SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE TAKES DOWN BUCKS 50-36

by Tori Pizzuto

SAN DIEGO, California (March 8, 2020) – The Strike Force defeated the Bismarck Bucks XX-XX in their 2020 IFL Regular Season Week 1 opener in North Dakota on Sunday, March 8.

The Bucks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after converting on their opening drive via a three-yard rush by Eric Lauderdale and then a nine-yard rush by quarterback Tasleem Wilson following a failed field goal attempt by the Strike Force. San Diego responded before the end of the quarter after quarterback Michael Carrillo was able to scramble and connect on a shovel pass in the flat to running back Nathaniel Chavious who sprinted up the sideline untouched for a 31-yard score.

The lead swung in the second quarter in favor of the Strike Force after a one-yard touchdown run by Chavious and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Carrillo to Marques Rodgers. The San Diego defense held the Bucks to only field-goal attempts before the half (both missed) before closing out the quarter with the 21-17 lead.

Last year’s IFL Special Teams Player of the Year Marques Rodgers made his touchdown debut for the 2020 season with a second-half kick return for a 45-yard touchdown to retake a 28-24 lead.

After a defensive stop in the end zone via an interception by rookie defensive back Daquawn Brown, San Diego failed to capitalize and fumbled the snap in the end zone resulting in a Bismarck safety. The Bucks added a 40-yard field goal by Cody Barber on their ensuing possession to give Bismarck a one-point advantage at 28-29.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Strike Force went back on top 35-29 after Carrillo found receiver Donta Armstrong on a play-action toss turned 22-yard touchdown pass but Bismarck responded with the longest scoring play in team history as Zuril Hendrick returned a missed field goal by the Strike Force for 50-yards and a score. San Diego went on to score twice to close out the game, first off a 45-yard kick return by Isaiah Bernard and then a six-yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Chavious for the 50-36 victory.

Next Saturday, March 14th the Strike Force will host the Cedar Rapids River Kings at Pechanga Arena San Diego with a 6:05 p.m. PT kickoff. Tailgate activities will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Season and Group Tickets are still on sale for Strike Force home games starting as low as $12 per ticket. Parking is free on game days. For tickets, call or text the Strike Force at 619-340-1300 or visit www.sdstrikeforce.com for more information.


BOX SCORE WEEK 1 – SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE AT BISMARCK BUCKS

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

FINAL

SD

7

14

7

22

50

BIS

14

3

12

7

36


STAT LEADERS

Passing: M. Carrillo (SD) 9-17, 132 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT… T. Wilson (BIS) 5-22, 36 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT…

Rushing: N. Chavious (SD) 10 rush, 39 yards, 2 TD… S. Thorton (BIS) 8 rush, 40 yards…

Receiving: M. Rodgers (SD) 3 rec, 52 yards, 1 TD… S. Thorton (BIS) 1 rec, 12 yards, 1 TD…

Defense: D. Brown (SD) 10 total tackles, 4 PBUs, 1 TFL, 1 INT… M. Green (BIS) 6 solo tackles…

Kicking: B. Crawford (SD) 0-2 FG, 6-6 XP… C. Barber (BIS) 2-5 FG, 4-4 XP…

Special Teams: M. Rodgers (SD) 3 return, 66 yards, 1 TD… I. Bernard (SD) 1 return, 45 yards, 1 TD… R. Feis (BIS) 3 return, 59 yards…