HAYMAKERS END THE SEASON FALLING TO THE EDGE, 36-53
Lincoln, NE - The Lincoln Haymakers ended their second season as a franchise Saturday, May 31st against the Bloomington Edge. Lincoln's depleated team was unable to hang with the Edge's scoring attack as Lincoln fell 36-53. Lincoln played very well to start the game and took a 28-25 lead into halftime. Chuck Wright hit Steven Rush for his first two Touchdown Receptions on the season in the first half. Tyler Burks also rushed for his first scoring touchdown on his first carry of the season. 2013 All CPIFL WR Nick Rhodes also hauled in another touchdown reception in the first half.
The second half started off with a bang as well with Rookie LB Jesse Robertson Jr. intercepting Bloomington's QB Charles Dowdell and taking it to the endzone to score. Unfortunatly that would be the last time Lincoln saw paydirt in 2014. Bloomington's high powered offense was not extremly impressive Saturday night, however they took advantage of opportunities and steadily pulled away from the Haymakers scoring 28 points in the second half.
Defensively Lincoln was led by Anthony Pace with 9 tackles and one pass breakup. Emmanual Soverign and Jesse Robertson Jr. Both tied with 7 tackles on the night. Robertson Jr's effort on the night was a capstone to a solid year in which CPIFL Defensive Rookie of the Year could be a realistic outcome. Lincoln's Defensive unit was rather impressive all season and although gave up 21 points in the 3rd quarter managed to play a very sound ball game.
General Manager Tyson Billings commented on the season's outcome "We made significant improvements this season and I'm proud of our players and coaches for overcoming a great deal of adversity. On behalf of the Players, Coaches, and Staff we'd like to thank our fans and sponsors for all your support this season. We finished the season 4-2 at home which is a huge tribute to our fans and the community. Thank you again for another great season!"
Lincoln finished the season 5-7 a significant improvement from 4-8 last season as the Haymakers were in the playoff hunt until the final week of the season. Coach Cory Ross' squad finishes the year in 5th place as the top 4 teams qualify for the playoffs. Lincoln has celebrated 6 Player of the Week awards so far this season and will be looking to take home more individual awards once the season concludes. QB Chuck Wright could be this season's Offensive MVP as his production on the field in just 9 games dwarfs those who have played all 12. Jesse Robertson Jr. has made a strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year as well. League awards will be announced in two weeks after the conclusion of the regular season. For all your Haymakers news and information check out the team's official Facebook and Twitter pages.
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HAYMAKERS TAKEN DOWN BY THE BOMBERS
Lincoln, NE – The Lincoln Haymakers fell to the Salina Bombers Friday night in a game that was make or break for the Haymakers Playoff hopes. Lincoln came into the game needing to win, and Salina to lose to either the Beef or the Wild in the next two weeks. Lincoln’s 36-15 loss seemingly put a wrap on any playoff hopes for the Haymakers.
Lincoln gave up 20 points very early on giving up two kick returns for Touchdowns as well as one fumble recovery for a score. Already in a hole, Salina’s defense was able to sit back and play the pass forcing Lincoln to find alternative ways to score with Travis Ribbing out for the game. Chuck Wright went 23 of 44 with one Touchdown and two Interceptions on the evening. Nick Rhodes led the receiving core with 7 catches for 61 yards and one TD. The Haymakers defensive unit kept the squad in the game but the Offense struggled to amass points ultimately falling short on the scoreboard. Demarious Washington led the Haymakers in tackles with 6.
Lincoln will close out the 2014 season on the road in Bloomington against the Edge for the 3rd game in the series. Last week Bloomington fell just short to Omaha in a barnburner where they gave up 80 points to the Beef. Lincoln will fight to draw their record to .500 with a win Saturday night. For all the news and updates about the Haymakers visit lincolnhaymakers.com and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
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Offensive Player of the Week: Chuck Wright, Lincoln Haymakers
Wright has been on fire since joining the Haymakers in Week Three. After an 0-2 start to the season, Lincoln has gone 5-3 to find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt. In Week 12 vs. Omaha, Wright continued his steady play going 14-of-19 passing for 168 yards and five touchdowns. In seven games as a starter Wright has completed 61.8% of his passes (leads the league) and has 31 touchdown passes (third in the league). Wright and the Haymakers ride their three-game winning streak into Salina on Friday.
defensive player of the week: Jesse Robertson JR
Robertson made his presence felt early in the Haymakers game vs. Omaha in Week 11. With the score tied at seven early in the second quarter, Robertson scooped up an Omaha fumble and returned it 43 yards for the touchdown. Lincoln went on to win the game by a score of 67-56. Robertson added seven tackles and an interception in the game as well. The interception came late in the 3rd quarter with Lincoln down by one and led to a touchdown for the Haymakers. Robertson is tied for fourth in the league in tackles with 67. Lincoln travels to Salina on Friday in a game featuring huge playoff implications.
