Arena Football League
Predators Trade McIntosh to Iowa for Jordan
Monday afternoon, the Orlando Predators traded defensive back Erick McIntosh to Iowa for offensive lineman Gershom Jordon.
born January 23, 1988 (6'6", 310lbs) is a Rookie in the AFL. Prior to
joining the league, Jordon attended Tennessee State where he earned
Second-Team All-Conference honors his senior year.
really did not have a bad camp," said head coach Doug Plank. "There is
so much talent at his position right now, and camp is challenging for
any coach, because we have to reduce our roster. McIntosh is a player
who is capable of playing anywhere and at this time, we have a need at
offensive line. Gershom Jordon will be a good edition to that group."
Players Continue to Impress Soul Coaches with Three Days Left
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx
Casino, continue to put in hard work during practice at the NovaCare
Complex in Philadelphia. The Soul players understand the importance of
playing with a sense of urgency in the last few days of camp.
players continue to put forth the effort of executing plays and not
stopping until they hear the whistle. Each player knows the importance
of showing the coaching staff what they are capable of. Meanwhile, the
coaching staff is still busy implementing the 2013 playbook into their
the Soul will continue with practice. There are three days left for the
2013 training camp. Saturday, the Soul will have a scrimmage against
the Pittsburgh Power at the NovaCare Complex from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
SPOTLIGHT: DB LARICO STEVENSON (5'10, 205, West Georgia): Veteran DB
LaRico Stevenson, entering his fourth season, returned to the Soul
during the offseason. In 2012, Stevenson played the last six games of
the season with the Soul, recording 20 tackles, two interceptions, two
fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. His prior experience includes
playing with the Tulsa Talons, New Orleans VooDoo and Pittsburgh Power.
Stevenson has 161 tackles and seven interceptions in his career.
OF THE DAY: "I look at it as it's my role on the team," said Rayshaun
Kizer when asked about being a leader on the defense. "I try to help and
mentor the younger guys. I try to be a positive role model by doing the
right thing both on and off the field." When asked about this season,
Kizer replied, "Aside from winning the championship, I want to break my
own record. I want 18 or more interceptions." Kizer's response when
asked about the upcoming March Madness, he said, "I don't follow college
basketball, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Michigan."
STARTS AT THE LINE: The Philadelphia Soul had the best scoring offense,
with the best rushing offense and No.7 passing offense. These rankings
help explain the Soul's 15-3 season and ArenaBowl appearance in 2012.
However, one factor that often is overlooked is the offensive line.
success of the offensive line allowed the Soul to score on the ground
and in the air. The Soul's offense outscored the second best team, San
Jose SaberCats, by 85 points. The Soul's run offense out-ran the No.2
run offense by 161 yards. As far as protection for the quarterback, the
Soul's offensive line led the AFL with the sacks allowed by giving up
five sacks on the season. The next runner up was the Arizona Rattlers
who allowed nine sacks.
returners from last season's AFL-best offensive line include Christian
Johnson (6'4, 320, Kentucky) and Brennen Carvalho (6'1, 320, Portland
St.). During the offseason, the team acquired veteran Jason Jones (6'4,
340, Idaho) and rookie Sioeli Fakalata (6'3, 330, New Mexico St.) who
will have a lot to live up to as members of the Soul's offensive line.
this season's Soul to have an explosive season as they did in 2012, the
line will need to protect QB Dan Raudabaugh and make the holes for FB
Derrick Ross. For the offense to succeed, it all starts at the line.
Sharks Host Preseason Game Friday
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday
that the team will hold a free preseason benefit scrimmage for a third
consecutive year. This season, the Sharks will host the division rival
Orlando Predators for a game that kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Friday, March
15, on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
will be FREE in all SURFACE lots near the arena. Please note that this
does NOT apply to parking garages. Free parking is available for SURFACE
event will also serve as the first opportunity for 2013 season ticket
holders to pick up their tickets for the upcoming season. Season ticket
holders will be able to pick up their ticket packages beginning at 1:00
p.m. in the Duval Room within the arena. Season ticket holder gifts -
including beach towels, tailgate chairs and key chains, will be
distributed at a later date, and more specific information on pickup of
these gifts will be included in the ticket packages.
this game, the Sharks have partnered with First Coast No More Homeless
Pets (FCNMHP), an organization that aims to eliminate the needless
killing of dogs and cats in our local community through free and
low-cost spay and neuter programs. The organization also operates the
Jacksonville Pet Food Bank, providing qualified low-income families with
the resources necessary to keep their pets healthy.
