GAME DAY: SteelHawks Home Opener versus Blue Racers 4/12/2015


Welcome to Embassy Bank Field inside the PPL Center in Allentown, PA as the Lehigh Valley SteelHawks are set to square off against the Marion Blue Racers.

steelhawks field


The band Double Tap will be playing live in the courtyard at 7th and Hamilton starting at 1PM.  Gates open at 3:00PM for the 4:00 kickoff.  The first 1,000 in attendance will receive a “5th Season” T-Shirt courtesy of KALCO Resources.

A conference championship banner will we raised prior to the game, pre-game and halftime will feature the first indoor fireworks display in the history of the PPL Center!  Halftime will also feature the Mini Metals, and Bucket Drummers.


Hockey and arena fans are familiar with the traffic and parking in the downtown.  If you’re new to the arena, please read this.  Parking will be $6.00.  Set your GPS for your lot, rather than the arena itself.


Good seats are still available at or at the Mealey Furniture Box Office at 7th/Hamilton entrance, (on the right).  When purchasing tickets at the web site you’ll have the opportunity to purchase arena-garage parking if you desire.  However, you’ll pay fees on both.  The arena garage is pre-paid parking pass only.  You will save some of the fees by purchasing your ticket at the box office window.  Tickets start at just $10.00.

Steelhawks ball

The Matchup

The Marion Blue Racers (2-1) of the X-League visit as part of their “PIFL Challenge” as a replacement for the now-defunct Harrisburg Stampede.  The X-League uses some of the rules from the old XFL, but plays basically the same arena-rules football as our PIFL and the AFL of the Philly Soul.  X-League rules are here. And, PIFL rules are here.

The Lehigh Valley SteelHawks come in to the game at 1-1 having lost a rematch of last years championship game 28-55 in Nashville versus the Venom.  The SteelHawks opened in Erie against the Explosion–a former rival of today’s opponent.  They beat the Explosion 50-43.

The ‘Racers QBs have differing styles, with 5 Obie as the pocket-passer, and 8 Boykin as more of a running/scrambling style.  The ‘Racers could incorporate both into today’s game.

The SteelHawks often struggle with protecting the QB.  If McSweeny can get some time, though, look for the SteelHawks to put up a lot of points as well as force turnovers on defense.

Blue Racers Roster


5 Les Obie – 5’11″ 190 lbs  – UNLV
8 Jordan Boykin – 6’3″ 230 lbs  – University of Dayton


6 Maurice Douse – 6’0″ 230 lbs  – Ohio State University
9 Yolandus Pratt  – RB 5’8″ 200 lbs  – New Mexico State


3   Austin Larsh – 5’10″ 175 lbs  – IUPUI
14 Brandon Williams – 6’0″ 218 lbs  – Franklin College
1   Cleo Cooper – 6’1″  210 lbs –  Emory and Henry College
20 David King – 6’0″ 195 lbs
10 Lynell Suggs – 6’3″ 190 lbs –  Stony Brook University
88 Matt Christian – 6’0″ 190 –  USA Marines
18 Ryan Pahos – 6’3″ 195 –  Santa Barbara College
21 Bryceson Lawrence – 5’8″ 190 lbs –  Tiffin University
33 Marcus Fails – 5’9 228 lbs –  Central State University
80 Chris Cunningham – 6’5″ 250 lbs –  Culver Stockton College


50 Bobby Gay – 6’3″ 285 lbs –  Tiffin University
79 Lance Cooley – 6’2″ 320 lbs –  New Mexico State
75 Malik Hamm – 6’1″ 300 lbs –  Becker College
77 Ryan Smith – 6’3″ 340 lbs –  New Mexico State


44 James Izeh – 6’2″ 250 lbs –  Central State University
11 Thomas Mackenzie – 6’0″ 290 lbs –  River Side College


15 Dante Branton – 6’0″ 220 lbs –  Virginia State
24 Jordan Burdue – 6’0″ 190 lbs –  Bluffton University
52 Korrion Wade – 5’10″ 230 lbs –  University of Toledo


7  Brandon Davies – 5’10″ 195 lbs –  University of Toledo
2  Chad Woodfork – 6’0″ 195 lbs –  Otterben College
16 Oscar Dyer – 6’0″ 190 lbs –  Bluffton University
12 Shane Covington – 5’11″ 205 lbs –  Indiana University
4  Steve Witherspoon – 5’10″ 205 lbs –  Ohio Dominican Unveristy


17 Cameron Lee – 6’0″ 260 lbs –  Kentucky State University

SteelHawks Roster

(Web Version Click Here)

The SteelHawks feature returning QB Shane McSweeny who led the SteelHawks into the playoffs last season as the advanced all the way to the championship game before losing to the Nashville Venom.  QB Zach Zulli out of Shippensburg got into the game last weekend and added a spark to an offense that wasn’t clicking on that day.

Also watch out for WRs Brandon Renford and Mach Ogletree as McSweeny’s favorite downfield targets.  Jaleel Clark out of Missouri is a big target who could get involved as well.

In season’s past, the SteelHawks have been known for their hard-hitting defense.  Watch for DE Larry Ford out of West Virginia and DE/LB Amara Kamara out of Temple.  Both are among league-leaders in sacks.  DE Gerard Bryant is also a force to be reckoned with.

Look for full roster with uniform numbers in the program, which should be available for FREE at the entrances.

SteelHawks at Venom.  Photo courtesy SteelHawks

SteelHawks at Venom. Photo courtesy SteelHawks


Bird Food

A couple other notes:  Look for NoiseNation Dan on the concourse for your autographed memorabilia raffles.  The SteelHawks gear shop should be available as well for all your game-day outfitting needs.

Post-game, you can go on the field to meet the team and coaches for autographs and pictures–as well as the Precious Metals Dancers, who will be running the team 50/50 during the game.  The mascots–Talon and the little gold dude–will be about as well.

The official post-game party location for the SteelHawks is the Visions Bar at the Sands Events Center.  NoiseNation writers are expected to be at Chickie’s and Pete’s following the game to review the action.

Look for “Jimmy T” with the official Digital Cloud SteelHawks Flag on the field after every SteelHawks score!

Let’s Fly

Official game predictions by NoiseNation staff:

Dan: 47-28 SteelHawks

DiPro: 48-42 SteelHawks

JimmyT:  55-30 SteelHawks

Kram: 57-48 SteelHawks


See you at the arena (after IronPigs),



Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Steel Hawks

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