Hammer Topple Sting
The Huntington Hammer has pulled into a tie for first place in the UIFL with what the experts considered an upset of the previously undefeated Saginaw Sting in their home arena in Saginaw, Michigan. The Sting entered the game with an average of almost 300 yards of offense and were held to just 142 by the Hammer defense. Sting quarterback Tommy Jones was harassed all evening by Casey Oxley, Chris Payne, Andre Portis and the rest of Huntington's defensive unit. "I think we did a great job of keeping Jones on his heels. We are a little disappointed we didn't get to him for a sack or two, but we never gave him time to set up. Every time he threw the ball he was off-balance and hurried," said Defensive Coordinator Michael Owens.
The time off for the bye week allowed for Head Coach Josh Resignalo to make some changes in the Huntington Hammer offense. With more running plays in the mix and by moving Quarterback Martavious Young into the shotgun formation for many plays, it allowed the youngster a few more precious seconds to react and gave him the option to use his feet when the open receiver just wasn't there. The results were obviously a success. Allowing no turnovers for the first time this season and scoring on all but two possessions, the Hammer controlled the clock and moved the ball well. The one bugaboo that remains to be ironed out seemed to be in the penalty department. Two more Hammer touchdowns and several long gains were eerased by flags, including a spectacular over-the-wall would-be touchdown catch by Huntington receiver Kenny Davis that saw him land on his head in the VIP seats of the Dow Center in Saginaw.
Making their Huntington Hammer debuts were recievers T.R. Dues and LaRoi Thompson. While Thompson had 35 receiving yards and some nifty grabs, including one where he reached into the first row of seats to bring one back for a first down, it was Dues who racked up the biggest grabs of the night. TR finished with six catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Other offensive standouts were Dray Mason with a touchdown and 35 yards rushing. Martavious Young added 60 yards and two touchdowns to the rushing totals as well. Usual linebacker and UIFL draft choice Josh Kaltsis had an extra special treat himself, playing in front of family and friends from Michigan, Josh got his first offensive carry of the season and turned it into a 6 yard touchdown.
The Huntington Hammer's next contest is a return home on Friday March 18th in a rematch with the Eastern Kentucky Drillers. If fans are looking for a reason to come to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Friday night, there are plenty of reasons to choose from. The match with the Drillers is not just an opportunity to become a part of the X-Factor by being a part of the family-friendly, budget-affordable, fast-paced and hard-hitting world of Professional Indoor Football. This game matters! It's a battle for first place, a revenge game against the Hammers closest rival, there are several surprises in store for the game, and to top it off... there is a huge trophy on the line that would look much better in the Hammer office in Huntington, WV than it does in the offices of the Drillers in Pikeville, KY. With the Coal Cup on the line and the top spot in the UIFL up for grabs, the Hammer is asking everyone to spread the word and come ready to make some noise on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:30pm, but if you don't come early, you'll miss out on some of the surprises that the Hammer have in store for their fans... the best fans in the league in the best place in the league to make a difference... become a part of the X-Factor!
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