Renegades host ThunderCats Saturday
05/21/02 Renegades Press Release
Division Rivals Heat Up Memorial Day Weekend At Family Arena
May 21, 2002 – While the weather in the Gateway Area has turned cold, the action at the St. Charles Family Arena will be hot Saturday night. The RiverCity Renegades (0-7) seek their first National Indoor Football League victory of the 2002 season with a 7:35 p.m. kickoff against their top rival in the form of the Tennessee ThunderCats (5-3). Saturday’s game will also feature activities to honor residents and employees of the City of O’Fallon (MO) along with veterans and current military personnel throughout the Gateway Area.
Since the addition of Head Coach Bill Charles late last month, the Renegades have rapidly improved, and with his help they hope to improve their record against Tennessee. RiverCity has significantly lowered its average points against from 52 to 40 points per game since Coach Charles joined the team on April 25, just two days before the first Tennessee/RiverCity game in Knoxville.
The previous meeting between the two teams on April 27 resulted in a 39-13 Tennessee victory, and extended the ThunderCats winning streak against the Renegades to six games. In the game, Tennessee led just 16-7 at halftime before outscoring the Renegades 23-6 in the final half. The two teams competed last year in the Indoor Professional Football League before both moved to the Atlantic North Division of the NIFL this year. With the Renegades coming off a bye week and Tennessee riding a decisive 51-6 victory over the Tupelo Fire Ants last Sunday, the ThunderCats should prove to be an exciting challenge for the Renegades.
The Renegades pass defense held the ThunderCats in check during the first meeting, but the rushing of Michael Cosey and a strong special teams effort game Tennessee the victory. Quarterback Rick Little threw for 90 yards and two touchdowns in the game, but Cosey rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries – including two touchdowns. In addition, Robert Loudermilk kicked two field goals and three extra points, while Roy Stone returned a kickoff 36-yards for a touchdown.
Renegades To Honor O’Fallon Residents Saturday
For Saturday night’s City of O’Fallon celebration, the RiverCity Renegades have several activities in place for residents and employees of the city. O’Fallon residents may take advantage of the Renegades special buy one, get one free offer on all Lower Level tickets. When coupled with the franchise’s policy of free tickets for all children under the age of 12, a family of four could enjoy Renegades football for less than $20. O’Fallon City Alderman Dan Brungard will participate in the opening coin toss and will throw out the first ball of the game. The Civil Air Patrol (a group of high school students seeking experience in the military) will serve as the Honor Guard while Nichelle Myers, of the Civil Air Patrol, will sing the National Anthem.
RiverCity Joins SSM-DePaul Health Center To Offer Youth Tickets
The RiverCity Renegades and the SSM-DePaul Health Center have joined to donate tickets to North St. Louis County youths to enjoy exciting indoor football action. More than 2,000 tickets were distributed to schools and youth organizations throughout the area as a result of this partnership. The donation is an extension of the Renegades efforts to expand the team’s commitment to the youth of the Gateway Area.
“We appreciate that DePaul Health Center has joined our team in spreading the excitement of the Renegades football at the Family Arena,” Renegades Managing Partner Bill Magers said. “The commitment to our organization from organizations throughout the St. Louis Area has truly helped the Renegades to make their mark on the region’s sport scene
Renegades Welcome Additions To Front Office Staff
The RiverCity Renegades added James Webb and Melissa Voigtmann as interns to the team’s front office staff earlier this week. Webb is a graduate of Stanford University and is currently working towards his Masters of Sports Management at Arizona State University. Voigtmann is currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Both will assist in the marketing, operations and sales departments. The team is seeking additional assistance in the front office. For information on employment or an internship with the Renegades, please call 636-410-0333.