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In a showdown of AIF behemoths, the Harrisburg Stampede and Cape Fear Heroes met for the fourth time this season on Saturday night. This time they would battle for the right to be named American Indoor Football League Champions.
For the Heroes, the story all season has been their stifling defense and the play of quarterback Garrett Sutphen. Since taking over for the injured Aries Nelson, Sutphen has been playing fantastic throwing 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions since taking over midway through the season. Not to be outdone, the gunslinger for the Stampede, E.J. Nemeth, has had an incredible season amassing over 1300 passing yards in leading the leagues most prolific offense. The Stampede struck first as Nemeth found wide receiver Jerell Jones in the back of the end zone to take a 6-0 lead and then added a field goal jumping out to an 11-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Fear came back as Sutphen hit Walter Ford for a touchdown narrowing the margin to 11-7. Both quarterback’s drives were efficient in the first half exchanging scoring drives.
With the score 17-13 and under a minute to play in the second quarter, as they have done all season, the Cape Fear defense came up with a big play. Deep in Stampede territory, quarterback E.J. Nemeth threw an ill advised passed that was tipped and caught by linebacker Marcus Hicks who returned it eight yards for a touchdown. The interception return for a touchdown gave the Fear their first lead of the game, 20-17, sending the ruckus crowd into a frenzy. Harrisburg however, added a field goal as the two teams went into halftime deadlocked at 20.
The third quarter was all Harrisburg; they promptly took the third quarter kickoff and drove down the field for a touchdown. Then they added a field goal to take a ten point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, it was more of the same for the Stampede; quarterback E.J Nemeth threw a 16-yard strike hitting Collis Martin in the back of the end zone for a touchdown pushing the Harrisburg lead to 36-20, and they never looked back. For the second straight year, Nemeth was named Offensive MVP and in the second half he sure did play like it. He was simply on fire throwing darts to his receivers and making plays scrambling out of the pocket.. He more than made up for his interception before halftime, rushing for two touchdowns in the second half. The Stampede defense played great suffocating Sutphen the entire night while frustrating the CapeFear offense.
Trailing 36-20, the Heroes received the kickoff early in the fourth quarter when return man Walter Ford was being wrestled down attempting to lateral the ball which was fumbled and consequently recovered by the Stampede. Harrisburg then had the ball on a fourth and goal from the one yard line when Nemeth called his own number and ran around the left side unimpededfor a touchdown giving Harrisburg a 43-20 lead, silencing the once deafening crowd and sealing the AIF Championship for the Stampede. The final score was 57-42 as the Harrisburg faithful celebrated with their team after the game.
“It hasn’t sunk in just yet,” added Stampede head coach Bernie Nowotarski when asked to describe his emotions after the game. “The guys have worked really hard. This has been a process. Last year we got knocked out by the Fear, and I just really wanted this for our guys, and I’m also happy for our owner Marques Colston. Our defense has played like a beast all season.” The Stampede outscored them 37-22 in the second half enroot to becoming 2013 American Indoor Football League Champions.
“I thought we had a good first half; we went into halftime made our adjustments on both sides of the ball and E.J came out and executed exactly what we talked about,” added Nowotarski .”The kid just plays like a monster; he does everything for us. I told the guys all week to enjoy the moment because you never know when or if you’re going to be back here.”
E.J. Nemeth was undoubtedly the difference in the game. The veteran signal caller was lights out in the second half making plays through the air and on the ground. His toughness and leadership will never show up in the stat column; however those characteristics are just a few reasons why for the second straight year he’s been named offensive MVP. Now he can also be called a Champion.
AIF Championship between Harrisburg Stampede and Cape Fear Heroes this Saturday June 8th live at 7:30pm on your Regional Sports Network HerbFM Sports Radio
14 weeks of the 2013 AIF Football Season will finish with the two best teams playing for the 4th time this season - Harrisburg Stampede and the Cape Fear Heroes but this time it is for 2013 AIF Championship.
It’s a classic #1 vs #2 matchup between the league's top offense in Cape Fear Heroes against the league's top defense in Harrisburg Stampede. This is the fourth match-up between the leagues top two teams and the Heroes lead the series 4-1 dating back to 2012. The Heroes only loss was to the Stampede in their first meeting of 2013 when they beat them by a score of 39-30.
