Saturday, March 30, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
SaberCats Take Down Predators, 65-62
The San Jose SaberCats (2-0) opened their 2013 home slate by defeating the visiting Orlando Predators (0-2) 65-62 in thrilling fashion on Friday night at HP Pavilion in front of 11,263 fans. Quarterback Aaron Garcia completed 22-of-36 passes for 288 yards and seven touchdowns in his home debut for San Jose. Riddell Defensive Player of the Game, defensive back Clevan Thomas led the team in tackles with seven, and posted an eye-popping three interceptions, including one that sealed the game in the endzone as time expired.
"I'm proud of the guys, I told them let's stay the course, whatever happens forget about that play and let's look forward to the next one," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "No one was in doubt, even when they took the lead late, everyone was still focused until we won that football game."
A chippy first quarter didn't stop these two prolific offenses from putting up explosive numbers. The SaberCats reached the endzone on all three of their first quarter possessions, led by two touchdown grabs from wide receiver Jason Willis. The Predators found paydirt on both of their first quarter possessions with Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, wide receiver Amarri Jackson scoring both touchdowns, but still trailed 21-14 after one quarter.
After Thomas' second interception in as many games, Garcia and Willis hooked up for a third time, pushing the SaberCats lead to 14. However, Orlando stayed in the game with two touchdowns from quarterback Kyle Rowley to wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez, sandwiched around San Jose wide receiver Jamarko Simmons' second touchdown of the game, which brought the half time score to 35-28, in favor of the SaberCats.
Opening the second half with possession of the football, the Predators struck quickly, with Rowley finding Jackson for his third score to tie the game at 35. The teams then traded touchdowns as well as interceptions before Garcia fired a bullet to wide receiver Huey Whittaker for a 35-yard scoring strike to take the 49-42 lead into the final quarter.
The Predators again countered San Jose's attempts to put them away, starting the fourth quarter with two touchdowns and a pair of defensive stops to take the lead for the first time, 55-49. After a sack by San Jose defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher that resulted in a safety made the score 55-51, the teams traded touchdowns in the final minute. With just 27 seconds left on the clock, defensive back Mervin Brookins took the ensuing kickoff 58-yards for the score, putting the SaberCats ahead for good. Thomas intercepted a last-ditch attempt by Rowley in the endzone, his third interception of the game, to seal the 65-62 victory for San Jose.
For the SaberCats, their deep and dangerous receiving corps lived up to its name in the win. In the balanced attack, Willis led the way with eight catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Whittaker finished with six catches for 75 yards and a score while Simmons came through in the clutch with four catches, three for touchdowns and 35 yards. On defense, Thomas, the Hall of Fame selection put his ball-hawking skills on display once again, finishing with the three interceptions.
For Orlando, whose losing streak on the road stretched to 11 games, their gaudy offensive statistics weren't enough to deliver a victory. Rowley finished his impressive night 26-of-46 passing for 373 yards and nine touchdowns. On the outside, Jackson snagged 12 catches for 209 yards and five scores, while running mate Rodriguez ended with eight catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, cornerbacks Simeon Castille and Marcus Everett each registered one interception and fellow defensive back Dominic Jones led the team with five tackles on the night.
With the win, the SaberCats improved to 2-0 on the young season. Next week, San Jose takes its perfect start on the road in a matchup with their bitter rivals, the Arizona Rattlers (2-0), who knocked the SaberCats out of the playoffs en route to winning the 2012 ArenaBowl Championship. Next week's game can be found at 5:30 PM PT on Saturday, April 6 on the CBS Sports Network and on the radio at KNBR 1050.
Sharks Shut Down Power, 61-35, on Friday Night
Led by an impressive defensive effort and turnover-free football from quarterback Bernard Morris, the 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Pittsburgh Power, 61-35, at CONSOL Energy Center on Friday night.
A week after recording just one sack in the season opener in Tampa, the Jacksonville (2-0) defensive line generated consistent pressure throughout Friday's game, bringing down Pittsburgh (0-2) quarterback Jordan Jefferson on several occasions. Jerry Turner led the charge with 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in the first half, finishing the game with a total of three sacks. Overall, the Sharks racked up seven sacks in Friday's contest, as Turner, Justin Parrish, Aaron Robbins and Matt Marcorelle recorded at least a partial sack each.
Though Jacksonville led from wire-to-wire, the game remained close into the third quarter. The Sharks led 34-21 at halftime, but Pittsburgh opened the third with a scoring drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run by P.J. Berry. From there, though, the Sharks scored four of the game's final five touchdowns to take control.
With his team up by just six points midway through the third, defensive back Micheaux Robinson stepped up and delivered the first interception of the Sharks' season. Morris capped the ensuing drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put the Sharks up by two scores. On the ensuing Power possession, Terrance Smith intercepted Jefferson in the end zone to turn the ball over. Several plays later, Shark fullback Dusty Bear plunged in for his second rushing touchdown of the game. At that point, the Sharks led 42-28 and never looked back.