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HAYMAKERS SWEEP BEEF IN 2014 SEASON RIVALRY
Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Haymakers completed the two game series sweep of the rival Omaha Beef Friday night inside the Pershing Center. Lincoln’s 67-56 conquering of the Beef improves the Haymakers record to 5-5 on the season and just one spot out of the playoff race as they travel to Salina to take on the Bombers Friday Night.
Quarterback Chuck Wright hit 14 of 19 for 168 yards and 5 touchdowns on the evening leading the Haymakers explosive offensive attack. Running back Travis Ribbing had multiple punishing runs laying the lumber to Beef defenders on his way to a net of 127 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Late in the game, Ribbing and the Offensive line’s ability to pick up critical first downs eventually sealed the Haymakers win. Nick Rhodes’ 4 Touchdown receptions on the evening continued to show his promise as arguably the best wide receiver in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.
Another sound performance by the Defensive unit lead by Linebacker Jesse Robertson who amassed 7 total tackles and an interception on the evening. The Haymakers held the Beef to only 43 rushing yards and benefited from 3 takeaways.
Lincoln must win out at this point for playoffs to be a reality as they face the Salina Bombers (6-3) this Friday in Salina, KS. Salina still has to play Lincoln, Omaha, and Wichita again this season which if they lose 2 of those games and Lincoln wins out both teams will be set at 7-5 with Lincoln earning the tie breaker. Lincoln must win out against Salina (6-3) and Bloomington (4-6) in order to position them for a playoff run.
The Lincoln Haymakers Players, Coaches, and Staff would like to thank the Lincoln community for the continued support again this season. Friday night marked Lincoln’s final home game in the Pershing Center moving their record to 4-2 at home this season. Follow your Haymakers all season long on Facebook, Twitter, and lincolnhaymakers.com
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Defensive Player of the Week: Antonio Ficklin, Lincoln Haymakers
Ficklin was seeing his first action since April 12 as he returned from injury to make an immediate impact for the Haymakers in their 54-17 victory over the Kansas Koyotes. Ficklin recorded three tackles with two of them resulting in a loss for the Koyotes including two sacks. Ficklin is seventh in the league in sacks with five. The Haymakers will try to stay alive for a playoff berth as they host Omaha on Friday.
HAYMAKERS CLOSE HOME SEASON SCHEDULE WITH RIVALRY GAME IN HISTORIC PERSHING CENTER
Lincoln, NE – The Lincoln Haymakers will take on the rival Omaha Beef this Friday May 16th inside the Pershing Center at 7:05pm. The Haymakers are currently seated 5th overall in the league with the top 4 teams making the playoffs. A win against the Beef would sweep the regular season series between the two teams and position the Haymakers to make a late season run at the playoffs. The home regular season finale will be sponsored by Husker Auto Group and Pepsi.
Head Coach Cory Ross’ team has shown amazing versatility this season behind the leadership of veteran Quarterback Chuck Wright. Wright has catapulted Lincoln’s Offensive production putting the Haymakers on the playoff hunt. 2013 League All Star Wide-out Nick Rhodes is turning heads in the league and grabbing attention from higher leagues as well with his standout season so far. Lincoln’s defensive unit has the number one pass defense with former Husker Josh Bullocks coordinating the unit.
With the top two CPIFL playoff spots seemingly set with Wichita and Sioux City, Friday night could realistically be Lincoln’s last home game in the Historic Pershing Center. With this in mind the stage is set for Friday night’s game to be epic. An in-state rivalry game with playoff contention on the line and a historic building coming to a close makes Friday night’s game a must see event.
Tickets can be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box office or at the Pershing before Kickoff. Visit Boarders Inn and Suites, The Hylander Bar and Grill, and Down the Hatch to receive special offers on tickets! Follow your Haymakers all season long on Facebook, Twitter, and lincolnhaymakers.com
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MARCUS MILES EARNS CPIFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Miles got the scoring started for the Haymakers with a fumble recovery for a touchdown helping the Haymakers to a 58-27 victory over Bloomington. Miles added six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the game. Miles is tied for 10th in the league with 6.5 tackles for loss and is second on the team in tackles with 37. The Haymakers have a bye in Week 10 and will look to stay in the playoff hunt as they host Kansas on May 9.
HAYMAKERS CRUSH EDGE; CORY ROSS WINNINGEST COACH IN HAYMAKERS HISTORY
Lincoln, NE- The Haymakers took on the Bloomington Edge Saturday night and the Haymakers came ready to play. Lincoln secured a much needed win after back-to-back road games and look to continue their strong play into the rest of the season. The final score from Lincoln on Saturday night was the Lincoln Haymakers 58, the Bloomington Edge 27.
