GRAND ISLAND, NE – The Nebraska Danger are in unchartered territory.
The third year IFL franchise can clinch their first ever post-season berth on Friday night with a win over the Wyoming Calvary. The Calvary are a familiar foe to Nebraska, as the Danger are 2-0 against Wyoming this season and just last week took an 82-53 win on the road in Casper.
The importance of the game is not lost on Danger head coach Mike Davis.
"This is, obviously, a really big game for us," Davis said. "We've got to try and not think about the first two wins and go out and play our best game. Obviously, getting in the playoffs is just a first step. We'd like to be in a position to play some games at home in the playoffs and that may take winning out."
The Danger (7-4) sit one-half game behind the Colorado Ice in the Intense Conference standings. The 7-3 Ice travel to Washington for a game with Tri-Cities on Saturday. A Danger win on Friday would make them the first team to eight wins in the IFL this season. Saturday's winner for bragging rights in the United Conference between Sioux Falls and Cedar Rapids will also produce an 8-game winner. Both of those teams are also 7-4.
The Nebraska offense continues to be productive. The Danger is averaging 51.1 points per contest and last week's 82 point performance against Wyoming was the second most points in a game in franchise history.
Wide receiver Kayne Farquharson today was named the Vidswap IFL player-of-the-week for his efforts in Casper. The Miami (FL) product set a franchise record with 186 yards receiving, while hauling in eight receptions and three touchdowns from quarterback Jameel Sewell.
"Our offense has been playing really well," Davis said. "We hope we can just keep our momentum going and keep getting better each game from here on out."
Sewell continues to be a candidate for IFL player-of-the-year honors. He leads in the league in passing, touchdown passes and fewest interceptions. In addition, he is fourth in rushing and has accounted for 54 touchdowns on the season.
The Danger has been opportunistic on defense in recent weeks. They have three players – Maurice Simpkins, Pig Brown and Carl Gettis – in the top-20 in the league in tackles and are tied for second in the league with 20 takeaways.
Kickoff is set for 7 pm on Friday night at the Heartland Events Center. Doors open at 6:00 with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30.
Tickets are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1 with Steve Stein filling in for veteran sports announcer Brad Fossberg on the play-by-play, or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com. Eric Williams provides the color commentary.
Special events during the game:
Military Appreciation Night
Elks Flag Ceremony
Danger Dolls Dance Team
Color Guard Presentation
Pledge of Allegiance led by WWII Veterans
Coin Toss with the Marines, WWII Heroes and Miss Nebraska, Mariah Cook
Military Swear-In at Halftime
Following the game, an autograph party/dance party with Players, Danger Dolls, Ball Babes, Mascots, Coaches and Staff will take place.