From the Steelhawks Media Dept.
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks head back to Reading this Friday to take on the division rival Express at 7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Center in downtown Reading. The matchup is the second of four between the two teams this season. The Steelhawks fell 33-26 in their first meeting, which was also the first game in team history.
The Express enter the game at 2-2 following an impressive 34-14 victory over the Arizona Adrenaline last week. Led by Quarterback Chris Malleo, the Express boast one of the league’s top rushing offenses at close to 100 yards per contest. The Rookie Quarterback is also a threat in the passing game, with his favorite early target being Wide Receiver Nate Romig. An Express victory would put them in the driver’s seat in the Atlantic Division.
The Steelhawks (1-2) enter the game fresh off a bye weekend. In their last game, which was also the teams home opener, the Steelhawks fell 48-45 at the hands of the Richmond Revolution in Overtime despite over 100 yards on the ground by Running back Isaiah Grier. Through the air, Quarterback AJ Roque is averaging four TD passes per contest, five of which have gone to Quintin Lopez and four to Irani DeArujo Jr. A Steelhawks victory would put them at .500 and give them a half game lead for first place in the Atlantic Division.
“Our bye weeks are over for the season, so we really need to put the pedal to the metal from here on out,” stated Steelhawks Head Coach Rich Britt. “We have had the opportunity to see this team once now, and can adjust our plan accordingly to bring back a victory and even our record. We hold our destiny in our own hands, and this divisional matchup is about as big as they come.”
Can’t wait for the next home game on April 9th! Let’s Bring the Noise to Stabler Arena!!