CIFL Predators Improve to 2-1 in Win Over Silverbacks
by Randy Snow
Originally posted on OurSportsCentral.com, Sunday, March 20, 2011
An announced crowd of 1,700 fans were on hand last night (March 19) to see the hometown Port Huron Predators defeat the visiting Dayton Silverbacks 61-34 and improve to 2-1 on the season.
With the score tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, Port Huron pulled ahead thanks to a safety, a touchdown on the ground, a touchdown through the air and an interception returned for a score. The Predators led 36-20 at halftime.
Dayton managed only two scores in the second half and saw its record drop to 1-1.
For Port Huron, wide receiver Devon Daniels had two touchdown receptions and wide receiver Robert Height had two rushing touchdowns. Linebacker Roger Sippio had an interception return for a touchdown and running back Levi Raines had a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. Newly acquired kicker Chris Tatti kicked four extra points and a 27-yard field goal. Defensive lineman Jeffery Dembowske also recovered a fumble and returned it for a score.
For Dayton, wide receiver Daniel Stover had two touchdown receptions and wide receiver Fred Cromartie had a rushing touchdown and a kickoff return for a score.
THE VIEW FROM MY SEAT
The last time I was in Port Huron for an indoor football game was 2007. It was to see the CIFL Port Huron Pirates, the defending league champions. As my three sons and I stood in line to buy tickets last night, we discovered that the man standing in front of us was none other than former Pirates head coach Carl Featherstone! He had come up from Mount Clemens to see the game.
As the players were introduced prior to the game I noticed was that both teams appeared to be wearing their home uniforms. The Predators wore gold jerseys and black pants while the Silverback wore green and back jerseys and back pants. It wasn't a bad thing because it was easy to tell who was on which team, it was just unusual to see.
As we sat in the stands enjoying the game, it was hard not to I notice that the playing field was one that had been used by the CIFL Muskegon Thunder a few years ago. The Thunder logo was very prominent in the middle of the field and a black circle containing the number 36 near the end zone was a tribute to former Muskegon player and part-owner Adam Pringle, who died in a snowmobile accident in January 2009 at the age of 31.
As the game progressed I became extremely disappointed with the lack of information coming from the arena's public address announcer. He seldom announced a first down, who the ball carrier was, who scored the touchdown, who made the tackle or what the down was. It was as if he did not know who any of the players were. Did the team not provide him with a game roster? I know we, as fans, did not get one when we entered. (We did find one on a table by the door as we left the arena after the game)
On one extra point play, Dayton only lined up six players instead of eight. The PAT was missed by Port Huron and no penalty was called.
The game itself was enjoyable, even though it was one-sided. However, after making the three hour drive from Kalamazoo to Port Huron, the game presentation left us feeling that our journey across the state was less than satisfying. It could have been much better!