Pirates to start local players in April 28 home game
PORT HURON, Mich. -- Fans eager to see local players in action for the undefeated Port Huron Pirates don't have to wait much longer. Three Port Huron-area residents are scheduled to start against the visiting Summit County Rumble on April 28 at McMorran Arena.
Scheduled to get starts are veteran defensive lineman Doug Warren of Port Huron and rookie wide receivers Josh Collier of Port Huron and Jim Roth of Sterling Heights.
"This is a great chance for our fans to see people they know in action," Pirates owner Pete Norager said. "These guys have shown in practice they are dedicated, hardworking and that they can play, and the coaching staff wants to see what they can do in action."
The 6-1, 260-pound Warren saw time on the defensive line in 2006 and helped the Pirates to a 12-0 record and the Great Lakes Indoor Football League championship. Collier and Roth are both in their first seasons of professional football. Collier starred at Port Huron High School and played collegiately at Harper Junior College in Palatine, Ill. Roth played at Utica Ford.
The Pirates are 3-0 this season and face a two game road trip before coming home to face the Rumble. Port Huron most recently defeated arch-rival Rochester (N.Y.) 60-13 on March 30.
Summit County, which began life as the Wayne County (Ohio) Rumble before stadium issues forced a venue change prior to the start of the season, are 0-2 and are coming off a 42-6 loss to the Steubenville (Ohio) Stampede on April 5.
The Pirates and Rumble both play in the Continental Indoor Football League's Great Lakes Division. Kickoff for the April 28 game is set for 7 p.m. The Rumble host the Pirates on May 19.
Tickets are expected to go fast when the Pirates return home, so fans are encouraged to call the McMorran box office at (810) 985-6166 or (800) 858-6166 to get theirs' today. Tickets are also available by calling the Pirates' office at (810) 987-9277.
ABOUT THE PIRATES
The Port Huron Pirates became only the fourth team in indoor professional football history to record an undefeated season when the franchise rolled to a 12-0 mark and won the inaugural Great Lakes Bowl on July 22, 2006. The team plays its games at McMorran Arena in downtown Port Huron, Mich. The team's Web site is www.porthuronpirates.com, and the Pirates' MySpace page is www.myspace.com/phpirates.
ABOUT THE CIFL
The Continental Indoor Football League is a professional developmental indoor football league designed to deliver fast-paced action-packed football to markets where it can be enjoyed by fans that would otherwise not have a professional indoor football team. We are a fan-friendly league, committed to making the fan experience second to none. The league features a unique 7-on-7 indoor game that allows fans to experience the wide-open feeling of 50-yard indoor football while seeing defense have the opportunity to make plays. The league, expanded to 14 teams, became the CIFL in October 2006 after being known in 2005-06 as the Great Lakes Indoor Football League. More than 75,000 fans attended GLIFL games in 2006. The league's new Web site is www.continentalindoorfootball.com.
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