Wauwatosa hosts Iron Bowl XV Saturday night

Spartans face unbeaten Madison Mustangs at Hart

Sept. 6, 2011

Iron Bowl XV, pitting the Wauwatosa Spartans (10-2) and the Madison Mustangs (11-0), is coming to Hart Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.

When the Ironman Football League's regular season began the weekend of June 4, its 10-member teams had one goal in mind: the Iron Bowl.

In its 15th year, the league's championship game has gained a reputation as one of the most prestigious league championships in the nation.

The Spartans defeated the Waukesha City Junkyard Dogs, 27-6, in the American Conference championship game two weeks ago and the Mustangs had their way with the Muskego Hitmen, 35-0, in the National Conference championship.

The Spartans and Mustangs have met only four times in the franchises' histories, all Madison wins, including Iron Bowl XIII, which they won in overtime, 17-14.

The Spartans overcame a slow start this season, reeling off seven straight wins to advance to Iron Bowl XV. The Mustangs finished their third straight perfect season, and own the nation's longest semi-pro winning streak at 48 games.

They've also won three-straight IFL titles. In the teams' regular-season matchup in week one, the Mustangs won, 17-0.

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