Channel 4 will serve as the media partner for this preseason event,
utilizing their platform to raise awareness of FCNMHP's mission.
are very pleased to offer a free preseason event for a third straight
year," Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. "This scrimmage will be
an outstanding chance to give our great fans an early look at our 2013
team, while also providing an opportunity for our community to come
together for a great cause. Through the generosity of our fans, we will
make significant strides towards FCNMHP's goal of ending the needless
killing of adoptable pets."
to the preseason scrimmage is free of charge, however fans are asked to
bring a donation of pet food that will be collected outside the arena
on behalf of FCNMHP. Cash donations will also be accepted for fans
wishing to contribute in that manner.
bags of dry pet food are FCNMHP's greatest need, though cans of wet
food will also be accepted at this event. A full list of the FCNMHP
"wish list" can be found online at
goal is to keep pets with their families and out of shelters. There are
dogs and cats going hungry in our community and this is one way to
help," said Rick DuCharme, executive director of FCNMHP.
four weeks prior to the Sharks' home opener, the game will give fans a
chance to get an early glimpse at the Sharks before the team embarks on
its season-opening three-game road trip. The gates will open at 7:00
p.m. for the general public. Seating will be available on a first-come,
first-serve basis, though season ticket holders who wish to sit in their
usual seats may enter the arena beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sharks' preseason kickoff weekend will continue the following day, as
Burrito Gallery is set to host a meet and greet with Sharks players,
coaches and the Attack Dance Team. At this event, fans will have the
opportunity to get to know the 2013 Sharks before the season begins.
More specific details about the meet and greet will be announced in the
Storm Pursues The Details
was a sense of urgency in the air today as players began to feel the
pressure of final cut day looming. Day eleven of training camp found the
team working extra hard to prove that they belong in a Storm uniform.
is a different type of game," said Storm defensive back Chris Smith.
"I'm focused on learning and working on the fundamentals."
has been the name of the game this entire training camp. The coaching
staff must teach the team the details if it wishes to succeed this
season. One detail the staff has been focusing on is pursuit. A pursuit
drill consists of the team defense swarming to the ball after a
completion. Nobody gives up and they must always look for the ball after
every play. These drills train the defense to follow the ball to either
prevent the carrier from scoring, or to possibly force a turnover.
win games guys," said Storm head coach Dave Ewart. "We must do all the
things necessary to learn the details of the game."
With only two days left, learning the details could be the deciding factor when choosing that final 24-man roster.
Forward: Arena Football League Commissioner Jerry Kurz will be stopping
by Storm training camp at Skyway Park (3901 George Road, Tampa)
tomorrow, March 14 at 12:00 PM, as part of his 2013 Training Camp Tour.
Perspective: "You guys have to do all of the stuff to be a pro," said
Ewart. "The difference between good and great is in the details."
of the Day: On getting a grasp on the style of play that comes with
arena football, Storm wide receiver Chris C. Davis said, "We know it's
coming down to the end of camp. We just have to get a good feel for the
game and be confident in what we do."
Spotlight: First-year Storm receiver Greg Ellingson comes to the Storm
after spending part of the 2012 AFL season with South Division rival New
Orleans VooDoo. The Tampa, FL native signed as an undrafted free agent
with the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL) in 2011 and spent the 2012 NFL
offseason and training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ellingson
brings height and sure hands to an already strong receiving corp.,
making several scoring plays during training camp.
