Here's the SIFL release release for the Columbus Lions-Greenville Force game on Saturday. Does Columbus maintain its dominance over Greenville, dating back to their time together in the AIFA? Does Greenville remain winless at home this season?
LIONS/FORCE PART DUEX
By: Matthew Hester
Southern Indoor Football League
Media Relations Director
GREENVILLE, SC (May 13, 2010) – With both clubs coming off a bye week, the Greenville Force (2-3) of the Southern Indoor Football League will look to get back to .500 when the take on the their rivals from the south in the Columbus Lions (4-1).
After taking part in one of the most physical games played this season, both Greenville and Columbus enjoyed a much needed bye week. Despite the bye week, the two clubs undertook a lot of damage from the previous match up two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Greenville experienced a lot of their damage on the offensive line with an injury to center Roger Thornton along with teammate Michael Champaign getting ejected from the last contest. With those key losses on the offensive frontline, the Force struggled protecting quarterback Andrew Webb. After setting the roof on fire in the first half with 216 total offensive yards, Greenville could only manage 50 second half yards.
Much of the Force’s struggle was due to the pressure brought by the Lions defensive line, a line that will be severely depleted this weekend. Columbus’ frontline will have a new look this weekend, as they will be without defensive lineman Elbert Shumake who suffered an ACL injury while Mike Berry made the jump to the UFL ranks. In desperate need of another lineman, the Lions added Shawn Morgan (6’4 240, Fayetteville St.) formally of NFL Europe and the AF2 Amarillo Dusters.
Greenville will have to maintain the protection upfront as the second half struggles resulted in the Lions gathering three interceptions, four sacks and one for a safety. The Force will also have to find a way to bring down Lions quarterback Chris McCoy who went on to set an SIFL record for the most completions in a single game with 28. McCoy and receiver Tirone Morris were inseparable with Morris grabbing 11 of those completions taking four in for touchdowns.
The Force will also be looking to erase being known as the only club to not defend their own home turf. The Lions 60-39 victory over the Force was the first for any visiting SIFL club (1-13). Columbus will look to improve to 4-0 all-time against their old nemesis and partners in the AIFA. In there three wins over the Force, the Lions are averaging 55 points per game with an average of 257 yards per game. Another big key has been the stinginess of the Columbus defense, Greenville has turned the ball over 12 times in their three losses with the Lions only losing the ball six times.
The Columbus Lions travel to take on the Greenville Force this Saturday night in the Bi-LO Center. First kickoff will be at 7:30 PM and fans can follow all the action by logging on to www.columbuslions.net and clicking on the listen live icon.
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