Earlier, Jacksonville had an opportunity to take control, as they forced a turnover on downs while already up by a 20-6 count. However, Morris was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a Pittsburgh safety. The Power scored on the ensuing drive to pull within a single score at that point.
Overall, Morris delivered a second consecutive strong performance for Jacksonville. He completed 26 of his 37 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns, adding 33 yards and two scores on his six rushing attempts. Morris has now totaled 11 touchdowns in without throwing a pick in the Sharks' first two games of 2013.
At fullback, Bear ran the ball six times for 13 yards and two touchdowns while contributing to a pass-protection unit that allowed just one sack. Jeron Harvey piled up 12 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown, while Jeff Hughley caught two touchdown passes for the second straight week and racked up 174 all-purpose yards. Markee White added 3 catches for 54 yards and a touchdown, while Maurice Avery grabbed 3 receptions for 18 yards.
For Pittsburgh, Jefferson ended the game 12-of-22 for 171 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, briefly leaving the game with what was announced as a rib injury. Jefferson returned for the fourth quarter, but in his absence backup Shane Austin completed seven of his 11 attempts for 85 yards and an interception.
With the win, the Sharks improve to 2-0 for the first time in franchise history. Jacksonville puts its perfect record on the line against the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 3, with kickoff from Cleveland set for 7:00 on Saturday, April 6. The game will air live on AM 600 WBOB and may also be watched online via the "AFL Live" video player.
Rattlers Top Blaze in Home Opener, 77-49
The Utah Blaze showed there is still work to be done before it reaches its ultimate potential, as the team dropped its home opener to the Arizona Rattlers on Friday, 77-49. Throughout the night, an inexperienced offense put its youth on display, struggling to maintain its rhythm.
The night was full of bizarre moments, beginning with Utah's first offensive snap. After DB David Hyland halted Arizona's opening drive with a diving interception, QB Tommy Grady had his first pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Rattlers DL Cliff Dukes, who returned it two yards to the end zone for a quick score.
Utah turned the ball over again during its second drive, as Grady was intercepted by DB Jeremy Kellem. Arizona converted the turnover into point off a two-yard touchdown pass from QB Nick Davila to WR Tysson Poots, putting Utah in an early 13-0.
Grady answered back on the ensuing possession, finding rookie WR Mario Urrutia for a 10-yard scoring completion to end the first quarter.
Arizona opened the second quarter with a five-play drive that ended in a 27-yard scoring toss from Davila to Poots, but the Blaze responded as Grady fired a four-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Thompkins to cut the deficit, 20-14 midway through the quarter.
Rookie DB Maurice Leggett stepped in front of a Nick Davila pass for an interception on the ensuing drive and Grady made quick work of the turnover, hooking up with WR Chase Deadder on a three-yard score to give Utah a 21-20 lead with 3:29 remaining in the half.
The teams traded score to close out the quarter, as Davila found Jared Perry on a 30-yard touchdown pass and Grady hit Urrutia on a 14-yard scoring completion. The Rattlers got the final score of the half, as Poots hauled in his third touchdown of the game to take a 33-28 lead at the midway point.
The third quarter proved disastrous for the Blaze, beginning with a 22-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Rattlers DB Virgil Gray on the opening drive. Utah failed to convert a fourth down on the following possession, leading to a one-yard touchdown run by Arizona FB Odie Armstrong.
Utah's third drive ended in yet another odd turnover, as Grady fired a pass over the middle that ricocheted off an official into the arms of an Arizona defender. Davila found Perry for a 23-yard score to give Arizona a 53-28 lead.
Tommy Grady finished the night completing 19-of-37 attempts for 195 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Mario Urrutia led all receivers with 11 receptions for 172 yards with three scores, while Chase Deadder hauled in six passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns of his own.
The Utah Blaze return to EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, April 6th to take on the Tampa Bay Storm.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Haymakers Fall Short To Bandits In First Home Game
The Haymakers fell in their home opener 42 to 20 to the Sioux City Bandits. The atmosphere was exciting for the New Victorian Suites Kickoff Classic despite the loss. Turnovers plagued the Haymakers throughout the game. The Haymakers gave the ball away three times, and the Bandits capitalized on the mishaps.
Quarterback A.J. Toscano had a pass intercepted on the opening drive which lead to a touchdown for Sioux City on the ensuing drive. Following the Bandits touchdown Cortney Grixby returned the kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game. The Haymakers recovered a fumble on the Bandits following drive but failed to score off of the turnover.
Sioux City scored on a 12 yard touchdown run to go ahead 14 to 7 late in the first quarter. The Haymakers answered back with a 5 yard touchdown pass from quarterback A.J. Toscano to Rickie Simmons but failed on the PAT. The first quarter ended with the Haymakers trailing by one.
Sioux City opened the 2nd quarter with a touchdown pass and went ahead 21 to 13. Toscano had another pass intercepted but the Haymakers' defense held strong and prevented a score off of the touchdown. Sioux City scored again, but the Haymakers answered back with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Toscano to Rhodes to end the half with the Haymakers down 28 to 20.
