Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
Sharks Offer Season Ticket Money-Back Guarantee
The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that the team will offer a money-back guarantee to all new season ticket holders for the 2013 season.
New Season Ticket Holders who are not satisfied with their experience at Sea Best Field may contact the Sharks Ticket Office in order to receive a complete refund on their remaining season ticket purchase.
"We are offering this because we are completely confident in our game experience," Sharks Partner/Vice President of Ticketing Steve Curran said. "Like any business, we believe in our product. After three-plus years of positive feedback and helpful criticism, we guarantee that you will have a great time at Sea Best Field if you give us a try."
The money-back guarantee applies to new season ticket holders for the 2013 season. Any questions about this offer should be directed to the Sharks Ticket Office at (904) 621-0700.
Storm Host the Gladiators on March 30 at 7:30PM
The Tampa Bay Storm take on the Cleveland Gladiators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum this Saturday at 7:30 PM EST. This will be the thirteenth time the two teams have met, with the Storm holding a 6-3 advantage at home.
The Storm looks to rebound after a disappointing loss to South Division rival Jacksonville Sharks in its home opener. A win versus the Gladiators would give the Storm its first win of the 2013 season, and head coach Dave Ewart career win number 40.
In his first game in a Storm uniform, versus the Sharks, first-year Storm quarterback Adrian McPherson did not disappoint. He caused the most damage with his feet, leading all players with 58 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He would go on to set the franchise single-game rushing touchdown record with five. McPherson also completed 20-of-33 passing attempts for 218 yards, connecting with second-year Storm receiver Joe Hills for a pair of touchdowns.
However, McPherson's primary receiver was Greg Ellingson. Ellingson caught 15 passes for 159 yards, which put him in a tie for the second-most receptions by a Storm receiver in a single-game. The crowd also felt the presence of Michael Lindsey as he had six kick returns for 131 yards, including a 55-yard return for a touchdown. This was Lindsey's fourth consecutive game with over 100 kick return yards.
The Gladiators come to Tampa searching for its first win after 26-point loss to the Spokane Shock in its season opener. Led by head coach Steve Thonn, the Gladiators will rely on starter, and former Storm quarterback, Bryan Zbydniewski. After spending the 2012 season with the New Orleans VooDoo, as Kurt Rocco's backup, Zbydniewski will look to gain control of the game early. This past weekend he threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns on 25-of-38 passing. He also logged a touchdown on the ground.
Dominick Goodman, Zbydniewski's favorite target, caught nine passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Goodman also has a history of doing well against the Storm. Last season the Storm met the Gladiators twice, and Goodman combined for 24 receptions for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Thyron Lewis could also prove to be an effective target and while he only caught two passes in the season opener, they were both good for scores.
On the defensive side of the ball, look for the Storm defensive line to put more pressure on the quarterback. More pressure would help create opportunities for the revamped backfield to force turnovers.
The Gladiators will rely on its backfield and newly acquired defensive back Jamar Love. Love spent the 2012 season with the Milwaukee Mustangs and was the team's second leading defender with nine pass breakups. In his first game in a Gladiator uniform, Love tallied three pass breakups and five tackles. Last season versus the Storm, Love had a big game recording 5.5 tackles and two pass breakups.
Both teams will want to get out to an early lead to establish their tempo as they chase down their first win of the 2013 season.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Bombers Host Rival Sound-Off Round 2
In preparation for the second game of the season, the Salina Bombers are gearing up for "Rivals Sound-Off: Round 2". The contest features area rival schools that compete during the game in efforts to make the most noise. This week the contest features Kansas Wesleyan University in competition with Bethany College.
The game one sound-off pitted Salina Central against Salina South, with the Mustangs capturing victory and moving on to the second round. The weekly winner receives a trophy and of course bragging rights over their rival. The Salina Bombers will make a donation to the overall winner's football program.
March 16th: Salina South vs. Salina Central WINNER: Salina Central
March 30th: Kansas Wesleyan vs. Bethany College
April 6th: Sacred Heart vs. Southeast of Saline
April 12th: Ell-Saline vs. Bennington
May 18th: Salina Central vs. March 30th Winner
May 25th: April 6th Winner vs. April 12th Winner
The two schools that qualify for the finals will have their final contest on the Salina Bombers facebook page as they compete for a donation to their football program.
Outlaws defeated on the road against Edge
The Mid-Missouri Outlaws traveled to Bloomington,Illinois on Friday to take on the Bloomington Edge. The Edge won the game 54-3.
Middleton threw for 156 yards on 20-for-39 passing; Outlaws lost 13 yards on 17 rushing attempts. The Outlaws only score came on Derek Doerfler's 45-yard field goal in the first quarter. Wide Receiver Josh Reid had five catches for 58 yards. Running back Marcus James had seven catches for 56 yards.
The Outlaws travel on March 30th to Salina Kansas to take on the Bombers at 7:05 P.M. at the Bicentennial Center.

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