The Indianapolis semi-professional soccer team wins the national championship

The Hoosier Hurricanes invaded Homestead, Florida for the fourth annual Minor League Football Week Super Football News (MLFN) weekend last weekend.

In a defense dominated match, the Hurricanes beat the Carolina Express 41-0 to win the MLFN’s AA National Championship.

“Getting to this point this fast is incredible,” said Hurricanes head coach John Starlin. “I really feel like a proud father to all those kids.”

While the “Canes” attack was strong, their defense game was dominant. The “Canes forced eight turnovers and controlled the Express attack,” which towered over them in size and power. At the start of the match, it looked like the Express was going to use their offensive Power I attack to run up the throat of the “Canes” defense. When the Express were forced to launch, however, the super-fast secondary Hurricane managed to take the game away. The first of the Express’s four intercepts was launched on that opening drive, and the Hurricanes have never looked back.

“They were a tough team to explore, but I really think they underestimated our speed,” said Starlin. “Other coaches in their league were able to help me with scouting, but I knew, however solid our defense was, that we could play with anyone.”

Staying on the defensive theme of the game, linebacker Deon Smith was awarded as the game’s MVP for his 12 tackle performances. He also intercepted a pass and forced a fumble.

The national AA title was the perfect conclusion to a season that was already storybook for the Indianapolis team, founded by co-owners Starlin, David Day and NFL wide receiver Reggie Wayne. In their first year of existence, the Hurricanes were awarded Best New Midwestern Team by the MLFN after finishing 13-1 in the Ohio Valley Football League (OVFL). Their OVFL season ended with a Super Bowl win over the Charlotte (MI) Roughriders, 21-0.

“This has really been a dream season for us,” said Starlin.

Starlin players have also won numerous accolades from the MLFN. Four ‘Canes were honored with Midwest All-American status: Derrick Ellis was a Midwest All-American honorable mention at the running back, wide receiver Scott Penick made the second Midwest All-American team, and Corey Crumpton and Charles Avant were first and second defense teams, respectively.

Ellis, a former “Mr. Indiana” while playing high school running, was also named Running Back of the Year in the Midwest by the MLFN.

The Hurricanes will return to the OVFL next season and compete to become the first consecutive champion in league history, a feat no team has accomplished in 40 years of competition.

“We are looking to develop something special here,” said Starlin.

It looks like the hurricanes have got off to a great start.

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