VooDoo's Doug Miller Promoted to Assistant Head Coach
New Orleans VooDoo, headed by Coach Pat O'Hara, announces the promotion
of current Special Teams Coordinator, Assistant Defensive Coordinator,
and Line Coach, Doug Miller, to Assistant Head Coach on Wednesday, March
Miller enters his second season with the New Orleans VooDoo as the
team's Special Teams Coordinator, Assistant Defensive Coordinator, and
Line Coach and first season as the VooDoo's Assistant Head Coach.
comes to the VooDoo after spending two seasons as the Orlando Predators
line coach on O'Hara's staff. Miller also served as the assistant
defensive line coach for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL in 2011, while
also serving as the Head Coach for the Orlando Fantasy of the Lingerie
Football League in 2010 and 2011.
the wing of O'Hara in Orlando, Miller helped lead the Predators to
back-to-back playoff appearances as an assistant coach. Orlando also
ranked No. 2 in Total Defense in 2012, largely due in part to Miller's
tutelage with the defensive line and linebackers.
to hanging up the cleats, Miller enjoyed an outstanding 7-year playing
career with the Predators. During his tenure with the Predators, Miller
played all three offensive line positions, fullback, mac linebacker, and
some defensive line. He was named to the All-Ironman Team twice during
finished his AFL career with 75.5 tackles (60 solo) and 9.5 sacks,
while also catching seven passes for 25 yards and a touchdown from the
tight end position. The Predators went to the playoffs every season with
Miller on the team, and made an appearance in the ArenaBowl XX in 2006,
losing, 69-61, to Chicago.
Tampa, Fla. native was a four-year letter winner at Howard University,
and a two-year starter on the defensive line. Miller's best season with
the Bison came his senior campaign, registering 25 tackles for a loss
and 16.5 sacks en route to All-Conference honors.
his distinguished playing career at Howard, Miller went on to play two
seasons with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL, a season with Scottish
Claymores of NFL Europe, and the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL before
settling in with the Predators.
Sharks Training Camp Report - March 13
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks held their final full
practice of training camp at Plantation Park on Wednesday morning.
the last few days of work, the Shark coaching staff has done their best
to emulate a game week of preparation, which will allow the many new
players to know what to expect once the regular season gets underway.
Wednesday's fast-paced workout featured a focus on situational football
and wrapped up with a period of special teams work after the team
session was complete.
this point, head coach Les Moss and his staff has had nearly two weeks
to evaluate the talent on their roster. Each player will have one final
chance to impress on the field during Friday's preseason scrimmage,
which will be the first time that many of the Shark rookies have dealt
with the walls, the most unique aspect to arena football.
worth watching will be rookie receivers Charles Gilbert and J.J. Hayes,
who have yet to play in an indoor football game. Though these two
wideouts have adjusted well during training camp, they will need to
quickly adapt to catching passes in traffic up against the walls.
the Sharks and Predators square off, the coaching staff will have a
chance to review the game film from the scrimmage, incorporating what
they see on the field in their final roster decisions. Coach Moss and
his assistants will make the tough decisions necessary to bring the team
down to a 24-man active roster by Saturday evening.
Sharks announced Tuesday that offensive lineman Thomas Claiborne has
been assigned to the team's roster. Claiborne brings a year of AFL
experience to Jacksonville, as he logged nine starts in seven total
appearances with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2012. Claiborne originally
joined the Tampa Bay Storm for this season, but was placed on
reassignment by the Storm on March 1.
24-year-old Claiborne (6'3", 340) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2011 NFL season, but was waived
by the team in training camp. He spent his college career at Boston
College, where he was a mainstay along the Eagles' offensive line,
appearing in 40 games with 34 starts during his time at the school.
Claiborne is a native of Randolph, Massachusetts.
Sharks also announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis
has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Following the
day's transactions, the Shark roster stands at the league maximum of 28
Shark secondary is a crowded group, as each of the team's seven
defensive backs have at least one season of indoor football experience.
