Shriwise vs. Chicago
Through 12 weeks, the Madison Radicals found themselves in unfamiliar territory sitting at 4-5, and in fifth place in the Midwest Division. The playoffs, however, were still within reach; they would likely need to win out on their remaining schedule in order to guarantee a spot. The first of their remaining three games came against the Chicago Wildfire (5-3) in Week 13, who traveled to Breese Stevens Field for a Friday night game; Chicago had not won in Madison since 2013.
The first half consisted of runs by both teams, with the Wildfire going up 7-4 before the Radicals came back with six straight scores to go up 10-7. By the middle of the third quarter, the Radicals led 13-11 as the teams had begun to trade points. After a Wildfire turnover in the Radicals' end zone, Madison had the disc with a chance to extend their lead back to three. With great patience, they methodically worked the disc down the field, taking their time to find open cuts with good vision and fluid handler movement. Now in the red zone, a Colin Camp swing to handler Dylan Power sets up a beautifully timed continuation to Pat Shriwise towards the right sideline, who catches the disc about 10 yards short of the end zone. Camp decides to make a move from the far handler space across the field towards Shriwise, racing Chicago's Matthew Rehder to the right-front pylon. Shriwise takes a chance, and he releases a scoober into the end zone, hoping to loft it over Rehder. Rehder is there for the block, and Chicago takes back possession.
Shriwise’s poorly thrown scoober leads to a Chicago score, and it also sparked a 3-0 run for the Wildfire. With momentum heading into the fourth, the Wildfire were able to close things out with a 21-18 victory in Madison. The loss put the Radicals at 4-6 and all but out of the playoff picture. The game essentially marked the end of an era; it was the Radicals’ third home loss of the season after last losing in Madison in 2013. And more importantly, the Radicals would go on to miss the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.