With starting QB Chick Wright unavailable, head coach Cory Ross looked to WR Nick Rhodes to fill in for the absent Wright at quarterback. If anyone had any doubts to start the game as to how Nick might handle the pressure at the position, they all faded fast. Rhodes came out firing right away and showed a surprisingly strong pocket-presence throughout the game. Rhodes had 4 passing touchdowns which included two of 25 yards or more, along with a 12 yard scamper in which Rhodes avoided 4 Edge defenders to give Lincoln their final score of the game. Other key players on the offensive side of the ball include RB Travis Ribbing and WR Marquis Parker. Ribbing had a fantastic 45 yard touchdown run, along with a 35 yard touchdown reception from Rhodes. Meanwhile Parker had 2 touchdown receptions in his return to the Haymakers.
However the most surprising impact from the game came from the Haymakers defense. On Bloomington’s first drive of the game, the Haymakers pressured the Edge into making a poor snap off the line which went into the endzone and was recovered by the Haymakers for a touchdown. The rest of the game the Haymakers defense was relentless, causing multiple interceptions, incomplete passes, and only allowing 27 points after giving up 50 during their last meeting in Lincoln. The total turnover count for the Haymakers defense was 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles including 1 recovery. Whether it was the initial stand that gave the Haymakers defense confidence or their general belief and desire to win, the defense came to play.
In addition to the player’s success on the football field Saturday night, head coach Cory Ross became the All-Time Winningest coach in Haymakers history. Ross said “It feels good, but I am hungry more this year. With it being only my second year in the organization, I would like to get another 4 wins under my belt.” Without a doubt Ross has given the Haymakers organization new life and if the team that showed up on Saturday night shows up to play the rest of this season, there is no reason why Lincoln can’t finish off the season 7-5.
The Haymakers will take on the Kansas Koyotes at home on May 9th, 7:05pm at the Pershing Center. Be sure tokeep up with all Haymakers updates on Twitter and Facebook. For ticketing information contact the Haymakers at (402) 904-5600 or go to www.lincolnhaymakers.com.
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HAYMAKERS LOOK TO CRUSH EDGE
The Lincoln Haymakers will take on the Bloomington Edge this Saturday, April 26th at 7:05pm at the Pershing Center. The Haymakers seek to sweep the home series against the Edge and bounce back from a tough road loss to Dodge City. The Haymakers will play the Edge one more time in Bloomington to close out the season on May 24th, but look to take the season advantage this Saturday night.
The Haymakers fought off Bloomington earlier this season for a much needed win. The game ended up being one of the most entertaining games in Haymakers history with Lincoln coming out on top 54-50. Much could be accredited to QB Chuck Wright’s outstanding play, but the most important play came with only :20 seconds to go, where Wright found WR Travis Hunter in the end zone for the game-winning score. The Haymakers are looking to carry momentum into the end of the season and it starts here with the win over the Bloomington Edge on Saturday. Head Coach Cory Ross is making a few roster adjustments for this upcoming game, but don’t expect any changes out of the ordinary. The Edge come in on a 2 game winning streak, including a 52-43 win over the Sioux City Bandits last weekend.
This game will surely make an impact on whether or not the Haymakers make the playoffs this year, so come out and show your support for the Haymakers! Be sure to follow all score updates and information for the Lincoln Haymakers on Facebook and Twitter. For ticketing information go to www.lincolnhaymakers.com or call 402-904-5600 today!
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lincoln falls to Dodge City in First Ever Meeting
Lincoln, NE – The Haymakers came up short Saturday night falling to the Dodge City Law 58-41 in a game that had fans on the edge of their seats. The scoreboard did not necessarily reflect the on field story as the Haymakers faced several unique challenges. Lincoln entered the evening desperately needing a win to keep pace for the playoff chase in the last part of the season. Down in depth, the Haymakers entered the game with only one true offensive lineman which meant defensive linemen split time fulfilling the ironman football role. DL Antonio Ficklin, Marcus Miles, Eric Banford, and LB Devon Bridges shared time playing full time on defense as well as part time on offense to meet the team demands.
Lincoln’s slow start giving up 17 points in the first quarter ended up hurting the squad in the long run as the Haymakers were able to match the Dodge City scores in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Lincoln’s Defensive Line struggled with containing the run with lineman playing both ways and fatigue being an issue. Dodge City’s 110 rushing yards dwarfed Lincoln’s 47 total.
Catching up with Coach Cory Ross he noted despite having the lack of resources needed the effort was tremendous, “No one likes to lose but I couldn’t be more proud of the guys having to go both ways which hasn’t had to happen in this league in a while.” “Our guys played their tails off.”
