The promotional mind of Mike Feder, the general manager who sparked interest locally in the Tucson Toros in the 1990’s, is at work with the Tucson Sugar Skulls.
Feder, who does many things for the Sugar Skulls, including general manager, set up tonight’s game against the San Diego Strike Force as Teacher Appreciation Night at the Tucson Arena downtown. Teachers showing their school identification cards will have significant discounts on their tickets.
The game starts at 6 p.m. The doors open at 5 and pregame tailgate party outside beginning at 4.
The opportunity to shock the Indoor Football presented itself to the Tucson Sugar Skulls last week at the Tucson Arena, but in the end, an upset of the defending league champion Iowa Barnstormers fell short in a 61-58 loss before a crowd of 2,775.
The Sugar Skulls (3-5) scored first and led for the first 58 minutes and 52 seconds until a blocked field for a touchdown put the Barnstormers on top, 54-51. A touchdown pass on the first play of the Sugar Skulls next possession – 28 yards from Jake Medlock to Shaq Curenton – swapped the lead but left Iowa enough time to score, which it did with 7 seconds to play.
The Sugar Skulls, who look to end a four-game losing streak tonight, led most of the way with a balanced offensive attack finishing the game with over 100 yards through the air and on ground.
Medlock was an efficient 15-of-19 passing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns. Running back Mike Jones topped 100 yards rushing for the first time this season, getting 109 yards on 21 carries. He scored three touchdowns, giving him 16 on the season.
In their losing streak, the Sugar Skulls have now lost games by 14, 6 and 3. Two of those games had a blocked field goal for a touchdown.
“We’re still quite not there. We still haven’t matured enough to understand you can’t make those mistakes, especially against good teams,” Tucson coach Marcus Coleman said. “We need to figure out how to fix those mistakes and how to clean those things up.”
The Sugar Skulls remain firmly in the playoff hunt, a half-game behind Quad City for the sixth playoff spot. The Skulls have already defeated the San Diego Strike Force twice this season.
The Tucson Sugar Skulls media relations department contributed to this report.