HerbFM Sports Radio coverage will start Saturday June 8th at 6:30pm live from Fayetteville North Carolina at Crown Coliseum with Chris Heidel and Euan McCreath with a thirty minute pregame show and Kickoff is schedule for 7:30pm.
You can listen to us at HerbFM.com or www.live365.com Keyword: HerbFM.com/AIFChampionship
Harrisburg Stampede and York Capitals – Winner Plays in AIF Championship
Central PA’s Finest Professional Sports Teams Faceoff One Last Time for the Rights to Bring Home the AIF Championship Ring
The Harrisburg Stampede and York Capitals will face-off this Saturday, June 1st at the PA Farm Show & Expo Center for the right to travel to Fayetteville, NC in hopes of winning the AIF Championship.
The Harrisburg Stampede and York Capitals have qualified for the AIF playoffs. The Stampede is ranked second place in the AIF, following a bruising battle with the Cape Fear Heroes on 5/25. The Herd’s regular season record is 6-2. The York Capitals are ranked third in the AIF with a regular season record of 5-3.
Although this is the Capital’s inaugural season, the two Central PA titans have met twice before, once in Harrisburg and the other in York. The Stampede was victorious during the first two meetings, but there are no guarantees in playoff football. This final 2013 season matchup will secure one team’s position in the 2013 AIF Championship. The winner will face the 2012 defending AIF champions, the Cape Fear Heroes on June 8th in Fayetteville, NC.
Both teams know each other incredibly well and this will be a high-flying, hard-hitting experience for fans! In effort to make this game engage both the Harrisburg and York communities, both teams are excited to offer complimentary tickets to all children ages 14 and under! In addition, adults may receive a $2 discount by using the promo code “STAMPEDE” when purchasing their tickets at www.harrisburgstampede.com.
Follow the AIF through the playoffs on HerbFM Sports Radio and the MHE Sports Network
Fans of the AIF will be able to follow their favorite teams through the playoffs.
On June 1st the Harrisburg Stampede take on York Capitals in a divisional playoff game, the game will be carried live on HerbFM Sports Radio. 2013 American Indoor Football divisional playoff has two teams who are only 25 minutes away from each other Harrisburg Stampede and York Capitals. The last time these two teams played was on April 27th at York City Ice Arena in a hard hitting game.
This game is for the trip to Fayetteville North Carolina on June 8th to play for AIF Championship. HerbFM Sports Radio coverage will start at 4pm with pregame show follow by kickoff at 5pm. You can listen to divisional playoff game on www.herbfm.com or www.live365.com keyword: HerbFM.com/AIF Playoffs
Saturday June 8th the AIF Championship Game from Fayetteville NC will air live on the MHE Sports Network. MHE is an internet based sports network from Durham North Carolina that video streams live sporting events, Mike Wood will be the play by play announcer for this game, Mike is the host of the MHE Sports Network signature show the Overtime Sports Show that airs Monday thru Friday in the 1:30 to 2:30 pm time
The game will feature the AIF regular season champion the Cape Fear Heroes against the winner of the Harrisburg Stampede vs. the York Capitals playoff game. The pregame show starts at 7:15 pm you can view the game by going to
This week the Stampede try to get back on track with a tough road game at Washington Eagles next Saturday at 7pm on AIF game of the week on HerbFM Sports Radio.
Harrisburg Stampede will be traveling down to the Baltimore/ Washington area on May 18th to see if they can get back on winning track after losing a tough game at home last weekend to the Cape Fear Heroes by two points. They take on the Washington Eagles that can beat a team that is above .500 but they are just not getting the breaks at the end of the game to pull out the victory.
The Eagles are coming into this game without a win this season, but this team looks like they are improving each week with offense that can get this team in shootouts with top teams in American Indoor Football.
You can listen to the game from Garden Ice House in Laurel Maryland, Saturday May 18th with our live pregame show starting at 6:45pm and Kickoff starts at 7pm
Round 2 between Two Top American Indoor Football set to battle live on HerbFM Sports Radio on May 11th with coverage starting at 2pm.
