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Game Preview: Steelhawks at Slaughter

February 22, 2012 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Lehigh Valley Steelhawks News Release

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks head to the Mid-West to take on the Chicago Slaughter in the team's 2012 IFL Season Opener. The new look Steelhawks, coming off a 4-10 record in 2011, have high hopes after a strong training camp, and are excited to finally hit the field for a meaningful game. The Slaughter upended the Steelhawks in a closely contested battle in 2011, and seek to extend a little revenge in the rematch. It will be the first of three times the two franchise's face off against each other this season.

The Slaughter (1-0) are fresh off an impressive 54-30 victory against the Bloomington Edge last Sunday in the IFL's Kickoff Classic. The one-two Quarterback punch of Perry Patterson and Juice Williams led the offense with three passing scores and one touchdown via the ground. Veteran Wide Receiver Tony Taylor will have to be monitored at all times by the Steelhawks secondary do to his impressive speed.

The Steelhawks (0-0) are trying to set a new tone for the 2012 season and don't mind being a team that is under the radar heading into their opener. They return seven veterans from last season's team, highlighted by Linebacker Adrian McLeod from Western Carolina University. In just 11 games last season, McLeod was among the top five in many defensive categories including total tackles (110), safeties (2), and sacks (6) from the linebacker position. Offensively, key trades to acquire All-IFL Offensive Lineman Chris Nunn, WR Jeff Willis, and Quarterback Dixie Wooten will help the Steelhawks to be a high powered offense right out of the gate.

Kickoff is slated for 7:35 p.m. (CST) with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. For those who wish to view the game online, please visit and look up the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks under the "TEAMS" Section. Fans unable to watch the games live can purchase a season viewing pass. Steelhawks 2012 home games will be broadcast live on Service Electric TV2 Sports.

The Steelhawks return to the Lehigh Valley for their Home Opener, on Sunday, March 11th at 4 p.m. to square off against the Bloomington Edge. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100, via the Steelhawks Website (, or by visiting the Stabler Arena Box Office at 124 Goodman in Bethlehem. For further information on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks please contact Executive Vice President Mike Clark at 610-282-3100.

Season ticket packages, starting as low as $8 per game, are still available but great seats are limited so reserve your seats close to the action and call the team's front office at 610-282-3100. Don't miss out on the fun and exciting atmosphere that is Steelhawks Professional Indoor Football!

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