Saturday, April 27, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
Soul Announce Regional TV Broadcasts
"We are thrilled to have The Comcast Network back as our local TV broadcast partner this season," said Soul Vice President/COO John Adams. "This partnership is significant for us as we continue to introduce our product and winning team to people in the region."
All games will be produced by Lou Tilley Media Enterprises, with play-by-play duties held by 11-time Emmy Award winner, Lou Tilley and Philadelphia Soul General Manager, Tom Goodhines providing color commentary.
"The Comcast Network is the go to place for Soul action all season long," said Bob Selah, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia programming director.
6 JACKSONVILLE SHARKS Saturday, April 27 TCN PHILLY 10 p.m.*
8 PITTSBURGH POWER Saturday, May 11 TCN PHILLY 7 p.m.
11 ARIZONA RATTLERS Saturday, June 1 TCN PHILLY 10 p.m.*
12 NEW ORLEANS VOODOO Saturday, June 8 TCN PHILLY 10 p.m.*
13 Pittsburgh Power Sunday, June 15 TCN PHILLY 7 p.m.
14 IOWA BARNSTORMERS Saturday, June 22 TCN PHILLY 7 p.m.
All times Eastern; CAPS are home games; *Tape-delayed
The Comcast Network will also air a weekly Soul show called "Soul Insider presented by Foods Galore" every Wednesday during season at 7 p.m. and on will replay on Comcast SportsNet at 11 p.m. The show is also produced by LTME and will be hosted by Lou Tilley.
Barnstormers Fall to Chicago in OT Shootout
The Iowa Barnstormers gave everything they had on Friday night, but in the end the effort was one point short of being good enough, as they fell in overtime 64-63 to the Chicago Rush. Iowa's fourth straight loss leaves the Barnstormers 2-4 on the season, while Chicago improves to 4-2 with their fourth straight win.
Iowa jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead as QB J.J. Raterink connected with WR Marcus Harris for a 26 yard touchdown and then scored on a one yard run by himself on the next drive. Chicago responded with the first of WR Reggie Gray's 6 touchdown receptions on the night to cut the lead to 13-7. Chicago outscored the Barnstormers 21-13 in the game's second frame, giving the Rush a narrow 28-26 halftime lead.
The back and forth battle continued into the second half as the Rush extended their lead to 42-26 after scoring two quick touchdowns. The Barnstormers then rallied to erase the 16 point deficit as they responded with two touchdowns and two 2 point conversions of their own to tie the game at 42-42. However the Rush jumped back out to a 56-42 lead following two more TD passes from QB Carson Coffman to Gray. After Iowa cut the lead to 56-49, the Barnstormers defense made their biggest stand of the season, forcing a missed field goal by the Rush. Raterink connected with WR Marco Thomas with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime tied 56-56.
In overtime, the Barnstormers got the ball first and wasted no time scoring as Raterink hooked up with Harris to put Iowa up 63-56. Chicago then marched the length of the field and pulled within one point after FB Kelvin Morris scored from 2 yards out. Faced with a huge decision, Rush Head Coach Bob McMillan decided to go for two and the gamble paid off as Coffman connected with WR Jared Jenkins to seal the 64-63 victory for Chicago.
The Barnstormers now hit the road again next Friday night when they battle the San Antonio Talons. Iowa returns home on Saturday, May 11 when the New Orleans VooDoo come to town. Kickoff is set for 7:05pm.
Follow Tonight's Sharks Game Live
Entering this week, Jacksonville holds the top spot in both the South Division and the American Conference, while Philadelphia is leading the East Division. The Sharks have a 1-3 lifetime record against the Soul, defeating Philadelphia in the teams' first-ever meeting during the 2011 season. However, the Soul emerged victorious three times against the Sharks in 2012, including the American Conference Championship Game that sent Philadelphia to ArenaBowl XXV.
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 WJXT Channel 4.
Radio Broadcast
If you are unable to watch the game on TV, tonight's contest will also air live on AM 600 WBOB, with Steve Berrey 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. 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 Philadelphia Soul" 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 Philadelphia!

