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Capitals Rematch Rivalry Battle with the Stampede
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…in AIF League News
Round 2 between the Two Top American Indoor Football Teams
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…in AIF League News
York Capitals vs Washington Eagles Game of the Week
York Capitals hit the road this Saturday Night traveling down south to Laurel Maryland to take on the Washington Eagles in the American Indoor Football Game of the Week on HerbFM Sports Radio York Capitals will be heading on the road after spending the last two games at home in…in AIF League News
Stampede vs Eagles - AIF Game of the Week
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…in AIF League News
York Capitals Defeat West Virginia Badgers 56-19
The York Capitals won a decisive victory over the West Virginia Badgers 56-19 Saturday night at the York Ice Arena. The Capitals fans once again showed up in force to watch the victory in spite of the fact that it was Earl Weaver night at Camden Yard with a sold…in York Capitals
The Harrisburg Stampede hosted the Concord Force Saturday night at the Equine Arena inPennsylvania in the first round of the American Indoor Football League Playoffs. The Stampede entered the game 6-1 while the Force came in with 4-3 record. In the opening quarter both defenses played great while each offense tried to find their stride.
However, late in the first quarter the Force would strike first when wide receiver CJ Washington caught a 32-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Demarcus Simons to give the Force a 6-0 lead. A failed two point conversion kept the lead at 6-0 and on the ensuing Force possession the Stampede defense would step up and make a big play. Simons threw an errant pass that was caught by Stampede defensive back Richard Johnson and returned 15-yards for a touchdown sending the hometown crowd into a frenzy. The successful extra point gave the Stampede their first lead of the game at 7-6 midway through the second quarter.
The Force looked out of sync all night. Quarterback Demarcus Simons and his receivers were not on the same page, so things got progressively worse for the Force. The Stampede offense lead by E.J. Nemeth started to get the offense going in the second quarter, not with his arm but rather with his legs. He rushed for a two yard touchdown before the half to push the lead to 14-6 then the Stampede special teams blocked a potential field goal attempt in the end zone and tackled wide receiver James McCord for a safety, pushing the lead at halftime to 16-6.
The Stampede defensive line was stout all night. However the Force didn’t help their cause by committing fourteen penalties in the game. “It was impossible to overcome all of our mental mistakes,” remarked Force head coach Kent Merideth. “Our offensive line struggled all night and our quarterback didn’t have a chance to look downfield. That being said I’m proud of my players, anytime you make the playoffs in any league it’s an accomplishment so we will take this as a learning experience and get better next year,” added the first year head coach.
To start the second half it was more of the same for the Force. The Stampede took the third quarter kickoff and marched down the field to score another touchdown to increase their lead to 22-6. Again it was a Nemeth rushing touchdown that broke through the Force defense, this one from a yard out. It would be his first of three second half rushing touchdowns. In fact the Stampede would outscore the Force 35 to 12 in the second half and were really never challenged.
Stampede quarterback E.J. Nemeth rushed for four touchdowns, threw for another and completed 16 out of 29 pass attempts. Coach Bernie Nowotarski knows however that next week against the Cape Fear Heroes they must be more efficient. “I thought the offense was a little out of synch tonight. I feel like we need to get into more of a rhythm, the guys know what’s at stake next week and fortunately we have a few days of practice to get better.”
“It feels good to be moving on; these opportunities are what you play for. I told our team it’s a 180 minute season. We took care of our business tonight and next week is another big challenge. We just need to keep our focus going forward and prepare for a team that put it on us a few weeks ago,” added Nowotarski.
When asked about his defense coach added these thoughts, “Defensively, it’s hard to complain about giving up a mere 12 points.” The Stampede defense was dominating, recording six sacks, recovering two fumbles, forcing three safeties and returning an interception return for a touchdown. The defense was led by Daniel Orlebar who had two sacks, two tackles for a loss, and was harassing Force quarterback Demarcus Simons the entire evening. Simons completed 7 out of 24 passes for a mere 129 yards and two touchdowns and an interception.
The Harrisburg Stampede now advance to play the undefeated Cape Fear Heroes next week inFayetteville,NC. Just a few weeks ago the Fear forced eight Stampede turnovers in a 57 to 32 victory. The winner next week will earn the right to play in the American Indoor Football League Championship game the following week.
Written by Euan McCreath
The Stampede featuring some of the best talent in the AIF had their only loss of the season on May 19th against the Heroes. Since that matchup the Heroes have gone on to beat the Concord Force in their last regular season game and earned a first round bye in the AIF playoffs as well as the conference regular season title while the Stampede went on to beat the Concord Force 52-12 in the first round of the AIF playoffs.
Both of these teams know each other well and the game expects to be a hard fought exciting game. The Heroes have also expanded their tailgating events for this game which start at 4 pm and have added such items as the Gamin Ride, Larry Alexander a local impersonator as well as music and other activities.
Gamin’ Ride is a Mobile Interactive Entertainment Center on wheels that brings the fun right to your doorstep! Their mobile theater immerses 24 guests into a 4D interactive party Experience courtesy of their vibrating simulation seating, game scents and XBOX 360, PS3, Wii and the Ultimate in High-Definition Gaming. Their on-board interactive event hosts help create the Experience and capture the memories, all the while keeping guests on their toes with a slew of activities, games and contests.
The Harrisburg Stampede ended the Regular season with a 6-1 record and a number 2 seed placement for the AIF Play-Offs. The Carolina Force ended their season at 4-2. The Stampede and Force will open the Play-Offs with a June 2nd game. The Harrisburg Stamped will host the home game and kick-off will be at 7:05pm and the doors to the Equine Arena will be open at 5pm.
All Seats are available and on sale now. Tickets are available by calling the Team Office at 717.964.8326 or by going on to the Team Web Site at www.harrisburgstampede.com .
The road to the AIF Championship starts on June 2 for the Stampede and Force. The winner will propel the team into the Conference Championship game on June 9th against the Number 1 seed Cape Fear Heroes . The AIF Championship Game will be help on June 17.
Get your tickets now and plan on having a FAN-tastic time with the Harrisburg Stampede and Carolina Force as they start their Play-Off quest to become the AIF Champions.
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