Danger readies for playoffs against Tri-Cities
Article posted on: 2013-06-11 00:00:00
By Tony Chapman
Nebraska Danger Staff Writer
With a playoff berth and at least one home playoff game secured, the Nebraska Danger still have a bit of revenge on their mind this week.
The Danger will play their final regular season game on Saturday night against defending conference champion Tri-Cities. The Fever defeated the Danger in Washington all the way back on March 15, 44-31.
"We are playing with a lot of momentum right now, and we'd like to keep it that way heading into the playoffs," Danger head coach Mike Davis said. "Even though we know we'll host a playoff game, we'd like to have two in the playoffs and the only way to do that is to win this game."
Since a heartbreaking loss to Green Bay on May 10th — where the Blizzard tied the game in the last 30 seconds and then blocked a field goal on the last play and returned it for a touchdown — the Danger have responded with three straight wins to run their record to 9-4. In their first two years in the IFL, Nebraska had won eight games total.
Nebraska continues to have one of the most exciting teams in the league as they average nearly 54 points per contest. Quarterback Jameel Sewell continues his assault in the franchise record book as his 2,400 yards through 13 games is a team record and with one touchdown pass on Saturday, he'll match Rocky Hinds' record from 2012.
In last Saturday's pivotal game at Colorado, Sewell threw for 235 yards and five touchdowns included three to Maurice Avery. Receiver Kayne Farquharson recorded 108 yards on seven catches and a touchdown. Sewell added 32 yards rushing, running his season total to 521 yards, and two more scores and for his efforts was named the IFL Vidswap offensive player-of-the-week.
"Jameel is playing at a pretty high level right now, but that is what we expected from him," Davis said. "This league is certainly built on timing and we've been fortunate that our guys play pretty well together. I think that's been one of the big reasons we have played so well offensively."
The Danger defense has operated well in the red zone recently, and has also been opportunistic in creating turnovers. They forced three last week against Colorado and got out to a quick 15-0 lead when linebacker Pig Brown intercepted Colorado quarterback Willie Copeland on the Ice's first play of the game. Later, Nebraska was able to take a 41-19 halftime lead when Kane Elenburg recovered a fumble in the end zone.
"We've given up more yards than maybe I would like to this season," said Davis. "But, we've done a great job of forcing field goals and turnovers and in this league that is what you have to do." Kickoff is set for 7 pm on Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center. Doors open at 6:00 with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30.
Tickets are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1 with veteran sports announcer Brad Fossberg on the play-by-play, or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com
Special events during the game:
The Nebraska Danger Danger Dolls
Pledge of Allegiance by Walnut Middle School and Barr Middle School
National Anthem by Connect Kids
Halftime performances by the Danger Dolls
Throw for Dough contest benefitting the United Way! (Buy a mini-football from their booth on the Concourse Level for $1 for a chance to win a pack of Cinnabon!)
Appearances by Bones
T-shirt shooter throughout game
Pizza Eating Contest with The Bunkhouse
Section contests for Nebraska Lottery
Following the game, an autograph party/dance party with Players, Danger Dolls, Ball Babes, Mascots, Coaches and Staff will take place.