Oklahoma team gets rude greeting to indoor game

03/26/02 Kearney Cyberhub
KEARNEY — The Oklahoma Crude received a rude welcome to the National Indoor Football League in their season-opener on Saturday.

The Crude, an expansion NIFL team that had never played a game of indoor football,  were delivered a 63-3 shellacking at the hands of the Sioux City Bandits.

The Bandits, who will travel to Kearney on April 28 to face the Tri-City Diesel, held Oklahoma scoreless until kicker Mike Scott chipped in a 17-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining in the game.

The contest was played in front of a sellout crowd of 2,750 Bandit fans. It was the first sellout in team history.

Sioux City led 23-0 at half as quarterback Jarrod DeGeorgia, formerly of Wayne State, threw two touchdown passes and ran for another.

"In the first half, I think we played over our heads," Oklahoma coach Morris Lolar told the Enid News & Eagle. "The first time being in an indoor facility, the first time seeing anything like that. … It's something to build on."

The Bandits are members of the NIFL's Pacific North division and will face the Diesel twice during the regular season.

Crime pays

The Sioux Falls Storm improved to 2-0 on the season with a 51-31 victory versus the Billings Outlaws on Saturday.

The Storm intercepted six passes in the rout, including three by strong safety Philip Wilson. The Storm defense leads the NIFL with 10 interceptions on the season.

"We just have the ability to take some chances," Sioux Falls coach Mike Aldrrich told the Argus Leader. "If you take some chances, sometimes that's going to be bad for you. But as long as you realize that and can move on, you'll have days like this where you'll get six interceptions."

However, the Outlaws delivered some blows of their own in the loss. Sioux Falls' wide receiver Chad Gomarko was taken off the field on a backboard after taking a vicious hit while making a catch over the middle of the field in the third quarter.

Gomarko was transported to the hospital, but reports indicate that he was not seriously injured.

Sioux Falls will travel to Tri-City on May 24. The Storm is not in the Diesel's division this season, and the teams will only play once during the regular season.

Bring the kids along

In their ongoing quest to bring quality family entertainment to Lincoln, the Capitols have announced that children 12 and under will receive individual game tickets at a 50 percent discount if accompanied by an adult.

The Capitols, who were known as the Lighting last season in the Arenafootball League 2, will open their season against Omaha on April 7.

The Capitals released their roster today, and it includes former Husker Vershan Jackson, a newcomer, and indoor football veterans Damon Benning (UN-L) at running back and Josh Luedtke (UNO) at quarterback.

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