Saturday, March 2, 2019

Strike Force aim to bounce back in home debut

🏈 San Diego Strike Force (0-1) at Tucson Sugar Skulls (0-0)
🏠 Pechanga Arena San Diego
📅 Sunday, March 3rd 🕔 5:05 PM (PT)
Following last week's season-opening road loss to the Quad City Steemwheelers, San Diego Strike Force head coach Burt Grossman released four players and fired his defensive coordinator. Defensive Back's coach Stefon Johnson was promoted to DC, then four new players were signed to the roster, including former Lincoln High standout Victor Dean Jr. (WR), and San Diego State alum Sergio Phillips (OL/DL).

With opening week in the rear-view, the Strike Force will get another shot to secure their first-ever victory when they host the Tucson Sugar Skulls, who will be making their franchise debut.

Tale of the Tape

San Diego Strike Force (0-1)

Head Coach: Burt Grossman (1st Season)
Week 1 Result: Loss to Quad City 49-67
Points Scored: 49 (49.0 PPG)
Points Allowed: 67 (67.0 PPG)

Tucson Sugar Skulls (0-0)

Head Coach: Marcus Coleman (1st Season)
Week 1 Result: Bye
Points Scored: 0 (0.0 PPG)
Points Allowed: 0 (0.0PPG)

Strike Force Offense vs. Sugar Skulls Defense

Quarterback Derrick Bernard was responsible for all seven Strike Force touchdowns last week, but his three interceptions resulted into points for Quad City. Two of six scoring passes when to Marques Rodgers, who finished with 123 yards off seven catches.

Tucson's roster features two defensive backs who tried out for NFL teams, Nigel Bethel II (Washington) and Micah Eugene Jr. (Chicago & Cleveland).

Strike Force Defense vs. Sugar Skulls Offense

After giving up a league-high 67 points while forcing no turnovers or sacks, the San Diego defense has a lot to improve on. Timothy Moten leads the team with seven tackles.

Tucson has two quarterbacks with prior IFL experience. As a member of the Cedar Rapid Titans, Jake Medlock led the league in passing yards per game (186.9) and touchdowns (47) last season. Newly added Matt Behrendt is entering his third season in the league.

The Sugar Skulls offense also includes San Diego State alum Antonio Rosales on the offensive line.

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