With the possibility of playing five games in the next 21 days, the Augusta Stallions won't have much time to rest.
And while the Stallions are locked in as the No. 2 playoff seed, don't look for coach Mike Neu to go easy on his guys the next two weeks.
"We want to win," Neu said. "We're coming out to practice to prepare to win just like any other week."
The Stallions play host to surging Richmond (6-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday before welcoming Charleston on July 28 in the regular-season finale. Augusta will play host to its first playoff game four days later.
With at least three straight home games remaining, Neu doesn't want his team to lose momentum.
"This is our house, this is our turf," he said. "We take pride in being undefeated at home. That's the way we want to keep things."
Defensive specialist Nick Rawls injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game and will miss Friday's game. He should be ready for the first round of the playoffs.
Also, lineman Derrick Reeves is practicing with a banged-up knee and is questionable for Friday.
Defensive specialist Robb Harris, who has missed the past six games, is recovering from a pulled hamstring and will not play this week. However, he is back in pads and is probable for the Charleston game.
"It'll be nice to get him back. He's a big hitter. He's a playmaker," Neu said.
The Stallions have no clue who to prepare for in the first round of the playoffs.
Eight teams are vying for the final five playoff spots. An Augusta win over Richmond on Friday would eliminate the Speed.
If the season ended today, Augusta would play host to Tulsa (8-7) in the first round on Aug. 1.
Playoff tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office.
If this football thing doesn't work out, maybe wide receiver/defensive back Chris Siegfried could go into fund-raising. Siegfried raised more than $8,000 for the local Boy Scouts chapter as part of the Augusta Stallions golf tournament on Monday.
Twenty-eight teams played in the event, which surpassed Siegfried's goal.
"My goal was twenty," Siegfried said. "When we got to the twenty mark at the middle of last week, I was happy about that."
Siegfried said if he's still in Augusta next year, he would put on another tournament.
Tulsa Talons defensive specialist Jo Jo Polk injured his neck in a game at Charleston, S.C., on Saturday after colliding into the padded boards. Polk was taken to Trident Medical Center where he was diagnosed with a unilateral C-6 avulsion sacet fracture.
The 21-year-old Polk is expected to make a complete recovery.
Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.
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