Locos turn to defense, King to end losing skid
05/14/01 David Walsh The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- The statistics for two individuals help explain how the River Cities LocoMotives beat the Tupelo Fire Ants, 33-20, Saturday night to end their five-game National Indoor Football League losing streak.
Russell Copeland, former receiver with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and now the chief threat for Tupelo, finished with one catch for five yards. In his two previous games, Copeland had hauled in six touchdown passes.
LeRon King, an import expected to inject life in the River Cities’ running game, delivered. The former Huntington High and Marshall player carried 25 times for 93 yards, both single-season bests, and scored twice. Full story>>
Locos’ skid finally ends
05/13/01 David Walsh The Herald-Dispatch
Solid defensive play against Tupelo helps propel River Cities to first-ever victory
Coach Melvin Cunningham got the long-awaited Gatorade bath Saturday night.
"Don’t mind at all," Cunningham said after the River Cities LocoMotives defeated the Tupelo Fire Ants, 33-20, for their first National Indoor Football League win. "I’ve waited long enough. We’re glad to have the monkey off our back." Full story>>
Cunningham, Locos keep the faith
05/12/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- So, Melvin Cunningham, the hometown team is 0-5. Would you buy a ticket to the next home game?
"I would be there," Cunningham said. "I back who I like. There are ups and downs, but I stay with them."
Cunningham has to be present tonight when the River Cities LocoMotives meet the Tupelo Fire Ants at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Civic Arena. He is head coach of the LocoMotives, who are 0-5 in their maiden National Indoor Football League season.
Cunningham remembers two weeks ago when 2,640 fans came to the Civic Arena to watch the then 0-3 LocoMotives fall to the Lakes Charles Land Sharks, 19-18. He hopes for a repeat turnout tonight. Full story>>
Locos return for three-game homestand
05/11/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- Jayson Grayson would like to put the shovel away for a week.
"We keep digging ourselves a hole every week," said Grayson, a defensive back for the River Cities LocoMotives football team. "It’s not that we can’t play. The mistakes are costing us big time."
Grayson never expected the LocoMotives to be winless six weeks into the National Indoor Football League season, but they are. River Cities is 0-5, one of two winless NIFL teams.
River Cities takes on the Tupelo Fire Ants (1-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Huntington Civic Arena. It’s the beginning of a three-game homestand. Eastern Division powers Wheeling and Johnstown come in the next two weekends. Full story>>
Locos derailed again in Johnstown
05/06/01 The Herald-Dispatch
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The Johnstown J-Dogs got back on track Saturday night at the expense of the winless River Cities LocoMotives.
LaMonte Coleman capped Johnstown’s opening possession with a 2-yard touchdown run to start the onslaught inside the Cambria County War Memorial. When the National Indoor Football League game ended, the J-Dogs had rung up a 51-8 victory.
Coleman finished with 87 yards on 17 carries and scored three times as the J-Dogs improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 on the season against River Cities. They won the first meeting, 54-27, at home. Full story>>
Locos return to action tonight
05/05/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- On paper, it appears the River Cities LocoMotives are catching the Johnstown J-Dogs at a bad time.
The LocoMotives, still looking for their first National Indoor Football League win, face a team which had a four-game win streak snapped last week when the Ohio Valley Greyhounds beat the J-Dogs, 36-19, in Wheeling.
"It’s real important we bounce back this week because we’re 4-1 now, but 4-2 is terrible," J-Dogs wide receiver Quenteen Robinson told Mike Mastovich of The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown. "Now, 5-1 is more like how we are. We’re built to win. This team, put together with these great players, is supposed to win." Full story>>
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