Week 17 - Crush at Nighthawks; June 10, 5:05 p.m. Jun 9, 2017 21:58:15 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Jun 9, 2017 21:58:15 GMT -8
Colorado Crush at Wichita Falls Nighthawks
What: The Crush visit Wichita Falls looking for a season sweep over the Nighthawks.
When: Saturday, June 10; 5:05 p.m. (PST)
Where: Kay Yager Coliseum; Wichita Falls, Texas
National Stream: Stream - YouTube
This Season: April 21 - Crush 77, Nighthawks 73.
Note: With a sweep of the Nighthawks, the Crush could seriously hamper Wichita Falls' playoff hopes.
Indoor Football League Rules
Indoor Football League Schedule and Results - 2017 Season
2017 Sioux Falls Storm Schedule
Sioux Falls Storm - Vital Statistics
2017 Colorado Crush Schedule
Colorado Crush - Vital Statistics
2017 Wichita Falls Nighthawks Schedule
Wichita Falls Nighthawks - Vital Statistics
IFL Franchise Index
The Crush are 3-11 overall, 1-6 on the road and 1-2 in inter-conference play. Colorado is coming off a 29-51 home loss to the Sioux Falls Storm on June 3. They are averaging 38.1 points per game and are allowing 51.4 points per game. The Crush are fifth in the Intense Conference.
The Nighthawks are 11-3 overall, 7-0 at home and 6-1 in inter-conference play. Wichita Falls is coming off a 44-37 road win over the Green Bay Blizzard on June 3. The Nighthawks are averaging 52.4 points per game and are allowing 45.3 points per game. The Nighthawks are third in the United Conference.
Total Yards per Game - Crush 193.0; Nighthawks 251.7
Pass Yards per Game - Crush 135.1; Nighthawks 193.6
Rush Yards per Game - Crush 57.9; Nighthawks 58.1
3rd Down Conversion - Crush 34%; Nighthawks 44%
4th Down Conversion - Crush N/A; Nighthawks N/A%
Total Tackles - Crush 538; Nighthawks 477
Tackles for Loss - Crush 45; Nighthawks 54
Total Sacks - Crush 9; Nighthawks 17
Fumble Recoveries - Crush 9; Nighthawks 5
Interceptions - Crush 6; Nighthawks 17
Crush QB Sean Goldrich (Photo courtesy Dick Knapp/Dick's Photography)
# - name (pos)
1 - Zavier Steward (RB)
2 - Derrick Morgan (DB)
4 - Love Rose III (WR)
5 - Sean Goldrich (QB)
6 - Cardelro Jones (DB)
7 - Antonio Marshall (DB)
8 - Kyle Kaiser (WR)
10 - Azziz Higgins (LB)
12 - Anthony Jones Jr. (WR)
13 - Josh Ford (RB)
16 - Liam Nadler (QB)
18 - Daniel Lindsey (DB)
21 - Ace Clark (LB)
25 - Keith Trumps (DB)
32 - Miles Bergner (K)
42 - Bryce McClain (DL)
48 - Tevin Hood (DL)
59 - Kwame Bell (DL)
65 - Sean Brown (OL)
68 - Daniel Anouseh (OL)
78 - Forrestal Hickman (OL)
95 - Terrence Surratt (DL)
99 - Phillip Lewis (DL)
Marcus Barnett (WR)
Terrance Evans (DL)
Casey Perry (OL)
Kendall Sanders (WR)
Marvin Jones - Head Coach
Dean Picotte - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive & Defensive Line Coach
Damien Ware - Co-Defensive Coordinator
Passing Yards - Sean Goldrich 1,037
Passing TDs - Sean Goldrich 23
Passing Ints - Sean Goldrich 8
Rushing Yards - Josh Ford 337
Rushing TDs - Liam Nadler 5
Receptions - Kyle Kaiser 57
Receiving Yards - Kyle Kaiser 677
Receiving TDs - Kyle Kaiser 21
Total Tackles - Derrick Morgan 68.0
Sacks - Ace Clark 3.5
Interceptions - Daniel Lindsey 2
KO Return Ave - Daniel Lindsey 20.5
KO Return TDs - Daniel Lindsey 3
*Not on Active Roster
Note: Roster information is subject to change and is presented here as a basic guide for following the game. Roster information is gathered from the IFL, the team's official websites, and other sources.