Sioux City opened the second half with a touchdown run to go ahead 35 to 20. The Haymakers and Bandits went back and forth throughout the quarter. The Haymakers gained some momentum when DL Kevin Cyrille had a tackle for loss on third down. The following play the Bandits missed a field goal to keep the score at 35 to 20 to end the third quarter.
To start the fourth quarter the Haymakers looked to close the gap. When the Bandits botched a field goals snap on fourth down the Haymakers took over on downs. The Haymakers were driving and relied on a fourth down conversion from Toscano to Rhodes. Toscano was sacked during the drive which knocked him out of the game.
Backup quarterback Blake Bolles came into the game and continued the drive. The Haymakers entered the red zone late in the fourth and looked to bring the game to a one score deficit. The Haymakers though failed to convert on fourth down attempt on the five yard line.
The Bandits followed the failed fourth down conversion with a touchdown pass to extend their lead 42 to 20. Bolles looked to bring his team back. He threw a touchdown pass to Shane Scott but the play was negated by a penalty flag. A final pass intercepted with a minute left in the ball game sealed the game.
The atmosphere was exciting for a crowd of over 1,600 inside the Pershing Center for the Haymakers home opener. Despite the loss, the Haymakers hung tough with the Bandits who extended their 31 game winning streak. Turnovers turned out to be a deciding factor in the game, as the Bandits scored on two drives following turnovers.
The Haymakers will be in action again against the Bloomington Edge, Friday April 5th. The team will look to continue their season as they stand 1-1 in the CPIFL.

Indoor Football League
Texas Revolution Increase Win Streak, Defeat Tri-Cities Fever
The Revolution (2-2) won Friday night against the Tri-Cities Fever (1-3) to even their record on the season. No team ever really was able to extend their past 7, until late in the game. The scoring went back and forth, likely because these same two teams played each other just one week ago in Allen. It wasn't until late in the 4th quarter when the Revolution were finally able to build up, and hold, a double-digit lead.
The Revs won 54-43 behind Quarterback Marcus Jackson's 16-28 and 4 TD performance, all without an interception. Jackson also added on 2 rushing touchdowns of his own and showed an ability to escape the Fever pressure and make something positive happen out of seemingly dead plays over and over again.
Jordan Jolly caught 2 touchdown passes and Mon Williams and Phillips Barnett each added one apiece. Williams also rushed for a score.
The defense was led by Frankie Solomon Jr., who has a knack for making big plays this season. Solomon Jr. intercepted Fever quarterback Kasey Peters twice and forced a
fumble, to go along with his game high 10 tackles.
The Revolution are on the road again next week, when they take on the Nebraska Danger on Saturday, April 6th.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
San Antonio Talons, Momentum Physical Therapy launch youth health and fitness program
The San Antonio Talons have teamed up with Momentum Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab to launch a new educational initiative — “Don’t Stop the Momentum.”
The program will educate students about the importance of living an active and healthy life. Participants will also learn proper nutrition and injury prevention.
Talons representatives and Momentum physical therapy staff will provide presentations to students, teaching them exercises and functional movements.
“Proper care for your body and attention to nutrition has to start at a young age,” said John Malfer, co-owner of Momentum Physical Therapy. “We are educating students to encourage them to confront the risk of complacency and injury with proactive and preventative measures to lead to a healthier future.”
The Talons and Momentum will give presentations to students in the North East, Northside, San Antonio and South San Antonio independent school districts.
Interested schools can call 210-390-4284 for more information on the new program.
SaberCats Add FB Tommy Taggart and LB Wesley Maui'a
The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned fullback Tommy Taggart, who spent 2012 in San Jose and former San Antonio Talons linebacker Wesley Maui'a on two-year contracts.
"Being able to add Wesley and bringing Tommy back into the fold gives our football team a big boost," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "Both of them are veterans in this league and are going to be counted on to help build on our success from Week 1."
Taggart (6-3, 285, Oklahoma) returns to San Jose after a fantastic 2012 campaign that was interrupted due to injury. The three-year Arena Football League veteran appeared in 11 games last season and carried the ball 46 times for 119 yards and 12 touchdowns. Additionally, he caught six passes out of the backfield for 57 yards and one more score. He was a key fixture as a pass protector as well for one of the most explosive offenses in the league. The former Oklahoma Sooner spent 2011 as a member of the New Orleans VooDoo, rushing for 193 yards and nine touchdowns on 44 carries in 16 games played. He broke into the league in 2011 with the Dallas Vigilantes as a defensive lineman, posting 14.5 total tackles in seven appearances.
Maui'a (6-2, 275, Western New Mexico State) spent the 2012 campaign with the San Antonio Talons, where he recorded 16 tackles (ten solo), as well as four-and-a-half sacks and had two fumble recoveries. While with Western New Mexico State, Maui'a had 24 tackles in just eight games for the Mustangs, including a career-high seven tackles against Chadron State. Maui'a also played for San Joaquin Delta College, where he was named first team All-Area in his sophomore year. The Stockton native attended Edison High School and earned First Team All-Area, Defensive Player of the Year and team's Most Improved Player honors as a senior.
