Springfield Ends Season On Losing Note Against Kansas

07/11/09 - TOPEKA, KS - Scoring on their first two possessions, the Kansas Koyotes used the momentum to hand the Springfield WolfPack a 41-19 loss at Landon Arena and advance in the American Professional Football League (APFL) playoffs.

The WolfPack (4-6) came to within 14 points twice during the game, but both times the Koyotes answered back with scores.

Springfield's loss was their 4th straight and third of the season against Kansas, who advance to their 7th straight APFL championship game.

The Koyotes (8-2) will play July 25 at Iowa, the first time an APFL championship will not be decided in Kansas.

 

Scoring:

Kansas — Steen 7 run (Thompson kick)

Kansas — Price 6 interception return (Thompson run)

Springfield — Nevills 1 run (Whistle kick)

Kansas — Allen 4 pass from Kelly (kick failed)

Kansas — Smith 5 pass from Kelly (kick failed)

Springfield — Lovekamp 1 run (kick failed)

Kansas — Wrecke 21 pass from Kelly (Thompson kick)

Springfield — Trevor 46 pass from Lovekamp (kick failed)

Kansas — Wrecke 13 pass from Kelly (Thompson kick)

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing:

Springfield: Lovekamp 10-19, Nevills 2-3, Vibbard 1-(minus) 8.

Kansas: Kelly 3-42, Steen 6-28, DuBois 5-25, Smith 5-21.

Passing:

Springfield: Vibbard 1-13-1 38 yards, Lovekamp 4-13-0 74 yards

Kansas: Kelly 9-24 87 yards.

Receiving:

Springfield: Trevor 3-87, Harris 1-24, Johnson 1-1

Kansas: Wrecke 3-45, Allen 2-11, Freeman 1-13, Smith 1-5, Tucker 1-5, Steen 1-4.

 

BOX SCORE

  Springfield
7
0
12
0
-
19
  Kansas
15
12
14
0
-
41

 

Only 14 Make Road Trip In Record Loss For WolfPack

06/28/09 - COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - With only 14 players making the trip to Iowa, saying the football game would be tough is an understatement. The Iowa Blackhawks held the Springfield Wolfpack scoreless in the second half in route to a 91-16 victory, the most points allowed in team history.

Mell Holliday's 3-yard run followed by Marque McCray's 8-yard grab from Blackhawk quarterback Chuck Wright started things quickly for Iowa in the first quarter, but an 8-yard reception by Springfield's Alvin Johnson from Anthony Vibbard and a 2-point conversion was the closest the WolfPack would get to the APFL leaders.

Holliday and McCray were the only Blackhawks to score more than once, with Iowa sending 10 different players into the endzone.

Iowa intercepted five passes and put 21 points on the board in each of the 3rd and 4th quarters.

 

I – Holliday 3 run (Kick Good)

I - McCray 8 pass from Wright Kick Good)

S – A. Johnson 9 pass from A. Vibbard (Lecory Teague run)

I – Hood 4 pass from Wright (Kick Good)

I – Stuart 14 run (Kick Good)

I – Moore 14 Int Return (Kick Good)

S – Stanley Harris 59 Kickoff return (Johnson pass from Vibbard)

I – Holliday 2 run (Kick Good)

I – Dedric Washington 9 interception return (Kick Good)

I – Holliday 27 run (Kick Good)

I – McCray 7 pass from Wright (Kick Good)

I – Wright 1 run (Kick Good)

I – Peacock 1 run (Kick Good)

I – Evans 3 run (Kick Good)

I – Isenhart fumble recovery

 

BOX SCORE

  Springfield
8
8
0
0
-
16
  Iowa
14
35
21
21
-
91

 

WolfPack Lose To Koyotes Had Opportunities Again

06/06/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Once again the Springfield WolfPack had opportunities to win their final regular season home game game against the Kansas Koyotes, but failed to score on their first possession and 4 other times in a 40-27 defeat.

On the first play of the game Kansas quarterback Carlos Kelley's pass was intercepted by Jonathan Frazier at the WolfPack 19 yard line, but Springfield squandered the chance turning to ball over on 4 downs.

