We are pleased to announce that we have been invited to, and accepted the invite, to play in next years (January 2023) USA BOWL XVI Spring Division National Championship Bowl Game in Daytona Beach, FL and defend our title from 2022. These National Bowl games are designed to place top teams from across the country against one another in a game they normally would not be able to play. There will be a "National Champion" crowned for the Summer, Spring and Fall seasons.
Our opponent is the Minneapolis Warriors out of Minneapolis, MN. They are ranked #6 by the USA Bowl committee. The Warriors come into the game 9-1 during the 2022 season but won the 2022 USA Bowl National Championship defeating the then #1 ranked Detroit Ravens. This will be the Warriors 3rd USA Bowl National Championship Game appearance.
The Express are ranked #11 by the bowl committee and come into the game 9-3 on the 2022 season. The Express defeated the Iredell County Warriors to win the 2022 USA Bowl Summer Division National Title. Last season they won the GDFL Eastern Xtreme North Division and qualified for the GDFL National Playoffs. Erie won the 2021 GDFL National Championship defeating the Inglewood Blackhawks 42-40 in the GDFL National Championship Game. This will be Erie's second appearance in a National Bowl Game.
We hope to kick off the 2023 season the same way we started the 2022 season, as champions. The task will not be an easy one as the Warriors are a veteran team who have played in these games multiple times. We welcome and look forward to the challenge they will present. GO EXPRESS!