While Bill Alford, Micheaux Robinson and LaRoche Jackson return to the
team, the Sharks added a pair of veterans to the group, including former
Georgia Force standout Tracy Belton.
made an impact throughout the 2012 season, as he led the Force with 11
interceptions despite missing six games with a midseason injury. He also
finished second on the team with 54.5 total tackles, added nine pass
breakups and recorded a fumble. Belton's performance earned him a spot
on the All-Arena Second Team.
teammates Jerry Turner, R.J. Archer and Matt Marcorelle, Belton joins a
Shark team that knocked his squad out of the playoffs after both the
2011 and 2012 seasons. After Thursday's practice, Belton talked about
his experience since moving to Jacksonville.
love everything about Jacksonville," Belton said. "I love the fans. If
you're not hyped to come play in Jacksonville in this arena, you
shouldn't to play football. It's incredible the way they do things, I
love everything about it."
Sharks will gather for team meetings and a brief walkthrough on
Thursday morning. The team will not hold another full practice during
training camp, instead taking on the Orlando Predators in a free
preseason scrimmage on Friday, March 15. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. on
Kim Brown Instills Fire in Blaze Organization
up in the football-rich state of Texas, new Utah Blaze majority owner
Kim Brown has always felt a strong connection to the gridiron. Even in
her early years, she served as the manager of her father's little league
team. Naturally, Brown jumped at the opportunity to play Powder Puff
football upon reaching junior high school.
to be held back by the notion that she was too small or that girls
couldn't play football, one distinct memory defines Kim Brown's "spark
lunch time in junior high, me and a few of the girls would take out our
football and toss it back and forth. One day, the biggest player on our
junior high boys team decided to intercept our football and ran away
with it. Well, I was so ticked, I went flying after him," Brown
explained. "I caught up with him and ended up tackling him into an ant
bed to get my football back. When I tackled him, he actually got a
concussion and they had to take him to the hospital for observation."
"chip on the shoulder" mentality Brown acquired as a youth has come to
serve as a guiding point as she ventures into the Arena Football League.
always like to root for the underdog because I feel like in my life -
I've always been the underdog. When everyone else has given up and
thrown in the towel, that's when I shine, that's when I thrive, and
that's when I show them that anything is possible. I love being a part
of a process that will help the AFL be successful and maybe someday
become a close second to the NFL."
yearned to attend the University of Texas upon graduation of high
school, where she could watch the storied Longhorns football program
week-in and week-out. As an active member of the LDS Church, she instead
made her way out to Utah after enrolling at Brigham Young University,
where she majored in marketing and public relations.
many successful years in the radio marketing industry, Kim Brown &
Associates was born in March of 2000. During the company's first year of
operation, Brown managed to place $1.1 million in revenue by herself.
In its second year, the business doubled with just two part-time
associates. Just over a decade later, Kim Brown & Associates has
grown into one of the top marketing agencies in the state of Utah.
think a big part of why I was doing so well was because I cared more
about the customer than I did myself. I think that resonated with a lot
an owner in the Arena Football League, Brown hopes to follow that same
principle by providing the fans with more entertainment value.
have to open up to other ideas that get the customer in our doors and
loving our product. A lot of it is trying to enhance the product by
teaming with other viable entertainment experiences."
extensive plan for the Utah Blaze includes providing a live,
interactive mobile fantasy football game that allows the fans to track
the players and their statistics in real time. She also hopes to couple
the games with concert acts, providing a more entertaining atmosphere.
Of course, Brown intends on taking full advantage of the fan-friendly
nature of Arena Football by creating a more personalized experience when
it comes to the players.
thing about the NFL is that the players are so unapproachable. Our guys
love being out there in the public. I want the team and their stories
to be the focal point."
the team on the field ascends into the AFL's elite, Brown's intention
is to take the Utah Blaze beyond the realm of sports by providing the
fans with an unforgettable experience at each game.
saw the team was one of the best in the League. We already have our
product and our product is awesome. Now it's just a matter of having the
fuel and ammunition from the business side of it. If we can get that
side of it on track, we're going to have a very successful
Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Bombers Launch Rivalry Contest
The Salina Bombers are inviting area schools to "MAKE SOME NOISE".
