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Hawg Roast Planned For City of Everett

May 24, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Everett Hawks News Release

It’s not you traditional Hawg Roast, but it will still be a lot of fun I promise you that. The contest is scheduled for this Friday, May 27 at 7:05 pm at the Everett Events Center. Your undefeated Everett Hawks take on the Daytona Beach Hawgs in a game that will be filled with all kinds of excitement.

The Hawgs are one of the top teams in the National Indoor Football League, with a record of 7-3. Daytona Beach is looking to get back at Everett after the 58-34 beating they gave them two weeks ago in Daytona Beach. The Hawgs got back on the winning track last week by pounding the Kissimmee Kreatures 52-23.

The Hawks continued their road success after defeating Daytona Beach and bullying around a weak San Angelo team. The Hawks got it going early, and never looked back and defeating the Stampede 61-34.

This game should be exciting! Your match-up has the Everett Hawks with the number one offense against the Daytona Beach Hawgs with the number one defense. The Everett Hawks remain undefeated at 9-0. This accomplishment is shared by only one other team in the NIFL, the Odessa Roughnecks, who are also 9-0. Everett and Odessa aren’t scheduled to play each other in the regular season, but would have to meet up in the playoffs before either could reach the NIFL Championship Game in August.

Info About Everett Hawks Upcoming Opponent:The Daytona Beach Hawgs

Head Coach Ervin BrysonThe 35-year old Bryson comes to Daytona Beach Hawgs after a year with the Sioux City Bandits. Bryson served as offensive coordinator for the Bandits until Head Coach Art Haege was fired mid-way through the season. Bryson was then named interim head coach for the final six games of the 2004 regular season. He produced a 4-2 record and guided Sioux City to their first ever playoff appearance.

Bryson’s last head coaching job was with the, now defunct, Winston-Salem Energy in its inaugural year in 2002. Fighting through the financial woes of his players and himself not being paid the second half of the season, Bryson still managed to guide the team to a 6-8 record and earned the league’s coach of the year award. Bryson also was an assistant coach during the 2002 season for the Carolina Rhinos in AF2.

After a successful playing career at running back for North Carolina A&T, Bryson had tryouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Bucs. He also played for Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe before being released.

WR – Lucas Greene

6’2 199

Wingate University

NIFL All –Star Lucas Greene is the center-piece of the Hawgs team. The fact that Daytona Beach has a sponsor that pays for Greene’s plane tickets to fly him in from his home in Chicago on game days speaks a lot about his talent.

Greene set school and league receiving records that still stand. His 26 career touchdowns are tops at Wingate University and in the Division II Southern Atlantic Conference, while his 278 yards and four TDs in a game during his 2000 senior season have not been matched.

But making the big leap from a small college to the NFL was too tall of a hurdle. After his tryout with the Carolina Panthers didn't pan out, he went to the National Indoor Football League to play for the Winston-Salem Energy in 2002. Although, Greene turned some scouts' heads, clocking a 4.6-second time in the 40 on a wet field and catching several passes during one-on-one drills.

Greene then went on to play in Myrtle Beach for Sting Rays in 2003. Last season, Greene had record setting numbers for the Sioux City Bandits recording 69 catches for 1,027 yards and 23 TD’s.

In hopes to keep climbing the ladder, perhaps to the NFL, Greene followed his longtime coach Ervin Bryson from Sioux City to Daytona Beach this season. "If you want to get to the NFL, you have to keep moving to get noticed."

"There are a lot of talented guys out there, but I think I’ve done pretty well," he said speaking of his career stats. "Hopefully this will pay off someday. If not, at least I know I gave it a shot."

OL – Tommy Moody

6’4 332

University of Florida

ormer University of Florida player anchors the offensive line for the Hawgs. The Gators star moved on to play for the Carolina Panthers. He was then allocated to NFL Europe by the Panthers and played for the Amsterdam Admirals where he was a favorite of his offensive line coach. After playing in NFLE, Moody spent some time with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Daytona Beach Hawgs.

WR – Robert Bailey

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Robert Bailey is an indoor veteran. He’s considered one of the fastest guys in the NIFL. Thus, getting the nickname “The Jet” from his fans. Having not played any college ball, Bailey is considered a raw talent, but has more speed than most teams know how to handle.

Bailey started his career with the Winston-Energy under Head Coach Ervin Bryson. He than moved on to play with the Myrtle Beach Sting Rays in 2003. Last season, he was reunited with Bryson in Sioux City with the Bandits. Bailey was a fan favorite and had a great season registering 53 receptions for 515 yards and 10 TD’s before he left the team for a workout with the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. Bailey has spent his entire career playing with teammates Oscar Davenport and Lucas Greene.

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