After running back Robbie DuBois picked up 20 yards on 3 carries, it was Kelly's 1-yard run into the end zone with 8:27 remaining to put Kansas on the board first.

Springfield was 5 for 8 on 4th down plays, but could have used three of those conversions in the first half. The WolfPack were trailing by 27-0 late in the second quarter after a fumbled snap two interceptions stopped WolfPack drives in the red zone.

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Dwayne Allen, who figured in three huge receptions for Koyote touchdowns, nabbed a 26 yard pass from Kelly with 5:50 left in the second quarter and a 17 yard score with 1:47 remaining.

But with :10 left in the half, Brett Lovekamp's 34 yard reception (on a 4th down and 30), gave the WolfPack the ball on the Koyote 13 yard line. After a Kansas penalty, WolfPack quarterback Colby Hughes' 7-yard run with no time on the clock (and good extra point) broke the shutout.

Springfield scored first to start the second half, but only after getting the ball back on a turnover. Sean Nevills gave the WolfPack hope with a 1 yard TD run set up by Luke Shah's 13 yard reception (again on a 4th down play) and Springfield trailed 27-13 after a missed extra point.

DuBois' 10 yard run opened the gap for the Koyotes to 20 points (33-13) after the extra point was ruled no good with 6:30 left in the 3rd quarter. Then Allen's 35 yard reception in the 4th quarter took a bite out of the WolfPack opening a 40-13 lead.

Springfield used a 7 yard pass to Lovekamp with4:35 left in the 4th (2 point conversion failed) to trail by 21. Then with 53.8 seconds left in the game a 45 yard pass to Alberto Garcia put 6 more WolfPack points on the board. The 2 point conversion was good.

Springfield Sets Record With Win Over Junction City

05/30/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Sean Nevills lead the Springfield WolfPack with 7 rushes for 90 yards and 4 touchdowns in a  71-6 rout of the Junction City (Kan.) Tigers at Mediacom Ice Park.

Springfield scored the most points against an American Professional Football League (APFL) opponent in team history breaking the previous record of 70 points scored against the Missouri Minutemen on May 24th, 2008. 

Brett Lovekamp caught 5 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns including a 32-yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter.

Alvin Johnson ran for two and caught one touchdown in the second half.

Kicker Chris Shiratto had a bid to tie his own APFL record 10th extra point stopped when his final attempt, with 10.7 seconds left in the 4th quarter, was blocked. Shiratto also set the record on May 24th, 2008 against Missouri.

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BOX SCORE

  Springfield
14
14
16
27
-
71
  Junction City
0
0
6
0
-
6

 

WolfPack Suffer 3 Point Loss But Had Chances To Win

05/02/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Even with Springfield WolfPack quarterback Colby Hughes' return to the lineup, it was the inability to score in the first and second quarter that came back to hurt the team in a 35-32 loss to the Iowa Blackhawks at Mediacom Ice Park.

After holding the Iowa Blackhawks on four downs to open the game, the WolfPack used most of the first quarter on a drive that ended with the same result. Brett Lovekamp's 8-yard pass reception from Hughes set up the WolfPack on the 2 yard line. Four plays later a Blackhawk goal line stand stopped Springfield from scoring first.

Iowa launched a 4-play, 48-yard assault beginning with a 44-yard strike from starting quarterback Chuck Wright to Steve Rush, and ending with a 6-yard TD pass to Ben Alford. With 1:11 left in the opening quarter the Blackhawks had a 7-0 lead after a good extra point.

On the WolfPack's next possession in the 2nd quarter, a touchback and a loss to their 1.5 yard line ended with another turnover on downs to the Blackhawks. Iowa gained the ball on the WolfPack 8-yard line using a strike from Alford to Michael Stewart, from as many yards out, to take a 14-0 lead with 7:46 showing on the clock.

Springfield battled back with 3:41 left in the half after a pass interference call prevented Lovekamp from hauling in a potential score. With the ball on the 3-yard line, Hughes' keeper moved the ball to the 2, and Lovekamp took it in from a yard to trim Iowa's lead to 14-6. The extra point was missed.

