Firecats QB Wallace to Compete

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Updated: February 3, 2014
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The Florida Firecats got good news Tuesday about the status of injured starting quarterback Chris Wallace.

Dr. John Kagan read the MRI on Wallace’s undisclosed neck injury and determined that it was not serious. Florida coach Kevin Bouis said that if Wallace has the strength he will play Saturday when the arenafootball2 Firecats host Tennessee Valley at Germain Arena.

“It’s nothing major, so we are going to give it a go this weekend,” Wallace said. “We needed to see what was going on, but I should be fine.”

“We’re glad that it was nothing too serious,” Bouis said. “All signs are pointing to him playing as of (Tuesday).”

Wallace is expected to visit Kagan today.

Wallace was injured during Florida’s 62-45 victory over South Georgia at Germain Arena on June 27 but was able to finish the game.

However, Wallace was hurt during practice last Wednesday, leading him to miss Saturday’s 52-35 loss at South Georgia. That ended his streak of 83 consecutive games started that dated to the 2005 season.

Charlotte High grad Justin Midgett made his first start as a Firecat in Wallace’s place. Midgett was 22-of-42 for 269 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He lost two fumbles.

“He played very well for that being his first start with us,” Bouis said. “As a team, we needed to play better around him as far as the protection and wide receivers dropping balls.”

With last week’s loss, Florida (6-8) is in eighth place in the investment strategies. The Firecats have the same record as Albany but defeated the Firebirds 32-27 in Albany in April. Florida is one game behind seventh-place Manchester (7-7), which they defeated 69-53 at Germain Arena in May.

The head-to-head victories over Albany and Manchester mean that Florida owns the individual tiebreakers with each. If there were to be a three-way tie, Florida would also own that tiebreaker because of strength of schedule.

The Firecats will close the season Consumer Credit with home games against South Division rivals Tennessee Valley (10-4) and Kentucky (9-5).

“These last two games are just self-explanatory,” Wallace said. “Anybody who knows football understands how big they are.”

Manchester and Albany have to play Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the No. 1 team in the American Conference.

“We have a tough schedule but so do Manchester and Albany,” Bouis said. “It looks like it is going to come down to the last week.”

PLAYOFF PICTURE

American Conference playoff race standings

1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-3), division champion (clinched playoffs, home game)

2. Tennessee Valley (10-4), division leader (clinched playoffs)

3. Iowa (10-4), division leader (clinched playoffs)

4. Kentucky (9-5 and clinched playoffs)

5. South Georgia (9-5 and clinched playoffs)

6. Green Bay (8-6)

7. Manchester (7-7)

8. Florida (6-8)

9. Albany (6-8)

10. Peoria (5-9)

11. Milwaukee (5-9)

12. Quad City (5-10)

13. Mahoning Valley (1-13 and eliminated)

Remaining schedules

Here’s a look at the remaining games for Florida, Albany and Manchester.

Florida (6-8)

• Saturday vs. Tennessee Valley (10-4)

• July 25 vs. Kentucky (9-5)

Manchester (7-7)

• Friday vs. Mahoning Valley (1-13)

• July 24 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-3)

Albany (6-8)

• Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-3)