Kreatures face unknown in Guard
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- On the surface one would think Fayetteville has some pretty good stats, but when looking further, one realizes they have several games that have gone unreported. So how much better, or worse, would the Guard be if all their games were reported?
At last count, the camouflaged fatigue attired Guard were 1-6 on the season and Friday they come into Kreatures Kountry at the Silver Spurs Arena to meet the Kissimmee Kreatures in a National Indoor Football League game at 7 p.m.
The Friday the 13th encounter is perfect for the Kreatures (2-6) who need a win badly to stay among the living teams with improving records. Ghouls, goblins, ghosts and hosts will be among those entertaining on a night of full moons and unlucky spells.
The Kreatures hope to put another unlucky whipping on the opponent as they have done at home twice, once to the mighty Miami Morays, who were a tasting morsel of delight for Daytona Beach after the Kreatures had crushed their undefeated dreams.
Statistically, the Kreatures are one of the better pass defense teams, being ranked second only to their I-4 neighbor to the east (Daytona Beach) by giving up 134.8 yards a game in the air. The Hawgs are eight yards better on defense, but Kissimmee 32 less chances in the air.
Fayetteville gives up 160 yards in the air and another 62 on the ground. That's in five of their seven games and the Guard scoring defense (41.4) is a touch better than the Kreatures (49.0).
Individually, the running backs LaFann Williams and Adreal Curry have toted the ball more than any tandem, as was the case in the last game against Lakeland where the two combined for 80 net yards. Williams had 50 on 19 carries and two touchdowns.
TJ Simmons can catch the ball too for the Kreatures. He had nine receptions against the 'T-Bolts for 103 yards. Backup quarterback Brock Jones is now at wide receiver and he came up with a 6-yard TD catch at Lakeland.
Simmons in eight games has 32 catches for 373 yards and six scores.
The leader on defense is veteran Derrick Coakley who now has a career-high 53 quarterback sacks, second only to Sam Hernandez of the San Jose SaberCats in the AFL who has an all-time indoor high of 59.
Coakley also leads the league in fumble recoveries (3) and has two forced fumbles this season. His 6.5 tackles for loss also ranks in the NIFL top 10 categories.
Kissimmee needs to have a good game from its quarterback Rob Harding on Friday night. He won't be wearing a mask on "Fright Night at the Spurs" but if he's clicking Fayetteville won't be taking prisoners as they pretend to play military games in football uniforms.
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