XTREME'S MAIN GOAL: GAIN HOME-FIELD EDGE.
Home-field advantage during the first round of the XFL playoffs will be on the line when the Xtreme meets San Francisco at the Coliseum in a 5 p.m. game for the Western Division title.
Getting that home-field advantage, Xtreme coach Al Luginbill says, is important. It will allow his players to sleep in their own beds and keep their same routine on game day. It also allows the majority of the cheers from the crowd to come for the Xtreme.
The loser today will play at Orlando in the first round of the playoffs on April 14 or 15. The winner will play host to either Chicago or New York/New Jersey in the other first-round contest.
Avoiding the trip, Luginbill admits, would be nice. But right now he isn't worried about what will happen in the first round of the playoffs.
``I just want us to play well (against San Francisco),'' said Luginbill, whose team lost at San Francisco 15-13 in the first game of the season.
It's certainly an angry Xtreme team coming into the Coliseum just six days after failing to clinch the division title in a 27-12 loss at Memphis. Standing on the other sideline is a San Francisco team that stayed alive by holding off Las Vegas 14-9.
``The strength of their team, offensively, is their wideouts and quarterback,'' Luginbill said.
Those wideouts include Jimmy Cunningham (37 catches, 390 yards), Brian Roberson (34-373) and Carson High graduate Tydus Winans (20-166). Throwing the ball is Mike Pawlawski, the league's most accurate passer with 169 completions in 268 attempts. His passing yards (1,523) and touchdowns (12) trail only the 2,022 yards and 17 touchdowns thrown by Xtreme quarterback Tommy Maddox.
The Xtreme will be without receiver Darnell McDonald (eight touchdown receptions) which means they need extra production from others.
XTREME VS. SAN FRANCISCO
Time: 5 p.m. at the Coliseum
TV: Ch. 4
Records: Xtreme 6-3; San Francisco 5-4
XTREME VS. SAN FRANCISCO (see text)
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Apr 7, 2001|
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