Even with a fatigued protection unit Lincoln only gave up one sack on the night. Quarterback Chuck Wright continued to dazzle fans completing 21 of 36 passes for 235 yards and 4 Touchdowns on the night. All CPIFL Wide Receiver Nick Rhodes had nothing short of an amazing night reeling in 4 Touchdown grabs on 9 receptions for 138 yards. Coach Ross was pleased with Rhodes’ game, “Nick Rhodes played the type of football I expect him to play every game. We really pushed for Nick to separate himself from the rest of the receivers in this league and I felt he did that tonight.” The Wright to Rhodes connection has continued to grow this season providing the Haymakers plenty of Offensive production. Travis Ribbing had 27 yards on 7 carries behind a tired offensive line. Coach Ross noted “We couldn’t get Ribbing the ball enough, but without true offensive lineman; D- Lineman aren’t supposed to have to do that.”
Lincoln will look to supplement the depth on the Offensive line this week and look to hit on all cylinders at home. Lincoln returns home this weekend to take on the Bloomington Edge for “Stars and Stripes Night” Saturday April 26th inside the Pershing Center. All military members are encouraged to attend with $2 off any ticket by showing a valid military ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box office as well as at lincolnhaymakers.com. Keep up with your Haymakers on Facebook, Twitter, and online for all your up to the moment updates!
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LINCOLN GEARS UP TO LAY DOWN THE LAW
Lincoln, NE- This Saturday, April 19th, the Lincoln Haymakers will head to Dodge City Kansas to take on the Law.
Last weekend both the Haymakers and the Law suffered losses, each team will be looking to make a comeback from the previous weekend.
Lincoln fans will be following the Haymakers down to Dodge City on a fan bus to cheer on their team. The Haymakers are coming off of a loss against Wichita last week with a score of 49-32. The Haymakers struggled at the start of the game but came back fighting in the fourth quarter, yet could not pull of a win. They are looking to bring the heat to this week’s game in Dodge City.
Haymaker, Travis Ribbing, leads the team in touchdowns scored with eight for the season. Ribbing and Nick Rhodes lead the team in receiving yards. Defensively, Jesse Robertson and John Banks are leading the team with 18 solo tackles each.
Dodge City is coming into this game with a tough loss to Salina. The Law has had trouble coming out of the gate in recent games, and has taken their time to get things done offensively on the field.
Dodge City was able to take the advantage with a 38-37 lead in the third quarter; late errors in the game gave Salina the win over the Law in the fourth quarter.
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Special Teams Player of the Week: Wayne Jacobs, Lincoln Haymakers
Jacobs led all CPIFL returners in Week 7 with five kick returns for 110 yards in the Haymakers' 49-43 loss to the Wichita Wild. His average of 22 yards per return was tops in the league. Jacobs is averaging 18.4 yards per return this season which ranks 6thin the CPIFL. Lincoln will look to make the playoff race more interesting as they travel to Dodge City to take on the Law on Saturday.
The CPIFL begins the second half of the season with four games on Saturday featuring Wichita visiting Omaha, Lincoln travelling to Dodge City, Bloomington hosting Sioux City and Oklahoma visiting Kansas. Stay connected with the CPIFL all season by following us on Twitter @CPIFL and becoming a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/cpifl.
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haymakers fall short against defending champs
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers put up a good fight against the Wichita Wild, but fell 49-32. Both teams put points on the board each quarter, but the defending Wild champs put up a few more. Overall, turnovers and a lack of a kicker hindered the progress.
The defense had a strong outing against the Wild and held the Wild to only 16 points in the second half. Jesse Roberson lead the team with ten tackles. Marcus Miles and Antonio Bell both had strong performances. Bell had five tackles and two pass break-ups while Miles had four tackles, a block, and a sack. The offense worked hard throughout the game and beat the Wild in total offensive yards. In the fourth quarter, the offense came back scoring two touchdowns, but couldn’t outlast the Wild.
The Haymakers travel to Dodge City this weekend to take on a tough Law team. There is still room on the Dodge City fan bus. The price is only $199 for two people and includes round trip bus transportation, hotel accommodations, $25 in Free Play from the casino, and two tickets to the game. Come and follow your Haymakers on the road. Call (316) 315-4923 to book your spot today! For more information, visit lincolnhaymakers.com.
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LINCOLN TRAVELS TO WICHITA TO TAKE ON THE DEFENDING CHAMPS
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers will travel to Wichita this Saturday to take on the defending league champions, the Wichita Wild. The Haymakers lost to the Wild earlier this season, but are looking to rebound after a revamped offensive overhaul. The Haymakers are better prepared and hungry for a win this time around behind star quarterback Chuck Wright. Head coach Cory Ross commented on the upcoming game, “It is a big game this week. Second time we will face this team this year. We are a completely different team the first time they saw us. I cannot wait to see what we can do against a very good Wichita team.”
