By Anvil Welch

Globe Sports Writer

The Joplin Crusaders, idle again this week, will open the Central Football League playoffs against the Ada (Okla.) Outlaws.

The Outlaws defeated the Benton County (Ark.) Saints 18-6 last week during the first round of the playoffs.

Top-seeded Joplin, 8-0, wound up the regular season on May 13 by beating the visiting Oklahoma Rebels 13-7.

Joplin and Ada tangle at 3 p.m. next Saturday in Fred G. Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern State University.

The Oklahoma City Gunners ousted the Coffeyville-based Kansas Roughriders in last week's other playoff game.

The Joplin-Ada winner will play the Wichita Aztecs-Poteau (Okla.) River Valley Buccaneers survivor in the semifinals.

Next week's other pairings are the Gunners vs. the Central Oklahoma Rhinos and the second-seeded Rebels vs. the Washington County (Ark.) Warriors.

Joplin, in Game 2, defeated Ada 41-28 at Wynnewood High School.

"They have a decent defense," Joplin offensive coordinator Brenden Gubera said of the Outlaws. "That first time we played they forced three turnovers and a couple of them left them with good field position to set up touchdowns.

"On offense, they probably will try to run the ball out of the I formation," Gubera said.

The Crusaders practiced last Sunday, Gubera said, and will work out Wednesday and Friday.

"There's no sense trying to hold a practice this weekend," Gubera said. "You would have limited numbers because of it being Memorial Day Weekend."

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