WICHITA FALLS NIGHTHAWKS
Nighthawks QB Charles McCullum (photo by Lauren Roberts/Wichita Falls Times Record News)
# - name (pos)
1 - Charles McCullum (QB)
2 - Michael Carter (DB)
3 - Tyler Williams (RB/WR)
4 - Jordan Jolly (WR)
6 - Josh Stewart (WR)
7 - Troy Evans (WR)
8 - Demarius Washington (WR)
9 - Norris Wrenn III (DB)
11 - Tony Grimes (DB)
12 - Rockne Belmonte (K)
15 - Robert Haynes (LB)
16 - Zachary Ducker (WR)
17 - Demetrius Hill (DL)
18 - Kewan Alfred (DL)
20 - Neiko Conway (DB)
21 - Michael Green (DB)
23 - Chris Martin (DL)
52 - Nmesoma Okafor (DL)
77 - Walter Thomas (DL)
90 - Antonio Foster (OL)
91 - Clint Marsh (OL)
94 - Jarve Dean (OL)
95 - Tino Tuilata (OL)
Damien Parris (OL)
Toni Pulu (DL)
Nathaniel Ryan (OL)
Billy Back - Head Coach
Ernie Cooke - Defensive Coordinator
Rudy Hawkins - Offensive Assistant
Brian Schmidt - Offensive/Defensive Line Coach
Passing Yards - Charles McCullum 2,777
Passing TDs - Charles McCullum 64
Passing Ints - Charles McCullum 15
Rushing Yards - Tyler Williams 508
Rushing TDs - Tyler Williams 16
Receptions - Jordan Jolly 86
Receiving Yards - Jordan Jolly 1,002
Receiving TDs - Jordan Jolly 17
Total Tackles - Michael Green 45.5
Sacks - Walter Thomas 5
Interceptions - Michael Carter/Michael Green 6
KO Return Ave - Tyler Williams 19.4
KO Return TDs - Tyler Williams 2
*Not on Active Roster
Note: Roster information is subject to change and is presented here as a basic guide for following the game. Roster information is gathered from the IFL and the team's official websites, as well as other resources.
Barring what seems like a miracle at this point, the Crush are likely playing the second-to-last game of their history. Project FANchise, the owner of this franchise, is moving on with its plans for a new football league to be comprised of a group of teams in the same location. The new league, which is and has been tested by the organization through the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles; the other team owned by FANchise. They have abandoned the league's contractual obligation to broadcast all IFL games to broadcast Screaming Eagles games on a gaming website called Twitch. It has been confirmed that the Salt Lake franchise will be folded at the end of this season. If a new owner is not found to take over the Crush, the same fate will fall to the Crush.
There are still two games left to play. They will both be difficult. The Crush will have an opportunity to finish the season on a high note. The Nighthawks will be looking for revenge of their week 10 loss to the Crush in Colorado. This time around, the Crush will be on the road in the unfriendly confines of the Kay Yager Coliseum in Wichita Falls. Coming off a loss to the defending champion Sioux Falls Storm, Colorado will be playing two of this seasons three United Conference heavyweights in as many weeks. What looms the following week, in the season finale, at home against the Arizona Rattlers. Arizona has already clinched the Intense Conference title.
