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Haymakers Fall to Sioux City

May 20, 2013 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Lincoln Haymakers News Release

Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers came up just a few yards shy of taking the Sioux City Bandits to overtime Saturday Night. Lincoln falls to 3-6 on the season as penalties continue to hamper the squad on both sides of the ball. Going into the fourth quarter Lincoln had 9 penalties for 71 yards as the Bandits had 3 for 15 yards but the game was tied at 14.

The night's scoring started with the Bandits taking a 7-0 lead on a run by Sean Treasure. The Haymakers offense was jumpstarted late in the first as Safety Jon Banks recovered a fumbled exchange and returned it inside the Bandits 5 yard line. Running back David Ferris was able to punch the ball in for six to tie up the game. Cortney Grixby also stepped up big again this week with an interception late in the 1st quarter.

Penalties killed two Haymakers offensive drives forcing long field goal attempts in the 2nd that were no good. Marcus Miles had the highlight of the 2nd quarter with a big sack to hold the Bandits at bay until Quarterback Scott Jensen found Damon Mothershead in the back of the endzone for a score just before the half. The Haymakers dominated the time of possession but trailed 7-14 at the half.

The second half offensive reigns were handed over to backup Quarterback David Knighton who late in the 3rd found Nick Rhodes for a 28 yard score to tie the ball game up. Lincoln's inability to slow the run in the 4th allowed a long Bandits drive that took time off the clock and also gave Mothershead his second TD grab for the night. Both teams exchanged field goals to take the score to 17-24.

With 3:35 left on the clock in the 4th the Haymakers offense struggled to get just two plays off in 2 minutes and 5 seconds. On 3rd and long at the 90 second mark Knighton found Rhodes for 23 yards and then two Knighton scrambles had the Haymakers at the Bandits 5 yard line with 7 seconds left in regulation. The first attempt, offensive line play broke down and Knighton wisely tossed the ball out of the endzone. The last play of the game was a mishandled snap followed by a dropped pass as the Haymakers fall for the sixth time in their inaugural season.

Next Saturday night the Haymakers are back on the road in Salina, Kansas to take on the Bombers trying to avenge an early season loss. With three games left in the regular season, Lincoln looks to win out and finish in the middle of the CPIFL in just their first season of play.

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