Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Kalamazoo comes up short in CIFL Semis

The Hillsdale trio of Keith Recker, Dan Musielewicz, and Bill Skelton did all they could to extend their Continental Indoor Football League season last night in Flint.

Port Huron had won 25 games and cruised into the final four matchup with a 50 point win over Marion. The Xplosion limited the Pirates to just 37 points, but could only muster 29 of their own in what proved to be the season finale for the first-year franchise.

From Our Sports Central:

For the Xplosion, quarterback Bill Skelton completed eight of 20 passes for 124 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 11 times for 43 yards. His counterpart, Pirates quarterback Shane Franzer, completed five of 12 passes for 62 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Wide receiver Brian Dolph had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. He also recovered a fumble. Robert Height led the Pirates in receiving with three catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown.

"Obviously, it's disappointing," (Former SVSU WR Brian) Dolph said. "It's a tough way to finish the season, especially coming so close. We thought we had a good chance of pulling it off. We knew that (in order to win) we had to keep it close and keep their offense off the field. They were the ones with the 25-0 record and we're coming in here with nothing to lose. I definitely think the pressure was squarely on their shoulders."

Xplosion kicker Brad Selent connected on two field goals of 31 and 23 yards respectively in the loss. DB David Gator and Eric Gardner each had an interception for Kalamazoo.

"It's been a great season," Kubiak said. "I can't say enough about our coaching staff and our players, especially for a first year organization. We fell a little short out here, but we're pretty proud of what we've done (this season)."

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