Strange Ending In Game With Mid-Missouri

Courtesy KSPR

06/26/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - How can a team trail in a game - have the game end before it's supposed to - and still come out the victor? (Game audio segment below.)

That question can be answered in a game against the Mid-Missouri Outlaws. With the Springfield WolfPack trailing 35-15 at the 11:56 mark of the third quarter, pushing and shoving went too far for the Outlaws coaching staff who promptly pulled their players off the field after informing the referee.

It started before the half with some chippy play. Then begining the second half, Springfield's Joe Helms and Mid-Missouri's Reggie Singletary exchanged punches and pulled helmets off with just personal fouls called.

On the next WolfPack possession, quarterback Justin Strodtman was pushed into the side boards as he was going backward. Other Springfield players took exception to that and there was more pushing, shoving and yellow flags.

On the next play, Von Dixon caught a pass over the middle near the Outlaw 20 yard line and was run into the boards where more pushing ensued.

Three WolfPack players and one Outlaw were kicked out. A member of Mid Missouri's coach staff started yelling at the officials before they could get the next play off.

The explanation by Wolfpack team officials was that Mid-Missouri did not want to risk having any disqualified players going into the APFL playoffs and ended the game prematurely to avoid losing additional personnel.

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Can The Springfield WolfPack Spoil Sioux City's Streak?

05/27/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Playing without quarterback Chris Glenn, due to a knee injury suffered in the game against the Florida Scorpions, the Springfield WolfPack were hoping to take advantage of a Sioux City Bandits team lacking key players due to college graduation.

Five consecutive successful scoring drives for Sioux City erased a 21-19 WolfPack lead, secured a 7 game winning streak for the Bandits, and dropped Springfield to a 2-5 record after a 43-21 victory over the WolfPack in Mediacom Ice Park.

With the absence of Glenn, Brenton Roggow took the reigns while Justin Strodtman took one series of snaps.

Johnathan Alvarado added 2 touchdowns and Von Dixon hauled in a 5 yard TD pass, but the Bandits Damon Mothershead took control early in the 4th quarter to erase a 2 point deficit.

Foreshadowing the WolfPack's night was Otis Thomas' 30 yard run into the end zone called back on a holding penalty early in the game.

Sioux City scored first on Spetlar Tonga's 1 yard run with 6:30 left to play in the opening quarter.

Fredrick Bruno's 7 yard run from the right side and Nick Hope's extra point added 7 more points and a 13-0 lead for Sioux City with 12:58 showing on the second quarter clock.

After a 40 yard pass to Dixon, his 5 yard TD catch, tipped by two Bandits but into his hands, brought the WolfPack to within 6 points after a good extra point at the 7:20 mark.

Sioux City quarterback Scott Jensen's 3 yard bootleg with 30.9 seconds left in the first half opened the game up giving the Bandits a 19-7 advantage.

Roggow had other thoughts as a 6 yard pass to Alvarado added 7 more points for Springfield (Josh Pell's kick good) 21 seconds later.

Dixon intercepted Jensen with no time on the clock, but was tackled 12 yards from the end zone, ending the half for the WolfPack trailing by 5 points.

Alvarado picked up where he left off in the first half with a 23 yard TD reception, for the only lead the WolfPack would have in the game with 11:00 to go in the 3rd quarter.

Springfield was called for a safety after an attempted field goal in their end zone was blocked and recovered by Sioux City tying the score 21-21 with 2:38 remaining in the 3rd period.

It was all Sioux City after that.

Mothershead's 17 yard run and 2-point conversion increased the Bandits lead by 9 with :10 seconds to go in the 3rd quarter.

Sioux City grabbed 2 more points after Roggow was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Then Mothershead increased the Bandits lead to 37-21 on a 3 yard reception with 7:10 to go in the game.

Taylor Schumacher intercepted Roggow running the ball 12 yards into the end zone on the final scoring play of the game.

WolfPack Win First Game Of Season In Three Tries

04/23/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - What a difference a year makes. Last season both teams were undefeated and playing for bragging rights. This season both teams are struggling for a win.

Springfield continues to hold the rights this season after a 28-19 win over the Kansas Koyotes at Mediacom Ice Park.

"We have 17 new players this season. It's a rebuilding year with many players electing not to play on the team, but we still have a good core group," Koyotes Owner Ralph Adams said.

Johnathan Alvarado keeps racking up passing yards for Springfield including a 25 yard reception late in the 4th quarter to extend a 2-point WolfPack advantage.

Using over half the first quarter, Springfield took the lead on a 4-yard pass to Anton Cullom with 3:46 left to play.

