Week 12 - Screaming Eagles at Crush; 5.8.17, 6 p.m. Apr 29, 2017 23:43:08 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Apr 29, 2017 23:43:08 GMT -8
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles at Colorado Crush
What: It is FANchise Bowl III as the Screaming Eagles visit Colorado for the second time this season.
When: Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. (PST).
Where: Budweiser Events Center; Loveland, Colorado.
National Media: Stream - YouTube.
Head to Head: Series tied 1-1 (Screaming Eagles lead 1-0 in Colorado)
Season Results: Feb. 26 - Screaming Eagles 42, Crush 41 (OT). March 31 - Crush 52, Crush 49.
Schedule: May 12 - Crush at Screaming Eagles.
Note: These teams will play twice in five days.
Indoor Football League Rules
Indoor Football League Schedule and Results - 2017 Season
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 2017 Season Preview
2017 Salt Lake Screaming Eagles Schedule
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles - Vital Statistics
2017 Colorado Crush Schedule
Colorado Crush - Vital Statistics
IFL Franchise Index
The Screaming Eagles are 1-8 overall, 1-4 on the road and 1-7 in Intense Conference play. Salt Lake is coming off a 31-29 road loss to the Spokane Empire on April 30. They are averaging 40.1 points per game and are allowing 50.8 points per game. The Screaming Eagles are fifth in the Intense Conference.
The Crush are 2-7 overall, 1-3 at home and 1-6 in Intense Conference play. Colorado is coming off a 33-21 road loss to the Iowa Barnstormers on April 29. They are averaging 37.6 points per game and are allowing 53.7 points per game. The Crush are fourth in the Intense Conference.
Total Yards per Game - Screaming Eagles 222.8; Crush 204.1
Pass Yards per Game - Screaming Eagles 166.4; Crush 132.0
Rush Yards per Game - Screaming Eagles 56.3; Crush 72.1
3rd Down Conversion - Screaming Eagles 37%; Crush 33%
4th Down Conversion - Screaming Eagles 55%; Crush 61%
Total Tackles - Screaming Eagles 254; Crush 335
Tackles for Loss - Screaming Eagles 22; Crush 25
Total Sacks - Screaming Eagles 8; Crush 5
Fumble Recoveries - Screaming Eagles 1; Crush 4
Interceptions - Screaming Eagles 12; Crush 2
SALT LAKE SCREAMING EAGLES
Screaming Eagles WR Juwan Dotson (Photo courtesy Screaming Eagles via Facebook)
# - name (pos)
1 - Verlon Reed (QB/WR)
3 - Don Unamba (DB)
4 - Brock Lutes (WR/DB)
5 - Jesse Scroggins (QB)
6 - Ed Burns (DB)
7 - Chris Robinson (WR)
8 - Delric Ellington (WR)
11 - James Calhoun (DB)
12 - Rashard Greene (DB)
13 - Josh Wilson (K)
14 - Kelvin Lee (DB)
16 - Rob Marshall (RB)
17 - James Poole (RB/WR)
21 - Juwan Dotson (WR)
25 - Jerome McElroy (LB)
52 - Royce Roxas (OL)
56 - Steven Gurrola (OL)
84 - Devin Mahina (WR)
93 - Seante Williams (DL)
52 - Michael Ward (DL)
96 - Ben Compton (DL)
97 - Viliseni Fauonuku (DL)
Quinton Bradley (DL)
Lene Maiava (OL)
Matthew Sauk - Head Coach
The Fans - Offensive Coordinator(s)
Sergio Gilliam - Co-Defensive Coordinator
Kevin Bello - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coach
Jaren Skinner - Offensive and Defensive Line Coach
Ron McBride - Special Assistant to the Head Coach
Passing Yards - Verlon Reed 1,490
Passing TDs - Verlon Reed 33
Passing INTs - Verlon Reed 8
Rushing Yards - Verlon Reed 385
Rushing TDs - Verlon Reed 9
Receptions - Devin Mahina 40
Receiving Yards - *Cy Strahm 395
Receiving TDs - Devin Mahina 8
Tackles (Solo) - *Don Unamba 32.5
Sacks - Ben Compton 3.0
Interceptions - James Calhoun/*Don Unamba 4
KO Return Ave - *Justin Brown
KO Return TDs - James Calhoun 1
*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.