American Indoor Football (AIF) top two teams Harrisburg Stampede and Cape Fear Heroes are getting set to battle in the city of Harrisburg, PA on May 11th and HerbFM Sports Radio will start their coverage at 2pm, get ready for Round 2 between Heroes and Stampede kickoff at 5pm.
Coverage starts at 2pm with Replay of AIF Live Radio show with Mike Wood than a special pregame show live from PA Show Arena in Harrisburg starting at 4:30pm to get you ready for this classic matchup.
Last time these two teams played was two weeks in Fayetteville and Stampede gave Heroes their first lost by the score of 39-30 and both teams had a week off to get ready for this rematch.
Harrisburg Stampede travels to city of York Saturday Night for the Rivalry Battle with the York Capitals.
American Indoor Football Game of the week coverage on your regional sports network, HerbFM Sports Radio continues when perfect Harrisburg Stampede (4-0) as they travel down I-83 to the City of York to take on the York Capitals (2-1).
These two teams played two weeks ago and it was a very close game in Harrisburg but the Stampede pulled away from the Capitals by the score of 63-20.
Harrisburg Stampede is trying to sweep the season series on Saturday Night at York City Ice Arena against York Capitals or will the Capitals get their win over the rivals from Harrisburg.
Catch all the action starting at 6:45pm with Live Pregame show and Kickoff starts at 7pm and if you can’t make the 20mins drive from Harrisburg to York it will be Live on HerbFM Sports Radio on www.herbfm.com
The Cape Fear Heroes are pleased to announce their game on April 20th against the Harrisburg Stampede will be carried live on the MHE Sports Network. This game features the AIF two best teams to date this season in the Cape Fear Heroes and Harrisburg Stampede both teams have come out of gate with strong performances and both teams are 3-0. On paper both teams are similar in three games the Heroes are scoring 210 points and giving up only 44 points while the Stampede have scored 219 points and have given up only 45 points
MHE is an internet based sports network from Durham North Carolina that video streams live sporting events, Mike Wood will be the play by play announcer for this game, Mike is the host of the MHE Sports Network signature show the Overtime Sports Show that airs Monday thru Friday in the 1:30 to 2:30 pm time slot.
The telecast will air on April 20th and will begin at 7:15 pm (EST) with a pregame ceremony followed by the game kickoff at 7:30 pm.
Watch it streamed live below Or to view the game go to the link below
The Next Two York Capitals Games will be Broadcast Live on HerbFM.com as part of American Indoor Football’s Game of the Week
The Two Home Games for the upstart York Capitals will be a part of American Indoor Football Game of the Week coverage.
It starts with this Saturday Night’s Game vs the West Virginia Badgers who will be playing their 2nd Straight Game in York PA
The Badgers are coming off a tough lost to the Cape Fear Heroes two weeks ago and are hoping to have a great game vs American Indoor Football’s newest team, the York Capitals
Then join us again on April 27th for the York Capital’s rematch against the Harrisburg Stampede. HerbFM Sports Radio will be your place to listen to the games Live starting with Our Pregame show at 6:45pm
You can listen to all AIF Action this season on www.herbfm.com
Saturday action from American Indoor Football saw both undefeated teams, Cape Fear Heroes and Harrisburg Stampede maintain their perfect records.
In the first game of the afternoon in Harrisburg PA, the York Capitals came into PA Farm House Arena to take on their newest rival, the Harrisburg Stampede. This game was close at Halftime with the Capitals down by score of 27-20
But in the 2nd Half, Stampede QB EJ Nemeth took over the game scoring two rushing TD’s and the Stampede defense pitched a shutout to win 63-20 over the Capitals.
Capitals (1-1) were carried by Andrew Dailey who was 16-27 for 162 yards with Two First Half TD’s.
Heroes (3-0) traveled to Laurel Maryland to have a rematch with Washington Eagles (0-4) with a very nice crowd on hand at Garden Ice House
This game was broadcast Live on HerbFM Sports Radio and the game had hard hitting action all 4 quarters even though it was not reflected in the score with the Heroes winning over the Eagles 59-8..
Stampede (3-0) will now travel to Fayetteville, NC to take on the Cape Fear Heroes for a battle to decide 1st place in the AIF and only one will remain undefeated.
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