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Marion CMO Sawyer Lands Job with NY Cosmos of the NASL
Marion CMO Sawyer Lands Job with NY Cosmos of the NASL

MARION, OH -- The Marion Blue Racers are proud to announce that Chief Marketing Officer Ryan Sawyer has been hired by the New York Cosmos as a senior account executive....

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Erie QB Smetanka to Workout with Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League

ERIE, PA -- Erie Explosion quarterback Aaron Smetanka will fly to Arizona next week to workout with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. Smetanka will have an opportunity to...

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Saginaw Sting provide Greg Wasmer chance to be a coach and parent
Saginaw Sting provide Greg Wasmer chance to be a coach and parent

SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Sting expect to win a championship every year, but the past two years have brought more disappointment with two straight playoff exits.  Saginaw feels Greg Wasmer is...

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CIFL Announces All-League Teams for 2014

The CIFL would like to congratulate the 2014 CIFL All-League Award Winners: CIFL All-League First Team OL Eric Brim Saginaw WR David Brown Chicago WR Daryl Gooden Saginaw DL Tim Green Erie DB Tommy Harris NKY K Julie Harshbarger Chicago RB DeShawn Hayes Saginaw LB David James NKY DL Stephen Johnson Erie DB Viterio Jones Dayton DL Desmond Kenner Saginaw WR Ricardo Lenhart NKY DL Thomas Mackenzie Marion QB AJ McKenna Saginaw OL Dave McQuiston Erie DL DeAndre Mosley Chicago OL Robert Price Marion LB Spenser Smith Saginaw RB Richard Stokes Erie OL Frank Straub NKY WR Mike Tatum Marion QB Juice Williams Chicago CIFL All-League Second Team LB Justin Barnes Saginaw DL Shonn Bell Chicago OL Anthony Bullock Chicago WR Eugene Cooper Dayton LB Jon D'Angelo Erie OL Josh Ellison Dayton LB Sam Fornelli Chicago OL William Haase Marion RB AJ Jimmerson Port Huron DB Donte Johnson Dayton QB Tommy Jones Dayton WR Bryceson Lawrence Marion DB Ahoma Maxwell NKY WR Kent McDonald Chicago DB LaTreze Mushatt Saginaw RB Bryant Picassio Chicago DL Luke Scarbough NKY WR Derrick Shearer Dayton QB Aaron Smetanka Erie DL James Spikes Marion DB Steve Witherspoon Marion K Dustin Zink NKY

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Explosion Capture Back to Back Titles, League Winners Announced

MARION,OH - The Erie Explosion defeated the Marion Blue Racers yesterday to capture their second consecutive league title with a 38-26 victory.  After the Explosion jumped out to an early...

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Erie and Marion Continue Storied Rivalry Into 2014 CIFL Championship

(article submitted by Erie Explosion) ERIE, PA -- The 2014 CIFL Championship game will mark the seventh meeting between the Erie Explosion and Marion Blue Racers since 2012. This intense rivalry...

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Blue Racers Advance to Title Game for Second Time in History
Blue Racers Advance to Title Game for Second Time in History

(article submitted by Marion Blue Racers) For the 2nd time in Blue Racer history, the team has advanced to the CIFL Championship Game!  In a hard fought battle, the Blue Racers...

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Explosion Defeat Sting to Return to CIFL Championship

(article submitted by Erie Explosion) SAGINAW, MI --The Erie Explosion defeated the Saginaw Sting 46-15 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw Michigan to advance to the 2014 CIFL Championship Game....

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CIFL Northern Division Playoff Overview and Outlook

(article submitted by Erie Explosion) ERIE, PA -- ­ The 2013 CIFL Champion Erie Explosion will travel to Saginaw, MI to face the Saginaw Sting in the first round of the 2014 CIFL Playoffs on Friday May 9th with kickoff scheduled at 7:30pm from the Dow Event Center. Erie (8­2) will face the Sting (9­1) in the CIFL Northern Division Championship game with the winner receiving a berth in the 2014 CIFL Championship game against the winner of the Marion Blue Racers and the Northern Kentucky Rivermonsters in the South Division. This will be the third meeting all­time between the Explosion and Sting, with Erie holding a (2­1) series lead. Erie won both contests against Saginaw last season including a thrilling 37­36 victory over the Sting in the 2013 CIFL Championship Game. Saginaw defeated Erie (45­27) on March 2nd at the Dow Event Center as the Sting erupted for 31 second half points to blow open a game that was tied 14­14 at the half. Erie finished the season with five consecutive victories, while the Sting dropped their final game of the regular season 34­28 to the Chicago Blitz. Saginaw was forced to play the game with rookie quarterback Sam Landry following the season ending injury to A.J. McKenna. The Erie Explosion finished the 2014 regular season with the leagues top ranked offense (55.62ppg) and defense (24.62) for the second consecutive season. Saginaw finished the 2014 campaign with the leagues second ranked offense (49.87ppg) and third ranked defense (30.00ppg). Since the 2011 season the Erie Explosion and the Saginaw Sting are two of the most successful franchises in all of professional indoor football. The Explosion have a 38­9 record (81%), and the Saginaw Sting have a 35­9 record (80%) since the 2011 season. The Explosion are one of only two teams to have defeated the Sting at the Dow Event Center since 2012. “We have been preparing for this game for the past several weeks, and we are excited to hit the road to Saginaw with an opportunity to take the first step towards the 2014 CIFL Championship. Saginaw is an extremely talented team with an excellent fan base and I expect a tremendous playoff atmosphere at the Dow Event Center on Friday. It is hard to find any weakness on their team; they have a tenacious defense, a high powered offense, and a great kicker. Saginaw dominated us in week three, and we have been working hard to improve as the season progressed.  We look forward to getting a shot at redemption on Friday night in Saginaw,” commented Erie Head Coach Shawn Liotta.

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