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The Rush Look For Their Second Victory Of The Season

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 | 0 comments

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As much as I’d like to say home sweet home in regards to the Rush, the heart has not at been home for the Rush in 2013. The Rush began the 2013 season with back-to-back home games against Iowa and Spokane, both were humiliating losses. Bob McMillen’s squad got back into the swing of things with a crucial road victory against San Antonio last week. It was the Rush’s first ever win over the Talons.

Today they are looking for their first ever victory over the winless Pittsburgh Power. This is the first ever meeting between these two franchises as the Power have only been in the league since 2012. The Steel City boys are also looking for their first winning season in franchise history.

Last year was not exactly a good start for this franchise as high roster turnovers, injuries, and a lack of fan support all contributed to a lousy debut season in 2012. This year the Power aren’t fairing much better. They had a bye week last week but lost their first two games to start the season.

Despite the Rush’s misfortunes this year, they will present a huge problem for Pittsburgh this afternoon at Allstate Arena. Wide receiver Rodney Wright has been emerging as a major contributor on offense and special teams. Reggie Gray is a force to be dealt with as always, and other players have been stepping up as well.

Fullback J.J. Payne has been more involved in the offense compared to last season, the offensive line has seen improvement, and new quarterback Carson Coffman is development as one of the AFL’s best young arms. The defense has been a concern at various points this season but last week they stepped up big time against San Antonio.

While the Rush may advantage on paper, the Power does have a couple of Chicago connections on their bench. Pittsburgh offensive lineman Beau Elliot was the Rush’s starting center during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He is now in the second season with the Power and perhaps he may be able to divulge some secrets to help his team.

Calling the offensive plays for the Power is former Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Tomczak. After leaving the Bears in the 90’s Tomczak finished his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been a mainstay in that city ever since. The head coach of the Power is AFL legend Derek Stingley. Stingley played in the league from 1995-2004 and was a member of the Chicago Rush during their very first ┬áseason back in 2001.

So there are a lot of Chicago ties in this game but I expect the Rush to take home the victory. They are a much better all-around team and the Pittsburgh Power is a team that’s still trying to find it’s identity.

There are some injuries for both teams, here are the scratches for the Rush:

#10 WR Nate Forse

#89 WR Taurus Johnson

#63 OL Ryan O’Neill

#58 DL Jacob Hardwick

Here are the scratches for Pittsburgh:

#12 WR Curtis Walls

#47 FB Brandon Link

#21 LB Ryan Lewis

Here are today’s starting lineups….

For the Pittsburgh Power:

Offense:

QB: #7 Jordan Jefferson

FB: #31 Kirby Griffin

WR: #1 Mike Washington

WR: #8 P.J. Berry

WR: #18 Perry Baker

G: #71 Daverin Geralds

C: #56 Beau Elliot

G: #69 Jason Thomas

Defense:

DE: #52 Donnie Pittman

NT: #94 Willie McGinnis

DE: #4 Neil Purvis

JLB: #17 Alvin Ray Jackson

MLB: #11 Gary Butler

DB: #9 Sergio Gilliam

DB: #6 Brandon Freeman

DB: #5 Chris LeFlore

And for the Rush:

Offense:

QB: #11 Carson Coffman

FB: #34 J.J. Payne

WR: #1 Reggie Gray

WR: #2 Rodney Wright

WR: #15 Jared Jenkins

TE: #75 Colin Madison

C: #66 Jeff Maddux

G: #79 Steve Edwards

Defense:

DE: #55 Brian McNally

NT: #92 Darrell Campbell

DE: #12 Anthony Hoke

MLB: #7 Tyus Jackson

JLB: #8 Kelvin Morris

DB: #4 Vic Hall

DB: #14 Jorrick Calvin

DB: #3 Joe Phinisee

If the Rush can win this game, they will reach the .500 mark and turn their season around. A loss will set them back which is something they don’t need this early in the season. You can follow me on Twitter for game updates @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports #REDepmtion

 

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