Two minutes later the Blackhawks regained a 21-6 lead on a 7 play - 45-yard drive ending with a 1-yard TD run by Mell Holliday.

A 44-yard kickoff return by wide receiver Alberto Garcia set up the WolfPack on the 6-yard line. Alvin Johnson ran the ball in from a yard out to trail by 9 (after a failed 2-point attempt) with 13:39 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Pack came back once again after Stanley Harris intercepted Alford on their 8-yard line and ran the ball back to Iowa's 8-yard line. Hughes' keeper at the 10:51 mark brought Springfield to within 3 points, after another failed 2-point extra point try.

Seven plays later, Iowa's Greg Ernster caught an Alford pass from 5-yards out to give the Blackhawks a 10 point lead once again.

Another 2-yard dash into the end zone by Hughes brought Springfield four points closer, at 28-24, just 52 seconds into the 4th quarter. Iowa struck back at 10:06 with a 4 play - 16-yard drive culminating in a 4-yard TD run by Stewart for an 11 point advantage.

Derrick Walster's 35-yard TD reception from Hughes (and a 2-point conversion with 57.3 seconds left) gave the WolfPack one more chance, but an onside kick failed.

 

BOX SCORE

  Springfield
0
6
12
14
-
32
  Iowa
7
14
7
7
-
35

 

Springfield WolfPack Win Second Straight Home Opener

04/25/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For the second time in two seasons the Springfield WolfPack have won their opening game at home in Mediacom Ice Park. This time it was an exciting 19-13 win over the visiting Florida Scorpions that went down to the final buzzer.

"This was a really emotional game," said WolfPack center Joe Helms.

It was the WolfPack who almost gave the game away with less than a minute remaining in the 4th quarter. Springfield relied on the defense to come up big and used two Deontae Blackmon sacks of Scorpions quarterback Gary Fiegel to keep Florida off the scoreboard.

It all started with 3:47 left in the game and the score tied at 13-13. A failed Scorpion onside kick was recovered by the WolfPack on the Florida 15 yard line. Three plays later, a 3-yard run by Alvin Johnson brought the Mediacom Ice Park fans to their feet with 1:06 remaining and a 6 point lead. (The extra point was blocked.)

On the ensuing kick off, Florida's Frank Irby broke through the WolfPack secondary and returned the ball 44 yards to the WolfPack 6 yard line. Only a game saving tackle by WolfPack kicker Fred Whistle prevented Irby from completing the task.

"I didn't want him to score," said Whistle. "I did everything I could to catch him."

With no timeouts left, the Scorpions went into a hurry-up offense. On the first play, it was Blackmon who dropped Fiegel for a 1 yard loss with 44 seconds remaining. A second Blackmon sack sent Fiegel to the 13 yard line with 37 seconds left. After a pick up of 7 yards by Florida's Alton Walker, time would run out on the Scorpions.

"Everyone worked really hard," said Helms. "The defense was really strong tonight."

The defense also helped with two interceptions by Jonathan Frazier killing a Scorpion drive with 10 minutes left in the 3rd period, and another with 5:38 remaining.

Springfield opened the scoring at the 8:07 mark of the 1st period on quarterback Chris Glenn's keeper from 1 yard out. The extra point was no good. Florida returned the favor with 2:16 left in the 1st on Irby's 18 yard run. The extra point was blocked and both teams settled in tied 6-6.

The second quarter was scoreless, but Florida used 4 timeouts with on a drive 56.1 seconds left in the half and did not score from 13 yards out. It would come back to haunt the Scorpions.

Both teams rallied in the 3rd quarter but again could not put the ball in the endone. The WolfPack held the Scorpions on downs with 10 minutes remaining, and with 7 minutes left it was Florida who did the same to Springfield.

Glenn hit Brett Lovekamp with a 44 yard strike for a touchdown (extra point good) and the WolfPack regained the lead 13-6 with 9:05 left in the game. But the Scorpions stung back on Fiegels' 34 yard strike to Derick Schaffer with 3:47 left on the clock.

 

BOX SCORE

  Springfield
6
0
0
13
-
19
  Florida
6
0
0
7
-
13