The Haymakers are coming off a tough loss to the Oklahoma Defenders. It was a back and forth battle in the second half, but the Defenders came out on top 73-61. Receiver Nick Rhodes had 71 receiving yards and three touchdowns while running back Travis Ribbing had 42 rushing yards and one touchdown. On defense, Jesse Roberson led the team with ten tackles. The Haymakers defense also had an impressive three sacks for a total loss of 21 yards.
The Lincoln Haymakers have several ties to the Wichita organization as players WR Nick Rhodes, DL Marcus Miles, and RB Travis Ribbing have all played for the Wild in the last few seasons. The ties even extend to the front office with General Manager Tyson Billings tracing his roots to the Wild organization. The Haymakers will need a combined Offensive, Defensive, and Special team’s effort to have success against the Wild Saturday night.
The matchup between the Haymakers and the Wild will take place this Saturday April 12th at 7:05pm. Fans can watch the game via web stream by going to lincolnhaymakers.com and clicking on the America One link. For scoring updates and more information, visit the lincolnhaymakers.com or the team’s Facebook and Twitter homepages.
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OKLAHOMA ESCAPES LINCOLN WITH THE WIN
Lincoln NE, There was no shortage of points as Lincoln falls in a heartbreaker to the Oklahoma Defenders 73-61. Both team put on a show scoring on nearly every drive; it was a hard fought game by both teams that saw a combine 134 points scored. Nick Rhodes had himself whale of a game hauling in three touchdown reception all from Quarterback Chuck Wright.
The Defenders special team stole the show in the first half as took two kick-off returns to the house and also made four field goals. The Defenders would take a 42-27 lead into the half scoring 26 on special teams. The second half the Haymakers came out ready to play staring the opening drive on the Defenders 18 yard line and scoring on an 18 yard run TD run by Troy Brookins. The game would go back and forth after that. The Haymakers got as close as four points but could not take the lead failing to punch it in on 4th and goal on the three yard line late in the fourth. Both teams would trade touchdowns after that and the Haymakers would run out of time falling 73-61.
The Haymakers will travel to Wichita next week as they seek to revenge from an early season loss to the Wild and improve their playoff position. Lincoln falls to 2-3 on the season with a road trip to Wichita to face the defending league champions. To watch the game via web stream log on to lincolnhaymakers.com and click the America One link.
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HAYMAKERS LOOK TO CHASE PLAYOFF SPOT AGAINST OKLAHOMA
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers will face the Oklahoma Defenders with a chance to close in on playoff positioning this Saturday April 5th at the Pershing Center. The Haymakers will play host to the 50 yards of food promotion with People City Mission. By donating a canned food item, fan’s will receive $2.00 off their General Admission ticket.
The last time the Haymakers and Defenders battled was in 2013. The Haymakers defeated the Defenders in a close game 46-40. While the Defenders are coming off a loss, the Haymakers are fresh and ready to go after the bye week. Coach Cory Ross commented about the bye week, “Coming off the bye week, we have some players coming back from some much needed rest. We as a staff are excited to have everybody healthy and back at 100 percent for a big game against the Oklahoma Defenders.”
The Haymakers and Defenders are both 2-2 and are looking for a win to get into the playoff hunt. With four teams sitting at 2-2, if Lincoln can pull out a win this weekend they’d make a strong case to control their own playoff destiny.
The Haymakers are fired up after their historic win over the Omaha Beef two weeks ago. The Haymakers pounded the Beef in the in-state battle 59-20. Running Back Travis Ribbing and Wide Receiver Troy Brookins lead the offense in rushing and receiving. Ribbing had three touchdowns with 63 running yards while Brookins scored two touchdowns and finished the game with 70 receiving yards. Quarterback Chuck Wright completed four touchdown passes with 147 passing yards. A strong defensive performance also helped the Haymakers. John Banks and Tyler Burks lead the team with 8 tackles each. The defense also forced five interceptions against the Beef.
Coach Ross stated, “The Defenders have lost to the two teams we have lost to and they could have easily won both. Therefore, we have taken this game very seriously and will leave nothing back.” The match up will begin this Saturday April 5th at 7:05pm at the Pershing Center. Fans can receive $2.00 off a General Admission ticket just by donating a Canned Food Item at the Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office or at lincolnhaymakers.com. For more information on the Haymakers visit lincolnhymakers.com or visit the team’s Facebook and Twitter homepages.
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Lincoln Makes Franchise History winning big over the Omaha Beef
Saturday night Lincoln opened eyes in the indoor football world by knocking off the Omaha Beef for the first time in Franchise history 59-20. Lincoln is off to its best start ever at 2-2 behind Head Coach Cory Ross. The Haymakers win Saturday night marks the largest point differential in team history as the squad soundly beat Omaha by 39 points.