Crush DL Phillip Lewis (Photo by Dick Knapp/Dick Knapp Photography)
# - name (pos)
1 - Zavier Steward (RB)
2 - Derrick Morgan (DB)
3 - Erick Brundidge (WR)
4 - Lovie Rose III (WR)
5 - Sean Goldrich (QB)
6 - Cardelro Jones (DB)
7 - Antonio Marshall (DB)
8 - Kyle Kaiser (WR)
9 - Chris Gant (WR)
10 - Azziz Higgins (LB)
13 - Josh Ford (RB)
16 - Liam Nadler (QB)
18 - Daniel Lindsey (DB)
21 - Ace Clark (LB)
22 - Paris Cotton (RB)
24 - Antonio Vance (DB)
42 - Bryce McClain (DL)
44 - Spencer Groner (K)
48 - Tevin Hood (DL)
59 - Kwame Bell (DL)
65 - Sean Brown (OL)
66 - Lance McDowdell (DL)
78 - Forrestal Hickman (OL)
79 - Chad Kolumber (OL)
95 - Terrence Surratt (DL)
99 - Phillip Lewis (DL)
Robert Rose IV (DL)
Keith Trumps (DB)
Marvin Jones - Head Coach
Dean Picotte - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive & Defensive Line Coach
Damien Ware - Co-Defensive Coordinator
Passing Yards - Liam Nadler 708
Passing TDs - Liam Nadler 17
Passing INTs - Sean Goldrich/Liam Nadler 4
Rushing Yards - Josh Ford 246
Rushing TDs - Sean Goldrich/Liam Nadler 4
Receptions - Kyle Kaiser 66
Receiving Yards - Kyle Kaiser 480
Receiving TDs - Kyle Kaiser 12
Total Tackles - Derrick Morgan 43
Sacks - Ace Clark 1.5
Interceptions - Derrick Morgan/Daniel Lindsey 1
KO Return Ave - Daniel Lindsey 21.2
KO Return TDs - Daniel Lindsey 1
*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.
The Screaming Eagles revisit the site of their greatest triumph, as they look to make it a clean sweep in Colorado over the Crush. That one was a thrilling one-point, come-from-behind overtime win. Salt Lake scored at the end of the fourth quarter to tie it before Colorado scored on the first possession of overtime. The Screaming Eagles answered on Verlon Reed's four-yard pass to Zavier Steward. Reed's two-point conversion pass to Juwan Dotson lifted the Screaming Eagles to the win. Steward now finds himself on the Crush's roster.
The Crush got some revenge in week 7 as Spencer Groner hit a 36-yard field goal as time expired to break a 49-49 tie to give the Crush the three-point win.
Reed, who is a mid-season candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, is the clear leader of this offense. He is third in the IFL with 167.4 passing yards per game at 167.4 and third in passing touchdowns with 33. Reed also ranks third in the IFL in total rushing yards with 459 (just three yards behind the Rattlers' Darrell Monroe, in second with 459), and fourth in rushing yards per game at 44.9. As Reed goes, so goes the Screaming Eagles offense.
Some help arrives this week as James "Bubba" Poole has been re-activated from short-term IR and could make an impact on offense or the return game. In two games this season, Poole rushed for 41 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Robinson may seem some time in the backfield. Incidentally, Steward now plays for the Crush.
With Cy Strahm on season ending IR, Devin Mahina is the go to receiver. He's 6'6" and a big target, who is averaging 9.5 yards per catch with a team-leading eight touchdowns. Dotson is back in the flow after missing a couple games and has caught 30 passes for 226 yards and six touchdowns. Devon Price pretty much rounds out the receiving corps with his 11 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in five games this season.
James Calhoun, who has appeared in all three facets of the game for the Screaming Eagles over the course of the season, was named IFL Defensive Player of the Week for his eight-tackle, three interception performance in last week's loss to the Spokane Empire. Calhoun, who splits time in the return game and has shown up on the offensive side of the ball, returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown. Jerome McElroy had 2.5 sacks last week. Ed Burns has 29 total tackles and an interception, and Rashad Greene has 25 total tackles and an interception of his own.
Salt Lake has been plagued by penalties this season. They will need to clean that up in order to hold off the Crush. A win over Colorado would be a great we to end their seven game losing streak. It also would give Matthew Sauk his first win as head coach of the Screaming Eagles.
Player to Watch: James Calhoun (DB)
The Crush are coming off a two-game stint of facing United Conference foes Wichita Falls and Iowa. They beat the Nighthawks in a shootout, 77-73, but fell last week to the Barnstormers, 33-21. They have shown marked improvement over the course of the season, despite their hiccup in week 7.
