Week 8: Game Previews
June 9, 2021 - Indoor Football League (IFL) News Release
Coming into week eight, The Indoor Football League has five games set to kick off. The IFL Game of the Week on Stadium will showcase the Arizona Rattlers (2-1) hosting the Tucson Sugar Skulls (1-2) on Saturday, June 12, at 7 p.m. CT. You can watch the rest of the games on the IFL's YouTube page.
FRISCO FIGHTERS AT MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES - SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 6:05 P.M. CT
Fans might expect a low-scoring game Saturday night at Phoenix Field at the DCU Center when the Pirates (3-2), boasting the best defense in the Indoor Football League, take on the undefeated Frisco Fighters (3-0) at 7:05 p.m. Frisco statistically has the next best defense in the IFL.
The Pirates lead the league in fewest points allowed per game at 29.4 per contest, have the lowest rushing yards against at 23 per night, give up an IFL best 116 passing yards per game and are also number one in total yards, yielding 139.6. Frisco is close behind allowing 38 points per game (third in the IFL) while ranking second vs. the rush at 25.7 yards per contest, 139 passing yards per game and 164.7 total yards each outing. Frisco does lead the league with nine sacks while the Pirates are one behind with eight.
The Fighters are led on defense by lineman Charles Williams II who is third in the league with 3.5 tackles for a loss and tied for second in sacks with teammate Malcolm Goines, both with three each. Defensive back Trey Caldwell is second in the IFL with 6 passes broken up.
Both starting quarterbacks have completed 54 passes this season which places them third in the league. Alejandro Bennifield is 54 of 98 for 603 yards along with three interceptions and 11 touchdown passes for the Pirates. Frisco's Jonathan Bane is 54 of 88 for 524 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
IOWA BARNSTORMERS AT BISMARCK BUCKS - SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 6:05 P.M. CT
Things got physical the last time the Iowa Barnstormers (3-1) matched up with the Bismarck Bucks (3-3) two weeks ago at Wells Fargo Arena.
This Saturday (7:05 p.m., Bismarck Event Center), the teams will square off in Bismarck, North Dakota for the second of three meetings between each other this year. In the first meeting, Iowa used a late fumble recovery and a converted onside kick to escape with a 49-42 win. The Barnstormers hope to do the same on Saturday.
Daquan Neal converted for a season-high of four passing touchdowns during Iowa's win over the Bucks two weeks ago, also throwing for 191 yards and rushing for 53. Connor Hollenbeck led the receiving corps with a pair of touchdowns himself on top of 51 yards on three receptions.
The Iowa defense, however, is coming off its best performance of the season. The unit shut out the Tucson Sugar Skulls in the second half during the team's 33-13 win at Tucson a week ago.
Highlighted by a pick-six from Tyron Cromwell and a forced fumble by Denzel Chukwukelu - the Barnstormer defense will be looking for another dominant performance.
TUCSON SUGAR SKULLS AT ARIZONA RATTLERS - SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 7:00 P.M. CT
Quarterback Drew Powell ran all over on the Green Bay Blizzard in Arizona's most recent game, rushing for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Powell was also effective in the passing game with 13 completions for 131 yards with a touchdown through the air.
Powell leads the IFL in rushing yards per game and is second in touchdown scoring. The dual-threat quarterback is also in the top five in passing yards per game and has the best completion percentage of any quarterback in the league.
The Rattler's defensive line stood firm against the Blizzard in its last game, with Nik D'Avanzo racking up the Rattlers' fourth sack of the season. Four members of the defense have now tallied a sack on the season, which puts the Rattlers at fifth in the league in sacks.
Entering the Snake Pit with a record of 1-2, the Tucson Sugar Skulls are coming off of a loss in their home opener to the Iowa Barnstormers by a score of 33-13. The Tucson defense stood strong throughout the game, allowing the league's No. 1 offense to gain 213 total yards and two offensive touchdowns. Defensive back Mike Minter grabbed his second interception of the season, giving him an interception in two straight games.
SPOKANE SHOCK AT SIOUX FALLS STORM - SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 7:05 P.M. CT
The Sioux Falls Storm (3-1) will host the Spokane Shock (2-1) on Saturday, June 12 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Kickoff is set for 7:05 PM with the show starting at 6:45 PM.
Both teams have been on a winning streak, with the Storm looking for their fourth consecutive win and the Shock looking for their third. The Storm had a dominating 64-28 win over the Bismarck Bucks last weekend. In that game, quarterbacks Lorenzo Brown completed nine passes for 123 yards with one touchdown and one interception, he also had one rushing touchdown, and Tommy Armstrong completed two out of three passes for two touchdowns, he also had 42 rushing yards with two touchdowns.
Defensive back Trey Wafford had 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and five pass break-ups. While defensive backs Jordan Baldwin, Jermaine Robinson and Famus Hasty all had one pass break-up each. Linebacker Marquis Hendrix had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. Defensive linemen Dequan Harvin had one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, and Ch'aim Smith and Roosevelt Falls each had 0.5 tackle for loss.
DUKE CITY GLADIATORS AT NORTHERN ARIZONA WRANGLERS - SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 8:05 P.M. CT
The Duke City Gladiators (1-2) will travel to take on the Northern Arizona Wranglers (0-3) on Saturday, June 12, at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The kick is set for 8:05 p.m. CT.
The Gladiators are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Frisco Fighters where it came down to a game-winning field goal from 32 yards out. Last week's loss made it a two-game losing streak for Duke City as they look to get back into the win column.
The Wranglers are looking to get their first victory of the 2021 season and as a franchise. In the last outing, Northern Arizona fell to the Spokane Shock, 42-24, but the Wranglers were in the mix until the last minutes of the fourth.
Wide receiver Kevyan Rudd grabbed his third touchdown reception of the game to cut the Shock's lead to 29-24 in the fourth quarter, but a Speedy Noil touchdown run and Charles McCullum touchdown pass to Kamrin Solomon near the 2-minute mark from the Shock put the Wranglers away for good.
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