Sean Goldrich will lead the Crush into battle. He is completing 54.3 percent of his passes and is averaging 100.4 passing yards per game (though he has played three games only partially). Kyle Kaiser is one of the best in the business, and will look to make his impact. Kaiser is second in the IFL in scoring with 130 points. The IFL's top scorer this season is the Nighthawks' Tyler Williams, who has 162 points. Lovie Rose, with 41 catches for 442 yards and six scores will look to take some pressure off of Kaiser. Anthony Jones Jr. also could make an impact in the receiving game. Josh Ford is the leading rusher, averaging just over 24 yards per game. Ford also can contribute to the receiving corps.
Derrick Morgan, Cardelro Jones and Azziz Higgins are a talented group in the defensive backfield. Ace Clark, who leads the team in sacks, is adept at covering receivers and rushing the quarterback. Look for Phillip Lewis and Kwame Bell to try and put some pressure on Wichita Falls' quarterback Charles McCullum. Daniel Lindsey is a qualified return man who could make an impact in the kick return game.
If the Crush are to complete the sweep over the Nighthawks, they will have to score, and score a lot. They also will have to find a way to contain Williams, who has 2,144 all-purpose yards this season.
Player to Watch: Kyle Kaiser (WR)
The Nighthawks are in a tight playoff race. heading into week seven, they are on the outside looking in. However, they have a realistic shot. If they can win out in their next final games, and if the Iowa Barnstormers can defeat the Sioux Falls Storm in week 18, Iowa and Wichita Falls will be the representatives in the playoffs from the United Conference. It would be the first time in seven seasons in which the Storm would not become IFL champions. The Nighthawks face the Crush in this game and the potentially playoff-bound Nebraska Danger in their final regular season game.
Wichita Falls could be in a better situation in their playoff race had it not been for its 77-73 shootout loss to the Crush in week 10. It surely left a bad taste in the Nighthawks' collective mouth. Quarterback Charles McCullum, who leads the IFL in most major statistical passing categories, threw for 273 yards and eight touchdowns, but it was not good enough as Colorado scored on a 25 yard pass from Liam Nadler to Kyle Kaiser to secure the win. McCullum has completed two-third of his passes and has a better than four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.
Running back Tyler Williams is a one-man wrecking crew. He has 2,144 all-purpose yards and can break any play wide open. He is averaging 36.3 rushing yards per game and leads the IFL in scoring with 162 points. Jordan Jolly leads a strong receiving corps and is the only player in the league to surpass 1,000 receiving yards on the season. Demarius Washington, last year's IFL Offensive Player of the Year, is a big target who can go long or catch the ball underneath Troy Evans is a capable receiver to round out the starting group.
Defensively, Michael Green and Michael Carter have combined for 12 interceptions, while Norris Wrenn III leads the team in pass breakups. Neiko Conway led the team last week with total tackles with 10, and has 43.5 total tackles on the season. Nmesa Okafor and Walter Thomas are the defensive linemen to keep an eye on. Williams has 1,298 kick return yards. He and Evans could each see time returning kicks in this one.
By all accounts, the Nighthawks should come away with this win. They will need to rely on McCullum to play error-free (he threw two picks in the first meeting. The real key could be to simply unleash Williams on the Crush, who will have their hands full trying to stop -- or even slow -- him down.
Player to Watch: Tyler Williams (RB)
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IFL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
June 9 - Spokane Empire (8-6) at Iowa Barnstormers (12-2), 5:05 p.m.
June 10 - Nebraska Danger (8-6) at Sioux Falls Storm (12-2), 5:05 p.m.
June 10 - Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (4-10) at Green Bay Blizzard (2-13), 5:05 p.m.
June 11 - Cedar Rapids Titans (1-14) at Arizona Rattlers (10-4), 3 p.m.
*indicates a conference game. All times are pacific.
Tyler Williams became the first IFL player to accumulate over 2,000 all-purpose yards since 2009. He set the mark in the Nighthawks' 44-37 win over the Green Bay Blizzard last week. Williams has amassed 508 rushing yards, 338 receiving yards and 1,298 kick return yards. He has a total of 2,144 yards this season. Below, via the Nighthawks Twitter account, is a highlight of Williams from last week's game against the Blizzard.
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