It's finally here. After seven long months, the 2013 IFL Regular Season begins tonight.
IFL Kickoff Classic features two highly anticipated contests between
United Conference rivals. The Kickoff Classic begins tonight as the
Green Bay Blizzard host the Sioux Falls Storm in a rematch of last
year's United Conference Championship game. Kickoff Classic weekend
resumes tomorrow night when the Chicago Slaughter travel to face off
against the Cedar Rapids Titans.
Sioux Falls Storm at Green Bay Blizzard
February 15th 7:30pm , Resch Center
Two-Time defending United Bowl Champion Storm, begin their quest for
the "Three-Peat" tonight. The traditionally veteran squad returns some
familiar faces, but the 2013 team will rely on a number of newcomers to
continue the winning tradition.
is 3-Time IFL MVP QB Chris Dixon. Insert Martevious Young, (6'2, 190)
QB from Southern Mississippi. During his Junior season, Young threw for
16 touchdowns vs. only 3 interceptions. He has some experience in the
indoor game as well after spending the 2012 season with the Omaha Beef.
"We're excited about him," stated Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "He's
the guy we singled out as having the youth and energy but still enough
indoor experience that he won't be awestruck with the indoor game."
There is no doubt that Young has some big shoes to fill as he looks to
achieve the high expectations of Storm Nation.
the many changes to the Storm roster, one thing remains constant. The
most dominating unit in all of indoor football, the Storm offensive
line, all return for the 2013 campaign. All-IFL OL Myniya Smith, All-IFL
Center Charlie Sanders, and Gerald Davis pave the way for this
explosive offensive unit.
Green Bay Blizzard were one win away from reaching the United Bowl last
season and are looking for revenge against the team that sent them
home. Head Coach Robert Fuller and his staff have assembled a team that
they feel can truly compete this season.
to Sioux Falls, Green Bay will rely on a newcomer to replace an All-IFL
performer. RB Laron Council moved on to the Cedar Rapids Titans this
offseason, but, if last week's preseason game against the Titans is an
indication, the Blizzard have found their new leading man. RB Joshua
Murray (5'10, 210, University of Mary/Minnesota Vikings) led the way for
the Blizzard rushing for 3 touchdowns in the 67-47 victory. Murray and
veteran signal caller Donovan Porterie should prove to be a lethal
combination for Green Bay in 2013.
kick returner B.J. Hill is back for the Blizzard as well. Hill lead the
IFL in kick return average (23.2, minimum 20 returns) and found the end
zone 4 times. His combination of speed and ability has the potential to
take over any game.
Chicago Slaughter at Cedar Rapids Titans
February 16th 7:05pm, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
Chicago Slaughter enter 2013 looking to improve upon last season's 6-8
campaign. The Slaughter missed the playoffs by the skin of their teeth,
falling in the final regular season game to the Lehigh Valley
Steelhawks. Steve "Mongo" McMichael returns to the sidelines with a
talented roster of players.
of Illinois alums QB Juice Williams and RB Daniel DuFrene provide
veteran leadership in the offensive backfield. DuFrene finished 4th in
rushing last season (657 yards) and tied for 3rd in rushing touchdowns
the biggest addition to the Slaughter comes on the defensive side with
the signing of 2012 Co-Defensive Player of the Year LB Ameer Ismail.
Ismail's 167 tackles were tops in the IFL a season ago. He also
accounted for 5.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.
Cedar Rapids Titans return for their sophomore year after finishing
with a 4-10 record in their inaugural season. Head Coach Mark Stoute
begins his first season with the team and will look to bring a new
culture to the program. The Titans were perhaps the most active IFL team
during the offseason, adding many experienced players to both sides of
biggest splash during the IFL free agency period occurred when the
Titans signed All-IFL RB Laron Council (5'10, 205, Northwest Missouri
State) from the Blizzard. Council accomplish a rare feat in indoor
football by rushing for over 1,000 yards (1,040) last season, adding 32
touchdowns on the ground. QB Charles McCullum joins the Titans after a
stellar 2011 season in Everett. McCullum spent much of last season on
injured reserve with an ankle injury. Rounding out the "Big-3" on
offense is All-IFL WR Carl Sims. Sims joins the Titans after spending
last season with the champion Sioux Falls Storm. In 2012, Sims led the
IFL with 1,180 receiving yards in addition to reaching the end zone 20
Don't miss out on any of the action! All IFL games can be seen on America One at www.b2tv.com. The Kickoff Classic is sure to set the stage for another exciting Indoor Football League Season.