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Michael Mack

There will be a postseason after all for the Charleston Blazing Hawks.

The Blazing Hawks, a local semi-pro football team, will take on the Anderson Red Dawgs in the Coastal Bowl Championship today at North Charleston High School at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The Blazing Hawks went 10-10 in their inaugural season in the Southern American Football League-South. But five of the Blazing Hawks' losses were due to forfeits. The Hawks were 10-5 in games they showed up to play in.

"We had some issues with weather and getting facilities ready to go," said Blazing Hawks coach Michael Mack. "The Southern American Football League-South is a good league, they've got a lot of players that end up playing in Europe or Canada or in the arena leagues. It was definitely a step up in competition from the league we were playing in."

A victory over the Red Dawgs could mean a spot in next month's National American Football Athletes League bowl game for the Blazing Hawks, who won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 in the North-South American Football League.

"This is a championship game," Mack said. "There's a lot on the line."

The Blazing Hawks are led by all-purpose running back Robert Wright, a former West Ashley High star.

"Robert had another great season for us," Mack said. "He was our offensive MVP."

The defense is led by former Hanahan High linebacker Mike Hill, who averages more than 10 tackles a game, Mack said.

Mack said the Blazing Hawks will have to prepare for the Red Dawgs' option-style attack.

"They run the wishbone," Mack said. "They use a full-house backfield, and not many teams have been able to stop them. … Our defense will be the key."

Coastal Bowl Championship

Who: Anderson Red Dawgs vs. Charleston Blazing Hawks

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Where: North Charleston High School.