by Amanda

SAN DIEGO – MAY 4, 2019– The San Diego Strike Force (1-8) fell to the Tucson Sugar Skulls (4-5) by a final score of 54-34 Saturday night on the road.

Strike Force quarterback Jihad Vercher went 12-21 for 96 yards and one touchdown. Vercher also carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards.

San Diego running back George Moreira Jr. had 15 yards on four rushes and a touchdown. Strike Force wide receiver Marques Rodgers had three rushes for 10 yards and a touchdown.

Rodgers also caught four passes for 35 yards. Wide receiver Victor Dean Jr. caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Strike Force defensive back Tyler Thornton had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown in the game.

Sugar Skulls quarterback Jake Medlock went 14-20 for 90 yards and four touchdowns. Backup quarterback Matt Behrendt went 8-12 for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Behrendt also led Tucson’s rushing attack with 23 yards on five carries and a touchdown. Medlock had two rushing touchdowns on four carries. Running back Shad Thornton had 20 rushing yards on four carries.

Tucson wide receiver Rico Brown had three touchdowns on six catches for 42 yards. Shad Thornton had five catches for 36 yards in the game. Wide receivers Shaq Curenton and Malique Belfort each had a receiving touchdown in the game.

The Strike Force and Sugar Skulls will have a rematch next week on Thursday, May 9 at Pechanga Arena San Diego at 7:05 p.m. PT.