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Pacific North-leading Capitols take break from grueling schedule

June 20, 2002 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Lincoln Capitols News Release

The NIFL Pacific North division-leading Lincoln Capitols take this week off in preparation for their final two regular season contests and a potential playoff run. Lincoln improved to 8-4 Friday night as Chace Long hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Capitols at 72-70 win over the Bismarck Roughriders.

Coupled with Sioux City’s loss at Sioux Falls Saturday, the win pushes the Capitols back on top of the division by ½ game over Omaha and Sioux City, both of whom are in action this weekend. If the playoffs began today, the Capitols would be the second-seed in the Pacific Conference, trailing Bismarck (9-3) by a game for the top seed. Lincoln would then open with Billings, who trails Bismarck in the Pacific West and travels to Bismarck to face the Roughriders this weekend.

Lincoln’s bye week gives them a chance to let some nagging nicks and bruises heal before closing out the regular season with a pair of home games. “I think the guys need the rest, and I know I do after twelve weeks straight of games,” said head coach Jose Jefferson. “Everybody has ‘cosmetic’ injuries—the type that ten days of rest will do them pretty good.”

Jefferson added there is no concern about losing momentum. “Everybody welcomed the break,” he said. “These guys are husbands and fathers, professional guys, and I know they won’t get out of shape or forget anything in the week away.”

The Capitols host the RiverCity Renegades on Saturday night, June 29, and then close the regular season with a rematch with the Tri-City Diesel on Friday night, July 5.

The NIFL’s playoff schedule calls for first-round games to be played the weekend of July 12, second-round games the weekend of July 19 and the league championship to be contested the weekend of August 3.

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