GRAND ISLAND, NE –
The 2013 IFL season b
egins this Saturday, March 2 for the Nebraska Danger as they host defending league champion Sioux Falls. The Storm will bring a 1-0 record to the Heartland Events Center as they defeated the Green Bay Blizzard 64-41 in their season opening contest.
The Danger defeated the Lincoln Haymakers 56-21 last week in an exhibition game with the team from the CPIFL. After a slow start, head coach Mike Davis liked what he saw from his team.
“We didn’t have a great start, so that’s a concern,” Davis said. “But, I thought our guys came together and played pretty well in the second half. That said, the way we played, we are a long way off from beating a team with the resume of Sioux Falls. It will take our best effort on Saturday night.”
In the win against the Haymakers, the Danger did most of the work on the ground. They ran 23 times for 68 yards, with newcomer Randy Bell leading the way with 50 yards on five carries and a touchdown. He’ll join Daniel Libre in the backfield for the first game of the season.
Davis’ defense will be relied on heavily on Saturday as the Storm bring a potent offense to Grand Island led by quarterback Martevious Young. Young, who played at Southern Miss, was named IFL offensive player-of-the-week for his efforts against Green Bay. He threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 101 yards on 18 carries and another score.
Storm linebacker Tyler Knight earned league defensive player-of-the-week honors after racking up 13 tackles and a sack in the Sioux Falls win. The Storm held the Blizzard to just 37 yards rushing in the victory.
Saturday’s game is part of a full four-game IFL schedule for week two. In other action, Cedar Rapids will host the Texas Revolution and the Colorado Ice will host the Tri-Cities Fever on Friday night. Also on Saturday, the Chicago Slaughter will host Green Bay. Kickoff is set for 7 PM at the Heartland Events Center.