Storm Add to Defensive Line
The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce the acquisition of defensive lineman Max Holloway.
"We're always looking for players that will help improve our team as a whole," said Storm vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. "Max is a player that we feel can help bolster the linebacker position."
Holloway (6-foot-1, 245 lbs., Boston College) played three seasons for Boston College. The Lutz, FL (Jefferson H.S.) native played in 36 games for the Eagles, starting in 16. He would finish his collegiate career with 99 total tackles, and 24.5 tackles for a loss, including 7.5 sacks. Holloway also had an interception, and three forced fumbles.
Follow Tonight's Sharks Game Live
The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks (1-0) square off against the Pittsburgh Power (0-1) in Week 2 of the 2013 Arena Football League season on Friday, March 29. Kickoff from CONSOL Energy Center is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Sharks enter this week's game with a 2-0 all-time record against Pittsburgh, defeating the Power once in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In the teams' last meeting, Jacksonville clinched its third straight South Division title with a 64-39 win over the Power in the final week of the 2012 regular season.
Please see below for details regarding the many methods that you may use to keep up with the game.
Television Broadcast
Saturday's game will air live throughout the Jacksonville area on This TV, a digital channel operated by WJXT. The game can be seen over-the-air on Channel 4.2 and on Comcast Channel 231. Unfortunately, This TV is not available for those with satellite providers. However, the game will be re-broadcast on WJXT Channel 4 at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Radio Broadcast
If you are unable to watch the game on TV, tonight's contest will also air live on AM 600 WBOB, with Zander Kean on play-by-play. You may listen to the broadcast by either tuning your radio to AM 600, or visiting and clicking the "Listen Live" button at the top of the screen. Beginning tonight, fans may also participate in a 30-minute postgame call-in show on WBOB. Those who wish to comment on the game are asked to call in to 904-854-1320 shortly after the conclusion of the game.
"AFL Live" Webcast
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the "AFL Live" video player on the League website. To view the webcast, visit THIS LINK . If the game does not start playing immediately, look for "Jacksonville Sharks at Pittsburgh Power" under Live Events. The standard definition webcast (labeled LoDef) is available free of charge, while the high definition broadcast carries a small fee. For more information about how to sign up for HD webcasts, please click HERE .
Live Stats
If you cannot watch or listen to the game by any of the above methods, you may keep track of all the action via live stats on the AFL website. To access stats for tonight's game, visit the front page of . At the top of the screen, just to the right of the league logo, you should see a menu that lists tonight's games. Once you've found the listing for "Jacksonville Sharks", click the "Gametracker" button to launch the live stats window.
Social Media Updates
Finally, keep up with the Sharks all throughout the game on our social media platforms. Be sure to visit our Facebook page or follow us on twitter @jaxsharks to stay up on what's happening up in Pittsburgh!

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Edge Visit Wichita in Battle of Scoring Leaders
The Bloomington Edge hit the road for the first time this season in a matchup of the top two scoring teams in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League this Saturday.
The Edge carry a 1-1 record into Saturday's 7:05 p.m. kickoff against the 3-0 Wichita Wild at Hartman Arena. The game can be heard on at 6:45. The Edge dominated the Mid-Missouri Outlaws last Friday at home in a 54-3 triumph behind 12-for-26 passing and 120 yards with three touchdowns for Jim DuPage and 42 yards rushing with one touchdown from Andre Raymond. LaVaughn Macon returned three field goals a total of 96 yards, including a 57-yard scoring return for the longest such play in the league this season, to earn CPIFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Wild average 56.3 points per game, just ahead of the 55 points per contest put up by the Edge. Wild quarterback Rocky Hinds, who played one season in Bloomington, is the current CPIFL Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 149 yards and four touchdowns in last week's 39-20 win over the Kansas Koyotes. Hinds leads the CPIFL with 12 touchdown passes and has not thrown an interception this season.
After Saturday's game, the Edge host contests on the following two Fridays beginning with an April 5 matchup with the Lincoln Haymakers.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

San Antonio Talons, Momentum Physical Therapy Launch Youth Health And Fitness Program

The San Antonio Talons have teamed up with Momentum Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab to launch a new educational initiative — “Don’t Stop the Momentum.”
The program will educate students about the importance of living an active and healthy life. Participants will also learn proper nutrition and injury prevention.
Talons representatives and Momentum physical therapy staff will provide presentations to students, teaching them exercises and functional movements.
“Proper care for your body and attention to nutrition has to start at a young age,” said John Malfer, co-owner of Momentum Physical Therapy. “We are educating students to encourage them to confront the risk of complacency and injury with proactive and preventative measures to lead to a healthier future.”
The Talons and Momentum will give presentations to students in the North East, Northside, San Antonio and South San Antonio independent school districts.
Interested schools can call 210-390-4284 for more information on the new program.

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
Native American tribe to sponsor Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have secured new sponsorship from the Ak-Chin tribe, which will see its home venue renamed Ak-Chin field.
