San Diego Strike Force falls again to Arizona Rattlers by 84-63

In week 13 of the Indoor Football League, San Diego Strike Force lost 84-63 to the Arizona Rattlers. This marks the third consecutive Strike Force loss to Arizona this season.

San Diego entered Sunday’s matchup as the IFL’s third ranked passing offense accumulating 165 yards per game, while Arizona began the night as the league’s best pass defense allowing only 135 yards per game. The Strike Force now sits at 1-10 with three games left in their inaugural season. San Diego has lost to Arizona by a combined 92 points in their first three matchups.

On Sunday, the Strike Force scored the most points in franchise history with 63 total points. Quarterback Jihad Vercher threw six touchdowns and two interceptions for the Strike Force, continuing a string of strong offensive performances.

Last week the Strike Force lost 65-48 to the Tucson Sugar Skulls, but the Strike Force quarterback completed 11-17 throws for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

“I might’ve been sacked once maybe twice [tonight], but when you get sacked once or twice in a game you can’t expect not to put up points. I give all the credit to the offensive line, the receivers went and made plays today…to say I led the way I was a small part of it.”

Jihad Vercher

It was a tale of two halves, as the Strike Force played the Rattlers closely until the third quarter. The first half saw 77 points and six lead changes between the two teams. The Rattlers closed the first half up 42-35, they also were 100% on third down.

In the first half of tonight’s game San Diego’s defense was led by defensive back Omar Cook, who had four solo tackles at halftime. For the Rattlers, quarterback Drew Powell threw three touchdowns on just seven attempts.

As the game went on, the Rattlers became stronger on both sides of the ball, they finished the game 100% on third down and out-rushed the Strike Force by 78 yards.

Powell scored for four rushing touchdowns in the second half. He finished with five rushing touchdowns, 104 rushing yards, and four passing touchdowns.

A Strike Forcer player during a rush against the Rattlers. Photo: @sdstrikeforce

Strike Force running back Dominique Carson scored two touchdowns on only five catches and rushed for one touchdown on four attempts . He has set a goal for himself and the team.

“I would like to get to 25 touchdowns, I have only been playing here for two weeks, but at the same time I am just trying to win with the team so we can show San Diego what we’re about.”

Dominique Carson

Carson would have to score 21 touchdown in the final three weeks. In the team’s final three games the coaching staff and offensive coordinator Taylor Genuser want to see effort and commitment.

“We have to help our defense and put them in better situations and give them a chance to play defense with the lead instead of playing from behind. I want guys to compete. I want to see guys that want to move up to the next level, that want to play hard, that want to get in the endzone, and most importantly want to be good teammates.”

Taylor Genuser
Written by: Daniel Farr

Sunflower Seeds: A Road Trip to Remember

A road trip to remember: travelling from desert to desert, we traversed a great Spring Break!

This past Spring Break two friends and I ditched the traditional college affair (going to Cabo and getting drunk for a week) and decided to get in touch with Mother Nature. We rented one of those colorful hippie vans and had absolutely no plans for the week but it was a freaking blast. 

On the first day of our escapade we had to take the train to Los Angeles to pick up Gidget(our super cool surfer van). After we picked her up, we got some yummy vegan food for lunch and headed to the grocery store. By the time we were done it was about 7pm and we were headed for the desert! We had planned to go to Arizona for the first night, but we were just too exhausted to make the trip that late, so we camped out in a random parking lot in the middle of Joshua Tree, CA. It wasn’t necessarily what we had hoped for, but it worked out in our favor. 

Road Trip!
Road Trip to the Sonoran Desert

When we woke up the second day we couldn’t wait to go to the Sonoran Desert!

(Our Uber driver from when we went from the train station to get our van had told us that we should go to the Sonoran in Arizona). After a few hours we had arrived to what we thought was the Sonoran, but it was really just a dirt road in the middle of nowhere Arizona. We concluded that the Sonoran isn’t a destination, but a massive desert that has an area of 100,000 square miles. The other two girls were from Maryland, so this wasn’t common knowledge for any of us. Note to self – do some research before driving to another state. After feeling like fools, we found a real camp site that we stayed at for the next three nights. We really enjoyed our time in Arizona and we did some pretty spectacular hikes that we had no idea even existed, for sometimes being lost somewhere unfamiliar can bring you great treasures.

We went back to Joshua Tree for the the last two nights of the trip.

The first night we couldn’t find a camping spot, so we asked this man if we could share one with him and he thankfully let us. He was a really cool guy that made us a bonfire and everything, and it turns out he is a film writer who has worked on some movies like The Terminator. It was nice to be out and about in nature with genuine kind-hearted people. For the duration of our time there we did a few more cool hikes and saw some massive rocks. Needless to say, our Spring Break was filled with great 6-hour work outs. 

My favorite part of the trip was being able to enjoy the wonders of the world with two of the most awesome girls I know. We spent our nights under the stars listening to Fleetwood Mac with lots of wine and even more laughs. We had no plan at all, and I think that’s the best plan to have. I know it might have made my mother a tad bit worried since I didn’t even know where I was, but we were safe and it couldn’t have been better!

I didn’t have the best cellphone service for the duration of the trip, so not too much time was spent on my phone. However, it was a bit stressful at times when we were lost, but we all figured things out one day at a time. It was rewarding to push myself out of my comfort zone for a bit since I plan out almost everything. I learned a lot about myself during this week and I believe everyone should experience something like this at some point in their lives.

This trip will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first road trip I have ever done and every moment of it felt like magic. In the desert you really can remember your name cause there really ain’t no one for to give you no pain.

Written by: Nina Capuani

SDSU Lacrosse Falls 13-9 to Arizona

Aztec men’s lacrosse

The San Diego State men’s lacrosse team went up against one of their rivals on Saturday, losing 13-9 against the University of Arizona.

The Aztecs men’s lacrosse team welcomed Arizona’s Wildcats over at the Mesa in what was a very anticipated game. Arizona came into the game with a 2-2 record and the Aztecs came in to the day at 3-2.

SDSU came out firing quickly taking a 4-0 lead just 4 minutes into the first quarter. Junior Pat Greene scored three of the goals and assisted on the fourth. Arizona was able to adjust to the Aztec offense and eventually go on a 4 goal run of their own ending the first quarter at a 4-4 tie.

Arizona took a 7-4 lead into the second half.

The offense continued to look flat starting the second half as bad turnovers and missed shots began to pile up for the Aztecs. They were finally able to break through towards the end of the third quarter but Arizona answered with two quick goals making it 9-5 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Aztecs offense finally started to click after Arizona was given a 3 minute non releasable penalty early in the fourth. SDSU scored 3 goals on the man up advantage cutting the deficit to just one. A few minutes later Junior Ben Borglin ripped a shot beating the Arizona evening the score at 9.

After they tied the game the Aztecs started to play undisciplined, leading to bad penalties and Arizona was able to capitalize scoring 4 unanswered goals of their own. Arizona would hold on to this lead and ultimately beat the Aztecs by a final of 13-9. After the game Junior captain Pat Greene had this to say about the loss.

“It was a tough loss, we had a chance to come back and win but we just lost our composure a little at the end,” Greene said. “We have to make sure not to let our emotions get the better of us in these close games.”

The Aztecs are now 3-3 on the season and will be on the road for two critical conference games this weekend. The Aztecs will take on Claremont on Saturday and Concordia Irvine on Sunday. Concordia Irvine is led by former Aztec Coach Jesse Foss and are currently ranked 5th in the MCLA with a 5-0 record.

Written by: Anthony Romano