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Haymakers Get A Solid Win Against The Defenders
The Haymakers end their four game losing skid, with a shoot-out at the Pershing winning 46-40 over the Oklahoma Defenders. Starting out strong was the deference in tonight's game as the Haymakers would pull out to a 14-0 lead early. A strong kicking performance from newly added Hanaphy, and a monster game from Nick Rhodes proved to be big in tonight's win.
The Haymakers started the game strong as the first TD of the game came on the Haymakers second drive, Quarterback Blake Bolles scrambled 45 yard to put the Haymakers on the board.
The second quarter started off with Nick Rhodes out leaping the defender to catch a touchdown from Bolles. The Haymakers seemed to have all the momentum, but the Defenders responded quick as Jason Stephenson returned the following kickoff for a TD. Not soon after Bolles would be hit from behind fumbling the ball putting the Defenders in prime position to score, and they would do just that with 6:50 left in the half. The Defenders quarterback Rayshard Kelley threw a 20 yard TD pass to Gabe Ramos. The Haymakers would go up with 37 seconds left in the half, after another Bolles to Rhodes reception.
The 3rd quarter started with Jon Banks hauling in his second interception of the game, which would set up Hanaphy for a Haymakers field goal. The Defenders would respond with a long TD run by Kingjack Wahington, to bring the score to 24-21 Haymakers. Rhodes would answer with reverse for a TD which would put the score at 31-21 to end the 3rd
The 4th started with a Haymakers Hanaphy FG, and a 31 yard TD run by the Defenders Washington. The scoring would continue with another Hanaphy FG, and another TD by the Defender when quarterback Kelley found his receiver in the end-zone, the PAT would be blocked and returned for two Haymaker points by Willie Horn. David Ferris would extend the lead to 46-34 after an 18 yard TD run with 4:36 left to play in the game. The Defenders would climb a little closer after Washington would score on a two yard run with 1:26 to play, the PAT would end up being blocked. After the Defenders touchdown the score was locked at 46-40. The Haymakers would then run out the clock.
WR Nick Rhodes would score 3 times, one rushing and two receiving. Jon Banks would also have a big game on the defensive side of the ball ending the game with 2 interceptions. Bolles would throw for two Touchdowns and David Ferris would add one of his own on the ground. The Haymakers improve to 2-4 and Oklahoma will fall to 2-5. The Haymakers will take on the Bloomington Edge at home next Friday night. This will be the second matchup this season the Haymakers will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Edge.

Indoor Football League
Houston Field Goal Lifts Danger Past Ice
Joe Houston made up for a few mistakes on the last play of the game Friday night for the Nebraska Danger.
Houston, who missed two extra points and a 30-yard field goal with 55 seconds left, connected from 42 yards out on the final play of the game. The kick - which hit the right upright before going through - gave Nebraska a 69-66 win over the Colorado Ice and the lead in the Intense Conference.
It was the third time in as many gmes this season that the Danger and Ice squared off for the conference lead. And, if you were a fan of defense, the Heartland Events Center was not the place to be on Friday night.
"This was a big game for us," Danger coach Mike Davis said. "And, boy, Joe had a tough game, but to come back and make that kick - what a big time play for our team. We needed this game and it was a tough battle."
The Danger appeared in control for most of the second half, but leading by seven in the final minute the Ice tied the score after Houston's miss. Willie Copeland hit Justin Helwege for the fourth time in the game on a 30-yard pass play and Puckett Mason's extra point tied the game with just under 20 seconds left.
"You have to give Colorado credit for battling all night," Davis said. "We couldn't get the stops we needed to put them away. Obviously, getting off to the start we did was big for us."
The Danger built a 23-1 lead early in the second quarter and then traded scores with the Ice behind league MVP candidate Jameel Sewell. Sewell tied a pair of Danger franchise records in the win by accounting eight touchdowns (four rushing, four passing).
After Colorado recorded a rouge on the opening kickoff, the Danger needed just three plays to score after a pair of passes from Sewell to Andre Piper-Jordan. Sewell capped the drive with a sneak.
On their opening possession, Colorado went for a first down from the Danger 11, but a pass to Justin Helwege was broken up by Carl Gettis. The Danger scored quickly again for a 14-1 lead when Sewell hit Kayne Farquharson from 16 yards out.
Things didn't get any better for Colorado. On their next play, the snap went over Copeland's head before being covered in the end zone for a safety. The Danger then scored after the free kick by going 27 yards in four plays with Sewell scoring on a 2-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.
Both quarterbacks shined. Sewell accounted for 279 yards of offense (90 rushing and 189 passing). Copeland, meanwhile, was 21-for-34 for 274 yards and six touchdowns.
The win also set a franchise record for season wins for Nebraska as they moved to 6-2. They won five games last season and eight total in their first two seasons. Colorado fell to 5-3 on the season.

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