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Sting Stops Hammer- take over second place

April 9, 2011 - Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) - Saginaw Sting News Release

Huntington, WV - The Saginaw Sting took their show on the road for the second week in a row with an abundance of adversity to overcome as well as crossing the "Mason-Dixon Line". But as the fourth quarter was winding down, the Sting ended up overcoming their week three loss to the Huntington Hammer by defeating them 49-42, in front of 3289 angry West Virginia fans at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. With the win the Sting took over sole possession of second place in the UIFL and trail Northern Kentucky by only one game. Huntington entered the game as the league's # 1 defense in scoring and total defense, but the Sting exploited them in spots. In its last two games, Huntington has allowed 118 points.

Saginaw held the lead after every quarter and shown signs of greatness and also signs of disaster. Quarterback Tommy Jones torched the Huntington secondary for 46 completions for 269 yards and four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, while also throwing three interceptions. The Saginaw defense came up big three times; Calvin Brown returned a first quarter interception for 40 yards and a touchdown, giving the Sting their first lead of the game 7-6. Late in the second quarter the sting defense stopped the hammer on a fourth and goal from the one inch line, and then drove the length of the field before the intermission extending their lead to 28-20 at the half.

The receiving core of the Sting, led by LaVaughn Macon and Kevin Brown made reception after reception in the second half frustrating the hammer defense and built a 42-34 lead before Huntington tied it up with four minutes to go at 42. The sting scored in two plays taking a 49-42 lead with 2.56 remaining. Rick Evans shut the door by making a key interception and returning it to the Huntington five yard line. The game ended with Saginaw going in on Huntington's one yard line, but showed tremendous sportsmanship by not punching it in when the game was out of reach.

The Sting are now 5-2 and one game behind the Northern Kentucky River Monsters. This upcoming week the Sting will be home at the Dow Event Center to host the Canton Cougars, trying to avenge an early season loss 53-52 on the last play of the game.. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 and the Sting need to keep pace with the River Monsters from Northern Kentucky and are requesting a huge crowd to distract the Canton Cougars all game long.

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