The Tucson Sugar Skulls look to rebound from a 45-34 road loss last Saturday against the Spokane Shock when they play the Bismark Bucks later today at the Tucson Convention Center.
The hard-fought loss marked the seventh of the season and leaves little margin for error for Tucson, who seeks to make the playoffs for the second time in its first two seasons in the IFL.
According to what head coach Dixie Wooten told Jay Gonzales and David Kelly on the “Eye on the Ball” podcast, the team hasn’t hit the panic button just yet.
“We lost a tough game in Spokane, we’ve lost a lot of tough games this year, period,” Wooten said. “But in the locker room, these guys are high spirit. What they did was, we went over the schedule, we went over the teams in seventh place and eighth place, and our situation – and were like two games behind. So if we win four of these last five games, we’re in the playoffs.”
The Sugar Skulls (2-7) play today at 6:05 p.m. against the Bismark Bucks (6-5) at the Tucson Convention Center.
Running back Mike Jones scored all five of Tucson’s touchdowns last Saturday against the Shock, so look for him to be heavily featured in the Sugar Skulls’ offensive attack today.
Tucson Linebacker Jajuan Harley returned to the field last week in Spokane for the first time since being injured earlier in the season to record 3.5 tackles and a sack against the Shock. The Sugar Skulls defense will look to utilize him to stop a Bucks team that is third in the IFL in offensive efficiency.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.