Salina Bombers announced today they will be hosting a weekly contest
that will feature area school rivalries. For each home game, fans will
see who can generate the most noise in support of their favorite school
that week in a head-to-head contest. The winner each week will move on
in the bracket, with the championship to be decided at the last Bomber
home game on May 25th.
the first game on Saturday, the Bombers invite fans of Salina South to
sound off versus fans of Salina Central. The winner of the season long
contest will earn a trophy to be displayed at their school, along with a
donation from the Salina Bombers to the winning school's football
Bicentennial Center will be open until 8:00 pm on Friday and open at
Noon on Saturday for ticket sales to Saturday's game. Fans are invited
to come out and buy tickets early for the inaugural game. The Salina
Bombers will host the Wichita Wild for a 7:05 kick-off, doors open at
Edge Set for Friday's Season Opener at Home
a two-week training camp after several additional weeks of preparation,
the Bloomington Edge are ready for opening night of the eighth season
of indoor football in the Twin Cities this Friday.
Edge host the Sioux City Bandits for a 7:05 p.m. kickoff on Friday at
U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The contest is the first for both teams in the
new Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The Bandits are a
familiar opponent in Bloomington indoor football after competing in
United Indoor Football and the Indoor Football League.
really like our talent level," said Edge head coach Kenton Carr. "This
is a good group of guys off the field as well. They are very coachable.
They also love being with the fans, as I didn't have to ask twice for
them to attend Tuesday's season ticket holder party."
Edge's opening week roster includes quarterbacks David Knighton and Jim
DuPage; wide receivers LaVaughn Macon, Marcus Lewis, Jasonus Tillery,
Mitchell Moore and Wes Schmidgall; running back Lee Banks; offensive
linemen Ray Krishock, Josh Coyle, Jamarcus Gorman and Will Keglar;
defensive linemen Jeff Sobol, Antonio Ficklin, Shonn Bell and Ryan
Jenkins; linebackers Tim Duran and Fred Godfrey; defensive backs Josh
Morris, Dustin Craig, Lee Adams, Mike Minehan and Caleb Young; and
kicker Steven Fetzer.
special Family 4 Pack is available for Friday's game featuring four
tickets, four hot dogs, four chips and four Pepsi products for only $40.
Magnetic schedules courtesy of Ron Smith Printing will be given to fans
attending Friday's game.
Legends Football League
Omaha Players Showing Extra Heart For The Community
ringing, food drives and fundraising just aren’t enough for the Omaha
Heart. The team wants to give everything they can back to the community
and have already participated in and hosted several community events.
Heart have already been bell ringers for the Salvation Army, assisted
with a food drive, and helped out at an annual diaper drive. However,
this has not been enough. They are always looking for ways to improve
Smyth, a defensive end and linebacker for the Heart has put together a
program to give back to the community every month. Smyth said, “I wanted
the opportunity to give back more often,” which led to the team’s
upcoming efforts for the community.
wanted the team to be known as community activists, not just athletes.
According to Smyth, “There’s not another LFL team that will give back as
much to the community as we will.”
the program “Hearts Share Love”, Smyth said that each month Heart
players will have a different event to give back to the community. She
said that because, “Nebraska is a very family and community oriented
state it just makes sense (for us to give back).”
encourages Heart fans to provide suggestions for the Heart’s program.
The Heart players will use their Facebook pages to allow fans to suggest
opportunities to give back to the community.
a fan requested that the Heart give back to the Buford Foundation. The
foundation focuses on building young kids confidence through a camp in
Wyoming called Camp Confidence. For more than 30 years the Buford
Foundation has been providing programs for youth to develop life skills.
“Everybody needs confidence. It is something that we all have in
common,” said Smyth.
Heart have partnered with a sports bar to sponsor the fundraiser for
the Buford Foundation. Clancy’s sports bar at 114th and Dodge will be
donating a portion of the proceeds from its Saturday night cover as well
as a percentage of proceeds from certain drinks. Smyth said, “Clancy’s
supports us and is more than willing to support a cause we believe in.”
The ladies are committed to several events over the next few months. The
Buford Foundation fundraiser is just the start of Hearts Share Love.
Heart plan to donate their time to the following: Big Dreams Weekend on
April 4-6, and the American Heart Association’s heart walk on May 11.