The native American community, which has nearly 1,000 members, owns a casino and other entertainment properties in Arizona but did not reveal how much it was investing in the sponsorship.
“We are excited about the partnership we are fostering with the Arizona Rattlers,” said Ak-Chin tribal chairman Louis J. Manuel Jr.
“We respect the Rattlers’ commitment to community and know that our children will really enjoy the programmes this relationship will foster.”
Ak-Chin's tribal seal will be displayed at both ends of the Rattlers' field, while the agreement also includes plans for a series of activation events at the Ak-Chin-owned UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, which features cinemas, bowling, restaurants and live entertainment.
Chicago Rush to Host 'Rush against Violence' April 14th against Pittsburgh
The Chicago Rush are proud to announce that they will be hosting "Rush Against Violence" on Sunday, April 14th against the Pittsburgh Power. They will pair up with local youth groups, teams, churches and area police stations to help bring more awareness to the ever-increasing issue of violence in the Chicagoland area. In addition, the team will donate one dollar of every ticket sold to Chicagoland afterschool and summer programs.
"As a community member, one of our main responsibilities is to give back to those around us," Owner David Staral said. "It hurts to see the youth of Chicagoland suffering, and we cannot just sit back and watch it happen without trying to help in any way possible." The Rush, who were a part of anti-violence events at schools in the Auburn-Gresham and Logan Square neighborhoods last season, intend on providing a safe haven and education for those who have to deal with the ever-present issue of violence. They are once again making appearances at Chicagoland events this season to do their part in helping out neighboring communities.
Kickoff is slated for 3:00 at the Allstate Arena on Sunday, April 14th. On the field, the Rush will be returning home from a trip to San Antonio to host the Pittsburgh Power for the first time in franchise history.
Sharks Add Wideout Jarvis Williams
The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks made an addition at receiver on Wednesday, announcing that Jarvis Williams has been assigned to the team's roster.
The 25-year-old Williams (6'4", 220) attended training camp with the Orlando Predators prior to the start of the season, but was placed on recallable reassignment on March 17. He broke into the Arena Football League with Predators a year ago, appearing in 13 games during the 2012 season and starting nine of those contests. A midseason addition, Williams got a start in each of the Predators' final eight games of the season, including the team's Week 19 trip to Sea Best Field to face the Sharks.
A consistent target from the start, Williams was the Predators' second-leading receiver in 2012, catching 74 passes for 769 yards and a team-high total of 24 touchdowns. Williams caught two or more touchdown passes in seven of the Predators' last eight games, racking up four or more scores on three separate occasions. His top performance came in a Week 18 game against Cleveland, during which he hauled in 13 receptions for 147 yards and five touchdowns.
Williams also returned five kickoffs for a total of 65 yards during his time with the Predators.
Before beginning his AFL career, Williams enjoyed a successful stint at North Carolina State University. As a senior in 2010, Williams caught 52 passes for 713 yards and five touchdowns. Williams also totaled 11 touchdown receptions during his junior year. A native of Orlando, Williams attended Jones High School.
In another Wednesday transaction, the Sharks announced that offensive lineman Nick Torresso has been placed on reassignment. Following the day's transactions, the Jacksonville roster stands at the league maximum of 24 active players.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Wild Aim to Remain Undefeated against Edge
The Wichita Wild (3-0) is set to host the Bloomington Edge (1-1) at Hartman Arena on March 30, kick-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wichita is coming off a hard fought win over the Kansas Koyotes in their home opener to remain undefeated and in first place in the CPIFL. Bloomington enters this week's game on the heels of a 54-3 thrashing of the Mid-Missouri Outlaws last Friday.
Wichita won their season home opener last Saturday against the Kansas Koyotes, 39-20 at Hartman Arena. On the opening drive the Wild drove the ball to the 5 yard line but failed to convert on a third and goal when defensive lineman Callahan Bright, playing fullback, was stopped at the line of scrimmage and fumbled, recovered by the Kansas Koyotes. Worse than losing the fumble, the Wild also lost Bright to a season ending knee injury suffered on the same play. The Koyotes would go on to score the game's first touchdown on a quarterback draw on 4th and goal. Kansas opened the second quarter with a score when they recovered a blocked field goal in the end zone to give the Koyotes a 13-6 lead. The Wild defense came alive after the blocked field goal and went on to outscore the Koyotes 33-7 the rest of the way, which included shutting out the Koyotes for the entire second half. Wichita was led on defense by James McCartney's three sacks and quarterback Rocky Hinds threw 4 touchdowns and no interceptions to power the Wild's offense.
The Bloomington Edge defeated the Mid Missouri Outlaws 54-3 on Friday in their second game of the season. The game was a complete turnaround for the Edge's defense who had allowed 62 points to the Sioux City Bandits in their season opener just one week earlier. The Edge was without their starting quarterback David Knighton who was attending a professional tryout. Backup Jim DuPage, seeing his first game action in 5 years, completed 12 of 26 passes and cashed in three touchdowns. The star of Friday night's game was the Edge linebacker Ross Cochran who tallied 10.5 tackles, and an outstanding performance from the secondary, picking off three passes.
