NATIONALLY RANKED SOCAL COYOTES HUNGRY FOR SAN DIEGO STALLIONS REMATCH, RAM SPORTS NETWORK ON OCTOBER 3 AT SHADOW HILLS
(PALM SPRINGS) – What will the rest of the country discover when the fledgling RAM Sports Network sheds the light of national television – 22 over-the-air stations in major metropolitan U.S. markets, 12 million homes on Roku TV - on the three-time champion SoCal Coyotes’ much-awaited October 3 rematch with the (6-1) San Diego Stallions October 3 at Shadow Hills (7:05 p.m. kickoff)?
The nationally-ranked Coyotes (6-1) – America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program – currently are ranked as high as #3 in some amateur polls. They lead the country’s best amateur league in passing, rushing, sacks, defensed passes, kickoff returns, field goals, punting, and total offense. They do not, however, lead the league in beating the San Diego Stallions (6-1), who upset them in Week One, 17-16, in a game that ended the season for franchise quarterback Michael Karls with an ankle injury -- as well as six more Coyotes.
After that game, the Coyotes fall amateur roster teetered between scarce and unplayable, and team doctors almost stopped the fight on the 2015 fall season. But the Coyotes reloaded with veterans and free agents after a remarkable two-week call-to-action, and the results are nothing short of shocking.
For starters, to replace Karls, the stunning arrival and emergence of quarterback Zach Adkins poured gasoline on a smoldering fire. Adkins made the NFL Super Regionals in the spring, after setting 20 records at Northwestern (La.) State, and has worked out for five Canadian Football League teams. Plugging a talent of Adkins magnitude into the Coyotes lethal Run ‘n’ Shoot ‘Silver Stretch’ offense has produced staggering numbers.
-Adkins has completed 64-percent of his passes for 2,094 yards and 31 touchdowns passing, with only 1 interception. With five regular-season games to play, he continues his assault on the Coyotes’ single-season record books. His 31 touchdowns passing barely trail Michael Karls (36) and Nate Lewis (35). With 2,094 yards on the season, Adkins will need to average 274 yards a game the rest of the way to shatter Nate Lewis’s club mark of 3,465, set in 2012. As a Coyote, Adkins has never thrown for less than 300 yards.
-Running back Warren Matthews Jr., 2014 Indoor Football League rookie of the year out of Southwest Minnesota State, has 467 yards on 42 carries, for a ridiculous 11-yard-per-carry average. He needs just 151 yards to break the Coyotes single-season record of 617, set in 2012.
-Receiver James Calhoun Jr. has a league-best 917 yards on 37 catches, with 14 touchdowns. Five Coyotes are in the league’s Top 11 receivers– (2) Stevie Will Jr., (6) Rashad Roberts, (8) Warren Matthews Jr. (10) William “Billy” Eichman, and (11) DeMario ‘The President’ Brown.
-All-time sack leader and Arizona State NFL prospect Jake Sheffield entered the season with 16 career sacks, and is having his best season – a team- and league-leading 11 sacks. He is being chased by teammate David Williams (Delta State), whose 9.5 sacks are good for second in the league. Linebackers Ryan Pervine and Jerimiah Spicer both have five tackles for loss.
-SS LeRon Wilson is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 3. FS Anthony Spencer has a pair of picks. West Alabama cornerback Ridge Turner leads the league in defensed passes with 8, followed by UTEP’s Nick Gathrite on the other corner with four.
-Kicker Dan Kelly is good from anywhere inside of 50, and his long this year is 45 yards.