Heart also are planning a car wash fundraiser for a to-be-determined
cause during the summer. Smyth sums it up well when she says, “We are
the Omaha Heart, it just makes sense that we show that we have lots of
heart for our community.”
For more information on Big Dreams Weekend and the Heart Walk, please refer to their websites www.bigdreamsweekend.com and www.omahaheartwalk.com.
To stay up to date on the Heart’s philanthropic efforts, check out their fan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MyOmahaHeart
Lone Star Football League
Amarillo Venom Announces Free Coaches' Tickets
Amarillo Venom announced that they will be giving free tickets to area
coaches brought to you by Britkare and Don-Joy. The free coaches'
tickets are valid for middle, high school, and college coaches and
coaching IDs must be shown.
campaign is to show appreciation for the area coaches that takes care
of the young athletes in the area. Sometimes coaches serve as more than
just a sports instructor, but also as a mentor, a second parent and a
close friend. The Amarillo Venom recognizes this reality and wants to
give thanks to the coaches for their dedication to not only their sport
but also to those that play under them.
order to register to be eligible for free tickets, coaches can e-mail
Stephanie Tucker at Stephanie@govenom.com or John Lee at
Coaches just need to provide the school, the sport, and at time of ticket pickup their coaches association ID.
Professional Indoor Football League
Richmond Raiders Opening Night Is Saturday
Richmond Raiders will start their fourth season of professional indoor
football this Saturday, March 16, when they host the Alabama Hammers.
Fans will get their first look at the Raiders since the 2012 PIFL
Championship Game, and the team taking the field Saturday will feature
several returning veterans from 2012's 11-3 team, along with some
heralded indoor rookies. The Raiders will need to get up to game speed
quickly against an Alabama team that already has a game under its belt.
of the most important factors in the Raiders' success last year was the
play of league MVP, quarterback Antwon Young. Young was invited to Iowa
Barnstormers' training camp in the Arena Football League, and with the
departure of last year's backup QB James Steadman, who signed with the
rival Albany Panthers over the offseason, the QB position was wide open
during training camp. After a heated competition, head coach James
Fuller named Warren Smith his opening night starter. Smith will take his
first official snap in indoor football Saturday, but is no stranger to
the 50-yard game. Smith caught the eye of Raider head coach James Fuller
after working out for the Utah Blaze of the AFL. "We are very pleased
to have Warren," Fuller said.
has played a number of snaps on a high level overseas and in college,
and has a high football IQ which should help him pick up the game
quickly." Smith led the Maine Black Bears to the NCAA national
quarterfinals in 2011 while setting a single-season school record with
3,122 passing yards. He spent a season in the German football league,
where he threw for 28 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in 14
games. He also rushed for 11 touchdowns and led his team to the league
semifinals. Malik White will back up Smith.
will be surrounded by veterans who will need no introduction to Raider
fans. Antwun Williams, Herb Jones, Hakeem Moore, and Jason Lovett all
return from a 2012 receiving corps that featured a blend of size and
speed and combined for over 2300 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns.
Additionally, the 2012 offensive line of Kynneth Moses, Derek Stoudt,
and Brandon Grier returns intact. Fullback Anthony Silvers also moved on
to participate in Iowa training camp, but indoor veteran Rodney Sledge
figures to step in without missing a beat.
the Raiders experienced some turnover on the line with second-team All
PIFL end Lawrence Lewis announcing his retirement. Brandon Sutton and
James Carter return to the rotation, and newcomer Chris Peoples will be
in the mix as well. Preston Hines will provide versatility as he can
line up at linebacker or on the line, as can newcomer (and college
teammate of Warren Smith) Raibonne Charles. The defensive backfield
returns largely intact, with Maurice Thorne, Ke'mon Bailey, and RoShawn
Marshall bringing a combined 10 interceptions from 2012. They will be
joined by Davon Morgan, a four year starter at Virginia Tech. He was
named second team All-ACC as a senior after notching five interceptions
and finishing second on the team in tackles and was signed by the New
York Jets. Kevin Allen and Calvin Brown will provide depth at
Hammers come in at 1-0 after a last-second win over the Lehigh Valley
SteelHawks last week. Quarterback Kevin Eakin and receivers Jeremy Grier
and Charles McClain combined to execute a 25-yard hook and lateral on
the game's final play to give Alabama a 29-28 win. The Raiders, however,
are a perfect 4-0 against the Hammers including a sweep of the teams'
three meetings in 2012. In two games in Richmond, the Raiders have
outscored the Hammers 116- 73.