Player to Watch: Lineman James McCartney
McCartney wreaked havoc on the Koyotes offensive line recording three sacks. With the injury to Bright, and lineman Blake Gordon who also suffered a season ending knee injury against the Koyotes, McCartney should see an increase in playing time. The increase in playing time could lead to an increase in production for McCartney who currently leads the CPIFL in sacks with 7 through three games.
The Wild are set for Saturday against the Edge in Hartman Arena, with kick scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Omaha Beef Sign Derek Dreher
The Omaha Beef today announced the signing of former All-American defensive back Derek Dreher.
Dreher, the 6'1", 210 lb back out of University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse recorded 141 tackles in 44 games while in college while earning numerous honors. After college, Dreher has continued his pursuit of playing professional football and spent time in the Baltimore Ravens organization during 2012.
Omaha co-head coach and defensive coordinator James Kerwin said that he was excited to have an athlete of Dreher's caliber on the squad. "Derek is not only an exceptional athlete, but has exceptional character and will be an immediate contributor to our team," Kerwin said. "There is no doubt in my mind that Derek will soon be playing football at a higher level, so we are excited to have him here right now while he waits for that opportunity."
The Omaha Beef (1-0) will host the Kansas Koyotes (0-2) in their regular season home opener Friday night in their first ever regular season game at the new Ralston Arena. Kickoff is at 7:05pm.
Bombers to Hold Fusion Contest
One Salina Bombers fan will get the chance to win a brand new 2013 Ford Fusion when the Salina Bombers host the Mid-Missouri Outlaws at the Bicentennial Center this Saturday, March 30th. Long McArthur Ford Lincoln, who put a Ford Mustang up for grabs in the home opener, is the Salina Bombers exclusive halftime sponsor. Registration, for a chance to kick a 43 yard field goal, will take place at the Bicentennial Center up until kick-off at 7:05 pm
Tickets for the Bombers game on Saturday are $9, $14 and $22, tickets are available for $4.50 and $7.00 for kids ages 2-12. The box office at the Bicentennial Center is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and will be open at noon the day of the game.
The Fusion up for grabs will be on display at the Bicentennial Center on Saturday where fans can register to participate. One fan will be chosen for the contest to be held at halftime.
Gates to the arena will open on Saturday at 6:00, kick-off is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Indoor Football League
Take the Road to Chicago with the Titans
Details have just been announced for the Titans Bus Trip to Chicago! Cheer on the first place Titans as they take on the Chicago Slaughter in Chicago next Saturday, April 6th. Cost is $55 which includes round trip transportation courtesy of Cedar Valley World Travel, ticket to the game, t-shirt, a tailgate party at Gatherings Restaurant before the bus heads out, and light snacks & beverages on the bus.
The bus will leave Gatherings at 1 pm with a brief stop at Jo's Roadhouse in Solon. The bus will then head back to Cedar Rapids immediately following the game. $5 discount for season ticket holders. To register call Karol in the Titans office at 319-730-6301 x 106 or email Space is limited!
Colorado Ice Preparing for I-25 Rivalry
The Colorado Ice will be seeking their first win on the road in 2013 when they head north for their game against the Wyoming Cavalry at the Casper Events Center in Casper, WY. The game is Friday, March 29 and starts at 7:05 P.M.
The Ice have an opportunity to move past the Nebraska Danger, who have week seven off, and into sole possession of first place with a win over the Cavalry on Friday night. The Ice offense will likely look once again to wide receiver Justin Helwege (88) for a big game. Helwege has been an absolute nightmare in the red zone for opposing defenses this season. He currently leads the IFL with 10 touchdown receptions, and has reached the end zone on an incredible 59 percent of his catches this year (10 touchdowns, 17 receptions). Quarterback Willie Copeland (13) has 14 touchdown passes on the year, just two behind Danger QB Jameel Sewell for the league lead.
The Wyoming Cavalry will come in to the game looking to turn their season around after a rough 0-3 start. The Cavalry have allowed more than three times as many points as they've scored (183-54) so far in 2013, and they have been ranked last in the first two IFL coach's poll. However, there have been a few bright spots for the Cavalry. Thomas Gordon leads the IFL in kick return yardage and has already returned one kick for a touchdown this season while also catching a pair of touchdowns, and wide receiver Troy Evans' 17 receptions are tied for 5th in the IFL. The Cavalry have been undone by a leaky defense that has allowed an average of 61 points and 299 yards per game, both of which are by far the worst in the league.
History is not on the Cavalry's side either, as the Ice have taken the last 4 meetings between these squads, and 7 of 8 all-time. The only time the Cavalry beat Colorado was on May 27, 2011, when they edged out a 59-53 win in Casper.
Blizzard at Cedar Rapids Game Preview
The Green Bay Blizzard (0-4) travel down to play the Cedar Rapids Titans (4-0) on Mediacom Field at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena this Saturday at 7:05 p.m CT. This will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Blizzard holding a 2-0 advantage all-time.
