Tucson Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls come off bye week looking to bounce back with a win against Bay Area Panthers

Tucson enters the game tomorrow with its offense ranked second in the IFL in points scored in 2022, and its defense ranked second-worst in the league in points allowed. ( Tucson Sugar Skulls)

Tucson returns to action after the bye week when it faces the Bay Area Panthers tomorrow at Tucson Arena.

The Sugar Skulls are coming off a tough home loss to Northern Arizona on May 28, in which they held an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter before losing to the Wranglers 34-32.

Despite the loss, Tucson had its best defensive performance of the season, with its two interceptions by defensive backs Mike Minter and  Robert Rolle matching its season total coming into the game.

“At the end of the day, we know that after this bye week, it will be time to make a run,” Rolle said after the loss on May 28. “So, everybody that’s in here is trying to make sure they secure their position and make sure we knuckle-up. The DB group and the whole defense, especially, we’re trying to make sure come together and start playing championship football right now.”

After opening the season 1-0, the Panthers come into tomorrow’s game on a 10-game losing streak. 

The game may be a shootout when the worst and second-worst defenses in the IFL square off tomorrow evening. The Panthers are last in the league in points allowed per game, with Tucson following close behind in second to last place.

The Sugar Skulls (5-5) play tomorrow against the Bay Area Panthers (1-10) at Tucson Arena. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m. The game is advertised as a red out, so Tucson fans are encouraged to wear red.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. Murphy is a journalist product manager with the Green Valley News & the Sahuarita Sun. He is currently attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.

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