Hawks Prepare For Shootout with Cavalry
The Everett Hawks travel to Casper, WY for an old fashioned shootout with the Wyoming Cavalry. The Hawks first faced the Cavs back on April 3 at the Everett Events Center with Everett prevailing 64-28.
That was a different team, said the Hawks Head Coach Dan Maciejczak. They had a new coach, who was just learning the indoor game. Since then, theyve won six out of seven games. Maciejczak was referring to Wyoming Head Coach Shannon Moore, who has his team rolling with a 7-2 record.
Last Week, the Hawks defeated the Daytona Beach Hawgs, a team that was once looked upon as being a title contender in the NIFL, 70-33. It wasnt the same Daytona Beach we prepared for. They fired their coach, who was 7-3, three days before the game, and some of their players were mad and decided to leave the team. In any case, you still have to give our guys credit. They came out and played ball, looked good, and we had a nice size crowd that never hurts. Said Coach Magic.
The Cavalry on the other hand, had a close game with division rival, Lincoln Capitols. The Capitols played their hearts out, but it just wasnt enough to come through, as Wyoming pulled out a 65-55 victory.
This is a big game for position in the division. The Pacific West division of the NIFL includes Wyoming, Everett, Billings, Tri-Cities (WA), and Lincoln. Everett leads the division with a 10-0 mark, while Wyoming is at a close 7-2. Look for a big grudge match between Everetts Anthony Simmons, and his former teammates from the Wyoming Cavalry. Simmons had been with the Wyoming Cavalry since they entered the league in its inaugural season. He has led the Cavalry in Rushing and All-Purpose Yards almost every season since their existence.
The Hawks leave Wednesday for Wyoming. The team has had to travel by bus only two times this season; unfortunately this is one of them. The trip is expected to take the team 17 hours each way.
Info About Everett Hawks Upcoming Opponent: The Wyoming Cavalry
Head Coach Shannon Moore
New head coach Shannon Moore said he's pleased with what he's seen in practice. Moore took over head coaching duties, officially, on March 22, 2005. He also acts as the teams offensive coordinator.
Helping Moore guide the team is Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Heron ONeal. Ed Atchley acts as the teams Line Coach and Trey Ransom serves as the teams Special Teams Coordinator.
Director of Football Operations: Chris Stein
Chris Stein, who coached the team last season and in 2000, became the team's director of football operations, a position he also held in 2001. Stein was named an assistant coach in charge of quarterbacks at Chadron State College in the off-season.
Key Players for the Wyoming Cavalry
RB/KR Jegil Dugger
College: University of Alabama-Birmingham
Dugger was a Second Team All-Conference USA performer in 2001. He ranks second all-time in school history and first in UAB's NCAA Division I-A era in rushing yards with 1,979 and finished his collegiate career with 13 rushing touchdowns.
Jegil Dugger was a productive college back with his elusive running skills. He has great speed, quickness, and has good vision. Dugger also is expected to return kicks for the Cavalry.
OL Tony Case
College: Adams State College
Case returns to the Cavalry as the teams top offensive lineman. Case played his college ball at Adams State College where he played both the center and guard positions. After a successful college career, Case went on to go to camp with the Buffalo Bills.
DL Terrell Paul
College: University of Southern Mississippi
The 265-pound defensive end was a first-team all-conference selection last season and was a four year starter at Southern Miss. He is a warrior who will play through injuries, Paul has the speed to wreak havoc on the edge and is impossible to block one-on-one and should be an All-Star performer this season in the NIFL.
Paul is an experienced player who has shown up with big games against some elite competition. He uses his hands well, gets good position, has good closing speed and finishes well. He also plays with a good motor. If he were 3 inches taller and a few pounds of muscle bigger he would be he would probably be playing his games on Sunday rather than Friday and Saturday nights.
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