The Blizzard look to rebound after a disappointing loss in which they put up a franchise-low 14 points against United Conference rival Chicago Slaughter. The Blizzard struggled on offense and special teams as the Slaughter blocked two Jordan Wettstein field goals and returned one for a TD. The Blizzard were able to add a B.J Hill touchdown run but it was too little too late as the team fell 27-14.
The Blizzard and the Titans are familiar opponents. The Blizzard defeated Cedar Rapids twice last season. This season,however, the Titans have four former Blizzard players on their roster in addition to Head Coach Mark Stoute who coached for the Blizzard during the 2008 season.
The Titans come into the game riding a four game winning streak and the best record in the United Conference. In their previous game the Titans routed the Wyoming Cavalry 54-12, in the Titans most lopsided victory in franchise history. The Titans defense set the tone as the team held the Cavalry to just 89 total yards. Defensively, the Titans are led by former Blizzard linebacker Trevor Glomski, who leads the team with 44 tackles, DL Xzavie Jackson who leads the IFL in sacks with nine and DB T.J Simmons who has snagged three interceptions this season.
Led by Head Coach Mark Stoute, the Titans will rely upon starting Quarterback Charles McCullum. McCullum,is a dual threat QB and has thrown for seven touchdowns this season and has also rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns. The Titans also have a trio of former Blizzard players on their potent offense, which leads the IFL in points per game with 53.3. RB LaRon Council, who rushed for 1,040 yards with the Green Bay last season carries the load for the Titans. Council is tied for the league lead with six rushing touchdowns. Brian Pray and Desmond Tardy have combined to catch eight touchdowns as well.
The Blizzard offense has struggled in the recent weeks. A week after tying a franchise-low for points scored (20) the offense followed up with a franchise-low 14 last week. QB Donovan Porterie, despite being second in the IFL in passing yards with 658, and the offense have struggled to convert third downs and move the ball effectively. WR Ryan Balentine is starting to emerge as the Blizzard's go-to receiver as he is currently second in the IFL with 23 pass receptions. The Blizzard will look for a spark this week against a very familiar opponent.
Defensively, the Blizzard have are starting to return to their dominant 2012 form. The defense has allowed only 41 points during the last two games. In addition, the team's rushing defense has stiffened as the team has only allowed two rushing touchdowns in the past two games while allowing 12 in the previous two. Led by DL Lebron Daniel, DL Tim Hume, DL James McClinton and DL Maurice Hampton the Blizzard defense will look to put the clamps on Titans RB LaRon Council.
Screamin' Head Buzz will host the official watch party of the Blizzard. Watch the Blizzard take on the Titans while enjoying food and drink specials.

Professional Indoor Football League
Raiders Hit the Road for Rematch with Knoxville
The Richmond Raiders (1-1) will renew acquaintances with the Knoxville Nighthawks (0-3) as the teams meet for the second consecutive week. Saturday's game in Knoxville follows a 41-23 Raiders win in Richmond last Saturday.
Last week the Raiders used a balanced offensive attack, including 45 rushing yards and two touchdowns from fullback Mike Jones, to top the Nighthawks and get their first win of the season. Richmond outscored Knoxville 21-8 in the second half and twice stopped the 'Hawks on fourth down; once on a QB sneak on fourth and one, and again after Knoxville had a first and goal at the Raiders' six yard line. Knoxville came into the game as the most prolific offense in the league, averaging 292 yards of total offense per game, but managed just 138 yards against the Raiders - the second-lowest total in PIFL history.
2012 PIFL MVP Antwon Young returned to the Raiders last week and started at quarterback, notching two touchdowns passing and one rushing before going down with a knee injury early in the third quarter. He did not return to the game and is being evaluated this week. His status for Saturday's game is unknown. If Young can't play, Warren Smith will get the start. Smith replaced Young last week and led the Raiders to three touchdowns in as many possessions. Including his start in the season opener against Alabama, Smith has completed 41% of his passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Wide receivers Herb Jones and Antwun Williams each have over 100 yards on the young season, and Hakeem Moore is four yards shy of that mark. Moore and Jones have each scored two touchdowns. Mike Jones has three rushing scores and is averaging 26.5 yards per game, both of which rank second in the league. Thanks in large part to keeping Knoxville wideout Deandre Brown in check last week, Raider DB Davon Morgan is fifth in the league in tackles and third in passes defended.
The Nighthawks will be playing their home opener after three straight road games to start the season. They hope the return to familiar territory will energize the team, which has allowed a league-high 54 points per game. Knoxville came away with points on just one of three trips into the red zone last week, on pace with their 35% scoring rate on red zone possessions. Saturday's matchup will be broadcast live on the Raiders' website, Coverage starts with the pregame show at 6:30; kickoff is slated for 7:00.

Ultimate Indoor Football League
Raiders Prepare For Rematch
The Raiders are coming off of a tough loss to the Florida Tarpons but returning home to play in front of the home crowd. The final score of the game, 41-36, does not amount to the excitement of the game.
