one step closer to the PIFL Championship. They take on the Columbus Lions (9-3) in Columbus, Ga. on Monday, July 6 for a shot at winning it all. This would be the team’s first PIFL Championship if they win, but it is not their first trip to the title game. No stranger to the championship game, this is Richmond’s third trip in four years.
Their challengers, the Columbus Lions, are also no strangers to the Raiders. The two teams met twice during the regular season, with Columbus winning both on last minute plays. Back on March 29, the Lions defeated the Raiders 52-50 off of a touchdown that was scored with just 26 seconds remaining in the game. That game was QB Jonathan Bane’s first PIFL start for the Raiders, and since that game, he has gone on to lead the league in touchdowns thrown. Then, in their second meeting at the Richmond Coliseum on April 11, history repeated itself, as Lions WR Terrance Ebagua found the endzone with just nine seconds remaining.
On Monday, the Raiders defeated the Nashville Venom 54-35 at the Richmond Coliseum. The red-hot Raiders came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. The closest the Venom ever came to taking the lead was early in the first quarter when the Raiders led by eight. Not to be outdone, the Raider defense recorded six sacks for a loss of 22 yards and grabbed four interceptions on the night.
Columbus comes into Monday’s game having defeated Lehigh Valley at home back on June 27. The Lions defeated the Steelhawks 69-41 in their first home playoff game in over four years. Lions QB Casey Kacz passed for a PIFL single-game playoff record 327 yards on the night. The two teams are evenly matched, and Monday night is sure to be an action-packed matchup.
The 2015 PIFL Championship kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6. A watch party is planned for Raiders fans at Mosaic, located on River Road in Richmond. All fans are welcome to attend. The game will be broadcast on the Richmond Raiders UStream account, and updates will also be posted on the Raiders social media pages.