matchup will be on Community Heroes Night, when the Raiders will honor
the military, police, fire, and first responders. The game is sponsored
by Genworth and Hunton & Williams, and the Air Force will provide
giveaways to the first 1,000 fans through the doors.
Panthers Announce "Clear Channel Night" for the Home Opener on March 16th
Back-to-Back Champion and reigning Professional Indoor Football League
Champion Albany Panthers today announced the participants who will
represent Clear Channel during pre-game activities Saturday night, March
16th, as the Panthers host the Columbus Lions at Phoebe Field.
national Anthem will be presented by PRM/GA229ENT R&B Recording
Artist "Traebeanz". The invocation will be delivered by Big Scoop,
Program Director for WJIZ. Assisting with the coin toss will be
Amadaeus, the newest member of WOBB 100.3 FM, and the Game Ball Delivery
will presented by Kelsey Dorsey, daughter of daughter of Senior Account
Executive, Corey Dorsey. The Marine Corp Color Guard will be on hand as
well to present the flag.
Channel is excited and honored to help do our part in getting Southwest
Georgia excited about our Champions, The Albany Panthers," said Clear
Channel Program Director Big Scoop. "We're looking forward to another
Winning Season.Â "
Panthers are ranked 1st in this week's PIFL Poll, and they have a 1-0
record in league. Albany is coming off a win against the Louisiana
Swashbucklers last Saturday night, although the Lions are currently 1-0
the importance of this match-up couldn't be bigger. With a win, Albany
takes one step closer to another league title.
Lions, Panthers Back At It Again This Saturday
football biggest in-state rivalry resumes this Saturday night when the
Columbus Lions (1-0) of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL)
head south to take on the defending PIFL Champion Albany Panthers (1-0).
game in Albany will be the first of three regular season meetings but
if the past is any indicator we are likely in for a potential fourth
meeting with the stage being the playoffs. For the past two seasons this
rivalry has extended into the playoffs with the Panthers getting the
best of the Lions including last season's 60-36 win in route to the
inaugural PIFL Championship.
the most part, Albany returns an entire squad hell bent on making a
Chicago Bulls type three-peat run at another title. Back for another
shot includes offensive stars QB Cecil Lester and WR Antwone Savage and
of course on defense they are led by former Columbus Lions DB Damian
Daniels who continues his quest at indoor infamy just nine interceptions
from the all-time indoor record.
Saturday, the journey for a three-peat began with a dominating 50-41
victory over the Swashbucklers. Not once did the Panthers trail with QB
Cecil Lester completing 26 of 39 passes for 269 yards and five
touchdowns in route to earning the Week 1 PIFL Offensive Player of the
their counterparts, Columbus won their opening game over Knoxville
thanks in large part to a strong defensive showing mixed in with some
key special team's plays. In addition to creating three turnovers, Lions
LB Justen Rivers blocked a field goal try and returned it for a
touchdown helping him earn the Week 1 PIFL Defensive Player of the Week.
strong showing on defense was a nice change of pace considering how
much that side of the ball struggled in 2012. It was also necessary
considering the Lions offense stalled in key moments as QB Garrett
Sutphen completed just 10 of 23 passes for 135 yards throwing three
three facets of the game played well enough to win," said Columbus
Lions Head Coach Jason Gibson. "Consisting primarily of vets who know
their roles and know what it takes to win a title, this week is a
crucial growing period for some of our guys to learn and step-up."
Saturday, Columbus and Albany will not see each other again until the
season's third and final week of the season so getting an early key win
could prove vital for both in the standings.