Lincoln started off very hot in the first quarter taking a 14-3 lead thanks to an interception return by Michael Pace and a rushing score by last week’s CPIFL offensive player of the week Travis Ribbing. Following up in the second quarter both teams traded scores with Hanaphy’s 38 yard field goal keeping the point spread 14 at the half. Quarterback Chuck Wright found Troy Brookins for a 27 yard score and again powerhouse running back Travis Ribbing dashed 16 yards for his second score of the night.
After leading 31-17 at the half, Lincoln’s Raynor Doors Defensive unit tightened their grip disabling any half time adjustments from the Omaha offensive unit holding them to only 3 points in the second half. Wright then connected with 3 different Haymakers (Rhodes, Rush, and Brookins) in the second half all for touchdowns widening the scoring gab late into the game. Travis Ribbing provided the dagger score with an impressive 32 yard run early in the 4th quarter earning him this week’s Snap Fitness Road Warrior honor.
Lincoln’s 233 yards of offensive production goes back to solid quarterback play and a very impressive rushing attack. Head Coach Cory Ross’ crew looks to be coming together in the last two weeks as the squad heads into the bye week. Coach Ross commented on the team’s progress in the first 4 weeks of play. “We’ve got the talent; we just need our guys to continue to work on being disciplined and continue to develop our system because we are nowhere near a finished product.”
This week the Lincoln Haymakers have their bye week but return to action Saturday April 5th at home inside the Pershing Center against the Oklahoma Defenders who are 2-2 after starting out 2-0 on the season. Tickets are available by visiting the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box office or by logging onto lincolnhaymakers.com. Follow the Haymakers on Facebook and Twitter for all your up to the moment updates!
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HAYMAKERS aim to take down the beef saturday night
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers will travel to Omaha this Saturday in an in-state battle with the Omaha Beef. The Haymakers and the Beef played earlier this season in a preseason exhibition where the Haymakers lost a close game 29-27. The Beef had a bye week last weekend to rest, but the Haymakers are coming off an exciting 54-50 win against the Bloomington Edge. Head Coach Cory Ross commented on the upcoming game’s outlook, “After a great victory this weekend I can’t wait to see what (Chuck) Wright can do with a full week of practice.” The vastly improved Quarterback play of Chuck Wright propelled the momentum for Lincoln’s victory and should carry the Haymakers into a thrilling match up against the Beef.
Both the Haymakers and the Beef have one win and are striving to attain another win to get into the early playoff hunt. The Haymakers just finished possibly the most exciting game in history against the Edge which came down to the last seconds. The Edge scored with 33 seconds left in the game leading the Haymakers 50-47. The Haymakers came back and scored with 20 seconds left leading the game 54-50. The Edge tried for a last second score, but did not prevail. Running back Travis Ribbing will be the player to look for against the Beef. Ribbing had three touchdowns and lead the team in rushing (86 yards) and receiving (51 yards). On defense, Tyler Burks, Marquis Rolle, and Emmanuel Soverign will be the standouts to watch. Burks and Rolle both had seven total tackles. Soverign had three total tackles and three pass breakups.
Haymakers coach Cory Ross commented, “People can expect another great game with the Haymakers/Beef match-up. The past games these teams have played have come down to the last few minutes. Fans can look forward to an intense and exciting game.” The in-state match up will begin at 7:05pm this Saturday March 22nd at the Ralston Arena. For more information on the Haymakers visit lincolnhymakers.com or visit the team’s Facebook and Twitter homepages.
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HAYMAKERS BEAT THE EDGE IN A LAST SECOND COMEBACK WIN
The Lincoln Haymakers outlasted the Bloomington Edge in a thrilling back-and-forth game in Lincoln, NE Friday night. Both the Edge and Haymakers came into the game seeking their first wins of the season. This was one of the most entertaining home games in Haymakers history, with Lincoln coming out on top 54-50.
The Edge took an early 12-3 lead after missing back-to-back extra points, but a 23 yard run by RB Travis Ribbing with 1:07 left in the 1st quarter brought the Haymakers within two. The game was filled with hits and defensive stops that brought Haymaker fans to their feet. In the 2nd quarter, former Nebraska Blackshirt, Andre Jones had a monster hit that sent WR Lavaughn, Macon over the dasher boards. A long 30 yard pass from QB Chuck Wright to WR Nick Rhodes, along with a rushing touchdown from WR Shane Scott put Lincoln ahead 24-19. After an Edge touchdown, the Haymakers quickly answered back with two touchdowns right before the half; a 10 yard pass from Wright to WR Keith Eloi and a powerful 13 yard run by Ribbing who broke through 5 Edge defenders on his way into the end zone.