The Koyotes took their only lead (7-6) in the game on Mike Steen's 15-yard run up the middle and a good extra point with 10:53 to go in the second quarter.

Jeff Colter intercepted Chris Glenn givng Kansas the ball on the 1-yard line. On the next play Steen was tackled in the endzone for a safety giving the WolfPack an 8-7 lead.

Chris Glenn gave the WolfPack a 15-7 lead on a 1-yard keeper with 6:57 remaining in the 3rd period. Then Kansas returned the favor on Zack Rampy's sneak up the middle, but after a failed 2-point attempt, the WolfPack lead 15-13 with 2:26 on the 3rd quarter clock.

After Alvarado's haul and an 8 point WolfPack lead with 6:40 to go in the game, the Koyotes used their tallest player to grab 6 points. Rampy's 2-yard pass to Kaito Miller made it a 21-19 with 2:52 to go in the game.

Springfield marched down field taking the ball into the endzone with 53.6 seconds on Larry White's 9-yard run.

Springfield Still Striving For First Win

04/16/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A late score just before halftime by the Mid-Missouri Outlaws was enough to break a tie game leaving the Springfield WolfPack again looking for ways to win after a 36-25 loss at Mediacom Ice Park.

Winless in three games now, the WolfPack had opportunities to score twice, but two turnovers changed a game that was relatively even until the second half.

After Springfield quarterback Chris Glenn was hit and fumbled the ball after hitting the side wall, Mid-Missouri took possession and scored on Marcus James' 4-yard run with 6:33 remaining in the first period.

The 2-point conversion attempt failed. Both teams were unable to score on 9 of 10 extra point tries.

Johnathan Alvarado's 2-yard run, banking his body off two Outlaw defenders, tied the game 6-6 just 58 seconds into the 2nd quarter.

On the next possession, Mid-Missouri's Darrell Madry hauled in a 22-yard pass from Kyle Middleton to give the Outlaws a 12-6 advantage with 11:27 on the clock.

Less than 4 minutes later Larry White found the end zone from 4-yards out and Springfield tied the game 12-12.

Middleton gave Mid-Missouri another 6 point lead at the 3:15 mark with a 1-yard keeper, but the WolfPack tied the game once again on a Glenn's 2-yard pass to Brenton Roggow with 19 seconds to go in the half.

Hanuting the WolfPack has been giving up points late in a quarter.

The Outlaws traveled the length of the field in 15 seconds capped by a 28-yard pass to Madry for a 24-18 score.

Middleton's 7-yard run extended the Outlaw's lead 30-18 with 1:24 left to play in the 3rd quarter.

Glenn gave the WolfPack some life capping a 4 play, 19-yard drive with a 1-yard run 17 seconds into the 4th quarter.

After Springfield turned the ball over on downs, Aaron Luebbe hauled in Middleton's 4-yard strike with 8:50 left in the game to round out the scoring.



Mid-Missouri — 1st - James 4 yd run (pass failed)

Springfield — 2nd - Alvarado 2 yd run (kick failed)

Mid-Missouri— 2nd - Madry 22 yd pass from Middleton (run failed)

Springfield — 2nd - White 4 yd run (kick failed)

Mid-Missouri— 2nd - Middleton 1 yard run (run failed)

Springfield — 2nd - Roggow 2 yd pass from Glenn (kick failed)

Mid-Missouri— 2nd - Madry 28 yd pass from Middleton (pass failed)

Mid-Missouri— 3rd - Middleton 7 yd run (pass failed)

Springfield — 4th - Glenn 1 yd run (Pell kick)

Mid-Missouri — 4th - Luebbe 4 yd pass from Glenn (pass failed)




WolfPack Have Scoring Problems In Loss

04/09/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Chris Glenn was intercepted twice and Springfield failed to score on two 4th down plays during a 23-14 loss to the Iowa Blackhawks at Mediacom Ice Park.

Anton Cullom scored 12 of the WolfPack's 14 points.

After a 19 yard field goal by Jerry Lakin for a 3-0 Blackhawk lead in the first quarter, the WolfPack returned the favor with a 19 yard pass reception by Cullom (2-point conversion to Josh Pell) for an 8-3 lead.

The Blackhawks led 9-8 after a low-scoring first half and Springfield kept Iowa on defense for nearly 10 minutes ending with the ball turned over on downs and the WolfPack yards from scoring.

Blackhawks quarterback Chuck Wright said the team had a game plan against the Pack.

“We knew we're going to have to play better defense than last game,” Wright said. “When you pack [ Mediacom Ice Park] it’s going to be tough. Springfield played a tough game tonight and luckily we made the right plays to win.”