The Raiders fought hard on the road but still were not able to get over the challenge of defeating the Tarpons. The Raiders trailed at halftime 28 to 16 but came out strong in the second half. A touchdown run from Bj Hall and later a touchdown pass to Roderick Jefferson and Jason Harmon had the Raiders trailing by 5 points with under one minute left in the game. Sam Smith had a big interception which gave the Raiders the ball back with 44 seconds left in the game. A false start started the drive and the drive ended with a scrambling Bj Hall interception to end the game for the Raiders.
"It was a tough loss and hard fought but with the way we played and the mental mistakes we had, we still had a chance to win the game and we know we are a better team that played that night" said Coach Mink. That loss was the first for the 2013 season for the Raiders but it does not put them out of contention of the playoffs or even hosting the championship game. The Raiders just have to beat the Tarpons this weekend and continue to win the rest of their games.
The Raiders are also pleased to have 3-time pro bowl Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson doing the coin toss for the rematch! A product from the University Northern Colorado, Vincent (V.J.) was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round in the 2005 NFL Draft. Standing at 6'5 and weighing 240lbs, Vincent was a true specimen when entering the NFL and turn heads when he clocked a 4.46 40 yard dash for scouts. With his speed, size and strength, he has been one of the best receivers in the NFL since entering. Vincent then signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
He was very impressive in his first season with the Buccaneers and set multiple Buccaneer records, with the longest reception in Tampa Bay history (95 yards) and the most receiving yards in a single game (216 yards). Vincent will also be giving thanks to all Raiders and Buccaneers fans at the Raiders game. He will be doing an autograph and meet and greet session for all fans from 6:15pm to 7:00pm ONLY. He will then be doing the coin toss and enjoying the Raiders game with his family and friends. The doors for the arena open at 6:00pm, get their early if you would like to have your picture taken with him or an autograph.
"I am very grateful VJ is taking the time out of his busy schedule to come do the coin toss and watch our game. We definitely plan on putting on a great show for him, his family and friends" commented General Manager Feddy Azofeifa.
The Raiders kick-off is at 7:30pm on Saturday March 30th against the Florida Tarpons.

Missouri Monsters Challenge Marion Blue Racers From CIFL To Cross League Game

The Missouri Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) have agreed to terms with the Marion Blue Racers of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) to play the first ever cross league game.
The game will be played on Saturday April 6th at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm Central Time. The game will be streamed live at:
"Having gotten to know the Blue Racers owner LaMonte Coleman over the past few years, there isn't an owner in this business that I will have more pleasure in beating. He left our league to go to a lower league, and he thinks he can compete with us? Thats just crazy. There is NO chance they beat us. I do respect Mr. Coleman for accepting the challenge when several other teams in his league didn't." Said Monsters Owner Andrew Haines.
"I'm so confident that the Monsters will win, that I guarantee it! If we lose, everyone in attendance will receive a FREE ticket voucher they can use for any of the remaining regular season home games." Added Haines.
The Marion Blue Racers are currently in their 3rd season of play. In 2012 the Blue Racers were members of the UIFL Northern Conference, and reach the playoffs. They lost in the first round of the postseason to the Erie Explosion in the first UIFL Outdoor Game. The team is located in Marion, OH, and are the only professional football team in Central OH.
"I want to thank the Missouri Monsters for inviting us to play them in their city. Mr. Andrew Haines is always working on ways to make the game fun for the fans," expressed CEO and Head Coach LaMonte Coleman.
"Andrew and I have been working on a game like this for about a year now. It will be fun to play against some of my former players but I want them to see that it was a mistake to leave my organization. My goal is to win the game and show why I chose to play in the CIFL. If my team loses, which I know that we won't, I will make a small donation to a charity that Andrew currently supports." Add Coleman.
Blue Racers Team captain Thomas "Tmac" McKenzie and other players are excited to play against some of their former teammates.
"There is no doubt that I am going for the sack record against them. Who do they have that can block me - Said Tmac.
The Missouri Monsters are currently in their first season of play. In May of 2012 the Monsters were announced as an expansion team in the Ultimate Indoor Football League.
Both teams are struggling to get wins, as the Blue Racers are 1-5, with their lone win coming by way of forfeit. The Monsters are 0-2 and looking for the first win of the season. Each team has made head coaching changes, and Monsters new Head Coach Martino Theus started the 2013 season as the Blue Racers Head Coach.
"First, I want to thank Lamonte for the opportunity to coach his organization, be apart of such a good city, and great people in Marion. Now I'm head coaching for a great owner, team. It's just straight business with the team. We know we have better athletes, talent all around. I love being able to coach against a good friend of mine (Mr. LaMonte Coleman) of fourteen years. This win will be big for our organization and fans plus some former players that are with us now. I know they are ready to play against Marion for sure. We will be ready as a team to beat Marion." Said Monsters Head Coach Martino Theus.
Tickets for the game start at $7.00 and can be purchased at the Family Arena Box Office, and through Suites are available for the game, contact the team office for more information 636-395-0896 or email