The Edge opened up that half with back-to-back scores and took a 39-38 lead into the 4th Quarter. However, games are won and lost in the 4th quarter and the Haymakers came to play. After trading field goals, the Bloomington Edge still led by one point with less than five minutes to go in the game 42-41. With 1:37 left on the clock the Haymakers took the lead with a 19 yard touchdown scamper by Ribbing, but were unsuccessful on the two-point conversion. However the Edge answered right back with late score and successful two-point conversion to take the lead 50-47. But it was Lincoln who would get the last word, as Wright found WR Travis Hunter in the end zone for the game-winning score with :20 seconds to go. A last effort pass by the Edge was broken up by DB Andre Jones which solidified the game and the Haymakers first win of the season.
Bloomington falls to (0-2) on the season, while Lincoln improves to (1-2). The Haymakers will take on the Omaha Beef next Saturday, March 22nd, at the Ralston Arena in Omaha. Be sure to follow all score updates and information for the Lincoln Haymakers on Facebook and Twitter. For ticketing information go to www.lincolnhaymakers.com or call 402-904-5600 today!
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hAYMAKERS LOOK FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST THE EDGE
Lincoln, NE, March 11, 2014: The Lincoln Haymakers return home to take on the Bloomington Edge this Friday, March 14th, at the Pershing Center at 7:05pm. After playing two straight playoff teams and dealing with a few injuries, the Haymakers look to get their first win of the season against the Edge. Much like the season opener, the defense came out ready to play and held Sioux City to only 16 points in the first quarter, but unfortunately the Haymaker offense could not get it going. With a few days until the game against Bloomington, there may be a few roster moves in the near future for the Haymakers as they look to put the most successful team on the field each game. Head Coach Cory Ross is expected to have news regarding this potential roster change later this week.
The Bloomington Edge comes in to Lincoln this Friday 0-1 after losing to the Salina Bombers 56-20. It is early in the season, but with both teams seeking their first wins of the season the urgency to stay in the playoff picture is rising. The Haymakers split the regular season series last year with the Edge, with the Haymakers winning their last meeting in Lincoln 48-39. Lincoln is looking to carry momentum from this game into next week’s matchup against in-state rival Omaha Beef on March 22nd.
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hAYMAKERS fall short in season opener against defending champions
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers look to bounce back after their season opening loss to the Wichita Wild Friday night inside the Pershing Center. Lincoln’s defense held strong in the first half holding the Wild to only 20 points, with 7 coming from a pick six in the first half. Last year’s fan voted Special Team’s MVP Benny Hanaphy was responsible for the only 3 points in the first half.
Going into the second year as an organization, the Haymakers are still building their core group of players but veteran and former Husker Andre Jones looked impressive Friday night picking off 2013 Champions Bowl MVP Quarterback Rocky Hinds. Lincoln’s only other points came from Defensive Lineman turned fullback Antonio Ficklin’s two yard touchdown run. Coach Ross commented “Defensive played stellar in the first half; unfortunately we could not get our offense going.” Looking forward to next week Coach Ross noted “We will continue to improve, we have a lot of talent on our squad and once our players start to play to their potential we will grow by leaps and bounds.”
Next week Lincoln faces the Sioux City Bandits who are just coming off a last second loss to the Salina Bombers 77-70. Last season Lincoln lost both matchups with the Bandits with one coming down to the final seconds of the game. The Haymakers games are available for viewing online via America One. Visit lincolnhaymakers.com for the link. Be sure to keep up with the Haymakers throughout the season by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
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hAYMAKERS Open Season against Defending champions wichita wild
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers take on the defending league champions Wichita Wild this Friday night February 28th at the Pershing Center with kickoff at 7:05 pm. The Haymakers have had two tough contests this pre-season that have helped prepare them for the kickoff of this 2014 regular season.
Going into the second year as an organization, the Haymakers have made tremendous improvements this off-season from last year and are looking forward to a potential successful season. The Haymakers defense would be the strong point of the team right now being led by DL Antonio Ficklin, DL Marcus Miles, and Ex-Huskers CB Antonio Bell and CB Andre Jones. First season Head Coach Cory Ross is also geared up and excited for the kickoff of the season and having the team completely in his command.
Friday night will mark the beginning of the Paco Martinez era for the Wichita Wild. Wichita has basically retained their entire roster from last season most notably Matt Moss who earned the CPIFL Defensive Player of the Year. Moss was a menace in the opponent’s offensive backfield and Lincoln’s new offensive line will have their hands full containing this league All Star. Champions Bowl MVP Quarterback Rocky Hinds also returns for the Wild. Hinds led the Wild to the organizations first championship win and with his receiving core back, the squad could be very impressive this season. Lincoln’s defensive secondary will be tested early with Wichita’s offensive attack.