Steve Rush’s 22 yard TD pass reception gave the Blackhawks a 16-8 lead, but Cullom returned a kickoff 45 yards for 6 points and Springfield crawled to within a couple of points with 8:54 left to play in the 3rd period.

Wright threw three touchdown passes and was helped defensively by Chris Moore’s two interceptions.

Wright’s 38 yard TD pass to Andrew Seymour with 5:40 left in the 3rd period put things out of reach.

“We’re pretty high-powered team and we like to score a lot,” said Wright. “ Springfield did a great job countering that.”



Iowa — 1st - Lakin 19 yard field goal - 0-3

Springfield — 2nd - Cullom 22 yd pass from Glenn (Glenn pass) - 8-3

Iowa — 2nd - Kirvin 25 yd pass from Wright (kick failed) - 8-9

Iowa— 3rd - Rush 22 yd pass from Wright (Lakin kick) - 8-16

Springfield — 3rd - Cullom 45 yd kick return (pass failed) 14-16

Iowa— 3rd - Seymour 38 yd pass from Wright (Wright pass) 14-23





Springfield WolfPack Start Season With Squeaker

03/26/11 - SEDALIA, MO - The first question the Springfield WolfPack should be able to answer is how good will they will be after getting more playing time on artificial turf despite a 28-25 loss to the Mid-Missouri Outlaws at the Matthews Arena.

Springfield had been practicing outdoors because the turf, which had been scheduled to be installed this week, has not been put in place yet at Mediacom Ice Park the home of the WolfPack.

Trailing 21-6 at halftime, Springfield scored 19 unanswered points to take the lead 25-21 with 10:01 left in the game. But unadvised penalties and an interception disrupted a WolfPack comeback.

“We could play better,” said WolfPack defensive back Stanley Harris. “We took some bad penalties, which didn’t help us.”

After a face-masking penalty put the ball on the WolfPack 2-yard line, a 2-yard run by the Outlaws Marcus James gave Mid-Missouri the lead 7-0 (kick good) just 4 minutes into the game.

Springfield quarterback Chris Glenn recovered a missed snap, but was sacked on the next play turning the ball over to Mid-Missouri on downs. Later, an Outlaw 44-yard field goal was no good with 1:20 to play in the opening quarter.

The second quarter started with another fumbled snap by Glenn that was recovered by the Outlaws Marc Tiernan on the WolfPack 20-yard line. Two plays later, a 5-yard run by Jacob Cahill (kick good after a WolfPack penalty and a replayed down) gave Mid-Missouri a 14-point lead with 11:25 on the clock.

Glenn ended a 6-play, 45 yard run with a 3-yard touchdown run (kick blocked) and the WolfPack looked to be on the move trailing 14-6 with 5:25 to go in the half.

Mid-Missouri returned the favor on Outlaw quarterback Kyle Middleton’s 24-yard pass to Shawn Johnson in the left corner of the end zone (kick good) for a 21-6 half time advantage with 1:25 on the clock.

But the WolfPack had a different tone in the second half.

Anton Cullom took the opening kick 29 yards to the Outlaw 15-yard line, and 2 plays later Glenn scored on a 6-yard bootleg (2-point conversion no good) to close the gap at 21-12.

Glenn scrambled with 4:08 left in the 3 rd period gaining 4-yards and a first down to the Mid-Missouri 3-yard line.

Two plays later, Larry White took the ball into the end zone from 5-yards out (kick good) to crawl to within 2 points.

Jamison Boyd blocked an Outlaws field goal attempt with: 17 seconds remaining in the 3rd period.

Then Glenn and company took the lead 25-21 - on a 2-yard run - moving a stack of players with him as he was pushed into the end zone (kick no good) with 9:52 left in the 4th.

Middleton brought the Outlaws to the WolfPack 17-yard line before Boyd picked off his pass and returned it to the 25-yard line.

A personal foul on the play backed the WolfPack up to their 15-yard line.

Two plays later Glenn threw an interception to Mid-Missouri’s Maika Kuka at the Outlaw 12 yard line with 5:25 left to play in the game.

The Outlaws used the clock and a 10-yard penalty (on a would-be incomplete pass) to gain the ball on WolfPack 19 yard line.

Four plays later, James’ 5-yard run up the middle (kick good) put Mid-Missouri back on top.

Springfield used the last minute to gain 40 yards, but came short turning the ball over on downs trying to reach the end zone.

“We will get better as time goes on,” explained Harris. “The more we practice as a team and play as a team, the stronger and better we will be as a team.”