It was an intriguing matchup between Home Team and the Visitors. With the league’s best offense against the league’s best defense, something had to give. The two teams didn’t like each other and there was a lot of trash talking before the game.
Home Team star player Justin Doit, said, “We are just out there giving 110 per cent and taking it one game at a time. We have to stay focused because there’s no ‘I’ in team.”
The game was a real pressure cooker with the teams fighting tooth and nail like a couple of heavyweights. The Home Team drew first blood but, true to form, the Visitors scratched and clawed their way back into striking distance.
At halftime, it was clear that both teams were playing at a high level and that the intangibles would be key.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss, the Home Team was looking for redemption but needed to turn up the intensity. On the ropes in the first half, the Home Team appeared to lack consistency and needed to generate some offense.
“We never say die,” said Home Team player Jock Strap, “it was a bit of a tough slog, but we kept our heads in the game.”
The Home Team started to gel in the second half, turning the corner and hitting their stride as the game came to a close. The Home Team did all the little things you need to win and, if everyone is on the same page, this dark horse could be the sleeper team of the season.
Home Team head coach Moe T. Vation got the most out of his players, but in the post-game press conference said, “No question about it, there were some mistakes, but we persevered and stuck to our game plan. Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
Speaking in the locker room after the game, Visitors player Dee Fence said, “This is always a tough place to play but the final score is the only statistic that matters. It’s a bitter pill to swallow but they out-hustled us and we came up a little short. It’s a wake-up call. They stepped up and made the plays, but we can hold our heads high and put this loss behind us. The best team won.”
Home Team player Substi Tute said, “We knew what we had to do and went out and did it. They gave us a big scare. We’re happy we could pull this one out at the end. A win is a win.”
The crowd factor created a home-field advantage with loud chants of “Go Team Go!” and merciless mocking of the Visitors.
Super fan Mike was philosophical about the outcome, “In a long season, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. This team shows a lot of heart.”
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