Come and check out the exciting regular season debut match-up between the defending CPIFL Champions and your Lincoln Haymakers! For ticketing information call 402-904-5600 or visit www.lincolnhaymakers.com today! Be sure to keep up with the Haymakers throughout the season by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
hAYMAKERS TAKE ON THE bEEF IN PRESEASON ACTION
Lincoln, NE – The Haymakers will face their instate rivals, the Omaha Beef, in their last 2014 preseason game on February 21, at 7:05 P.M. inside the Ralston Arena. The Haymakers are looking to redeem themselves after three close losses to the Beef during the 2013 season. Lincoln looks to fine tune their roster before ending the preseason. Beating the Beef on their turf would be exactly what the Haymakers need to gain momentum going into the regular season as they face the defending league champions the Wichita Wild February 28th in Lincoln.
Haymakers head coach Cory Ross feels that this will be a great measuring tool for his team. “We are excited about getting another opportunity to evaluate our players before we set our final roster for the season. Also, we are looking forward to playing the Omaha Beef and see how we match up against them since we play them twice during the regular season.”
Lincoln’s first preseason matchup with the Nebraska Danger allowed a very young and inexperienced Haymakers squad to get acquainted with the expectations going forward. The matchup was highlighted by Kicker Benny Hannaphy’s pass to All-CPIFL Wide Receiver Nick Rhodes who nearly took it the length of the field. Running back Brian McNeill also caught the coaching staff’s eyes with a solid rushing touchdown early in the game.
On the Defensive side of the ball former Huskers, Antonio Bell and Andre Jones both hauled in an interception showing some promise for the defensive backfield. Both Tyler Burks and Antonio Ficklin recorded sacks against Danger QB’s which looks to be a big focus after last season’s Defensive Line rarely took down opposing quarterbacks. Lincoln will finalize their roster after Friday Night’s Beef preseason game.
Defending champions, the Wichita Wild, will travel to Lincoln for the Haymakers first game of the regular season on Friday, February 28, at the Pershing Center with kickoff at 7:05 P.M. For ticket information, call 402-904-5600, visit the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box office or log on to lincolnhaymakers.com. For game updates, fans can also follow the team’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
HAYMAKERS travel to grand island to take on the danger
Lincoln, NE, - The Haymakers kickoff the 2014 preseason against the Nebraska Danger on February 10th, 2014, 7:05p.m at the Heartland Event Center. The Haymakers come in to this season looking to make a statement. The Danger were runner-ups to the Sioux Falls Storm in the IFL United Bowl Championship last season and for the Haymakers, taking down the Danger in Grand Island would be exactly what the Haymakers need to start off the season on a high note.
Friday, February 21st the Haymakers will travel to Omaha to take on the Beef in another pre-season match-up. For those of you looking the make the trip up to Omaha, mark your calendars as the Haymakers travel to Omaha to take on the Beef. Needless to say, it is a rivalry in the making and the Haymakers are looking to take the early edge this season. The Beef hold a 2-0 advantage over the Haymakers, but with key players WR Nick Rhodes, DL Marcus Miles, and DB Andre Jones returning, the season looks bright for Lincoln.
Season tickets are still available for the 2014 season, but are going fast! For ticketing information call (402)-435-0411 or visit www.lincolnhaymakers.com today! Be sure to keep up with the Haymakers throughout the season by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
HAYMAKERS AND BEEF CLASH BEFORE THE SEASON.
Lincoln, NE- The Lincoln Haymakers and Omaha Beef rivalry will add another chapter Friday February 21st as the Haymakers travel to Omaha’s Ralston Arena to play a preseason exhibition game. The Beef escaped last year’s series with all three wins in closely contested games that evolved into arguably the league’s most dramatic rivalry.
The Beef and Haymakers both have new coaches and new players for the 2014 season making this contest one of the first opportunities for fans to see the teams’ new look. Lincoln’s Head Coach Cory Ross is well aware of the rivalry. Ross interim head coached one game in the series last year losing in the final minute to the Beef. “Last year there was no other team we wanted to beat more than the Beef, not out of hate, we respect those players and coaches, but because they have been around for years and they are known as an indoor football juggernaut in Nebraska.” Coach Ross looks to put the Haymakers on the map this season and defeating Omaha will be a monumental step in the right direction.
Lincoln will host the defending champion Wichita Wild on February 28th to kick off the 2014 regular season. Lincoln’s preseason game and first two regular season games are all against playoff teams from last season. Though the Beef preseason game is an exhibition, it could very well determine Lincoln’s momentum entering the 2014 campaign. For more information on the Haymakers visit lincolnhymakers.com or visit the team’s Facebook and Twitter homepages.