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Haymakers Close Out Season With a Win

June 10, 2013 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Lincoln Haymakers News Release

Topeka, KS - The Lincoln Haymakers closed out the 2013 Inaugural Season with a bang beating the Kansas Koyotes 45-16. Lincoln's slow start eventually turned into an explosion of points in the 2nd quarter giving the Haymakers their fourth win on the season.

Both offenses struggled early on in the 1st quarter with the only points coming from an outstanding play by Marcus Miles. Miles charged the quarterback and recovered a fumble running 20 yards for a touchdown putting the Haymakers up 6-0. At the end of the 1st quarter former Husker Cortney Grixby picked off the Koyotes and returned the ball 20 yards to set up a Knighton to Rhodes touchdown early in the 2nd quarter. Knighton again found Rhodes on the next series with a deep pass to make it 18-0. Running back Donte' Perry would scamper into the endzone followed by a Knighton to Rolle touchdown grab to take us to halftime 31-0 over the Koyotes. Blake Bolles played the entire second half at quarterback for the Haymakers which started out rather rough with an interception and a fumbled snap.

The Koyotes capitalized and turned those mishaps into 16 quick points seemingly putting Kansas back in the game at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Haymakers luck turned as Bolles found Rhodes on a 29 yard touchdown toss to put the Haymakers up 37-16. Linebacker Willie Horn stepped up with 15 total tackles and one sack on the night. Amara Kamara also had an exceptional night with 12 tackles. At the 90 second mark former Husker Blackshirt Antonio Bell put the nail in the coffin with his pick six to end the game with an exclamation point. The Haymakers would walk off the field victors, 45-16 ending the 2013 campaign.

The Haymakers end up 4-8 on the season with 7 losses coming to playoff qualifying teams. Lincoln had one of the most difficult schedules in the league yet lost only by an average of 13.6 points per game. Lincoln has a strong core of players to build from for next season's squad. The Haymakers would like to thank all their fans, sponsors, and community members for the support this season and look forward to playing again in 2014 in Nebraska's capitol city.

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