Just a week after Liam Nadler was named IFL Offensive Player of the Week for leading the Crush over the Nighthawks, he was largely ineffective against the Barnstormers. Sean Goldrich, who began the season as Colorado's signal caller, was brought in. He had mixed success. With a controversy brewing, the question for new head coach Marvin Jones is: Who to start against the Screaming Eagles. It could be Nadler's job for another week, or Goldrich could have very well installed himself back of the starter's role.
Each quarterback has appeared in five games. Nadler has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 708 yards and 17 touchdowns against four interceptions. Goldrich, with three starts, has completed 54.4 percent of his throws for 401 yards and six touchdowns against four interceptions. Both have rushed for four touchdowns, Nadler on a 8.6 yards per carry average and Goldrich on a 5.8 yards per carry average.
Josh Ford is a solid rusher, having amassed 232 yards on 59 carries for three touchdowns. The problem is, he is averaging only 6.6 carries per game. The Crush could be inclined to increase that workload to give the offense more diversity and take pressure on which ever QB is in the game. Ford is also formidable in the receiving game, having caught 22 passes for 123 yards and a pair of scores.
Kyle Kaiser leads the receiving group. He and Ford are the only two players to appear in all nine of the Crush's games. Kaiser has hauled in 36 passes for 480 yards and 12 touchdowns. Lovie Rose III and Erick Brundidge have 18 catches for 225 yards, and nine catches for 95 yards, respectively.
Derrick Morgan anchors the defense in most major statistical categories, and has for most of the season. Daniel Lindsey has been making a splash as of late. Lindsey has one of the Crush's two defensive interceptions this season. Ace Clark has 31 total tackles and leads the team in sacks with 1.5. Look for Cardelro Jones and Antonio Marshall to potentially come up with some solid play for the defense.
To win, the Crush will need to make some defensive plays against a pesky Screaming Eagles' secondary and, on offense, better utilize the rushing game.
Player to Watch: Josh Ford (RB)
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IFL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
May 5 - Nebraska Danger (6-4) at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (8-2), 5:05 p.m.
May 5 - Arizona Rattlers (5-4) at Cedar Rapids Titans (1-9), 5:05 p.m.
May 6 - *Iowa Barnstormers (7-2) at Green Bay Blizzard (2-8), 5:05 p.m.
May 6 - Spokane Empire (7-2) at Sioux Falls Storm (8-1), 5:05 p.m.
* Denotes a conference game. All times are pacific. All games are available on the IFL's Youtube channel.
In a special version of our SCtoC Player Q&A, we feature Zavier Steward, who Began the season with the Screaming Eagles, but has now found himself on the Crush roster; a two-for-one for us, so to speak.
Steward in three games for Salt Lake, rushing for 33 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, and caught a pair of passes for four yards with a touchdown. He has seen action in two games for the Screaming Eagles, scoring a touchdown on his lone rush of four yards. He also has returned six kickoffs for an 11.8 yard average.
Note: The interaction below occurred during Steward's time with the Screaming Eagles:
1. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in football so far?
I would say the day after my trainer/father figure's funeral I won MVP of homecoming game and dedicated it to him.
2. What were your first impressions of Project FANchise and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles?
Fans can’t call every play because most FANS are just that. Fans and don't know the game. As far as everything else I thought it was a dope concept.
3. What was it that made you want to come to Utah and to earn a roster spot on the team?
The chance to play for an old favorite coach who wanted to get me my NFL opportunity back and be a part of history with him. Taking an expansion team with an unorthodox approach to a championship.
4. Who has inspired you the most in your football career and in life?
My twin brother because he sacrificed A LOT to keep my dream alive.
5. What is your biggest long-term goal for your football career?
Play six years in the NFL and win a super bowl. All about winning.
6. What would you like to accomplish this season?
Lead the league in TDs as an RB. Shock the world and win a IFL championship as a first year team with fans calling plays. Get back into an NFL camp.
7. What are you looking forward to most about being a Screaming Eagle?
Being a part of history. First generation Screaming Eagle. Paving the way for the future athletes coming here. Interacting with the fans.
8. What would you like Screaming Eagles and IFL fans to know about you?
My father is a 6"3" Korean Jesus. But, other than that, I love you all. This is a FANchise. Y'all are why we are here; reason (we) exist.
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