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									August 23, 2010

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 28,
STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL-
AMERICA’S #1 RANKED TEAM,
THE NASHVILLE STORM (8-0)
TAKE ON THE ST. LOUIS
BULLDOGS (10-1)




WHILE THIS IS A PHOTO OF LAST YEAR’S ST LOUIS BULLDOG
TEAM, THIS YEAR’S BULLDOGS HAVE COMPILED A 10-1
RECORD AND NATIONAL TOP 30 RANKING.

THE PLACE- Buster Boguskie Stadium at Stratford High School (1800 Stratford
Avenue, Nashville, TN 37216).

THE TIME- Saturday night, August 28, 2010. Admission gate opens at 6 PM;
Kickoff at 7 PM.
THE TEAMS- The Nashville Storm (8-0- http://www.nashvillestormonline.com/
), ranked by American Football News today as the #1 Minor League football team
in America, take on the St Louis Bulldogs (10-1-
http://www.saintlouisbulldogs.com/ ), a member of the World Football League
from St. Louis, Missouri..
SIMPLY PUT, THERE ARE VERY FEW MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL
TEAMS IN AMERICA THAT HAVE BEEN AS GOOD FOR AS LONG AS
THE ST LOUIS BULLDOGS. The Bulldogs, coached and owned throughout their
history by Greg Moore, have been the winners of 191 games (against 64 losses) in
a team history dating back to 1993. The Bulldogs joined the World Football
League in 2010 after spending the previous decade in the NAFL and have posted a
10-1 record in 2010, earning a Top30 ranking in the national polling services.
The Nashville Storm and St Louis Bulldogs .have played 3 times in the past, with
the Storm winning all 3 games, but the most recent of these games was in 2005.
The Bulldogs, with a superb squad, will be highly motivated to enter the victory
column for the first time against the Nashville Storm.
And the Bulldogs won’t be the only out-of-town visitors to Nashville for this
game; both NAFL CEO Chris White and NAFL National Commissioner Robin
Williams have announced that they will be in Nashville, TN Saturday night to see
the Storm-Bulldog game.

THE ENTERTAINMENT- The lovely ladies of the Nashville Storm Dance
team will perform and lead the cheers, while musical entertainment will be
provided by DJ Lil Les and the good folks from Nashville Storm sponsor radio
station 102.5 The Party.

PROMOTIONS- THE BELLS ARE BACK! By popular demand, the first 100
fans thru the admission gate will receive PURPLE COWBELLS to make noise
and create havoc during the ballgame. In addition, Nashville Storm Sponsor James
Moore of GEICO Insurance will be providing free water bottles for the first Storm
fans to arrive at the game (until they run out).

THE COST- Adult admission is $8.00; kids aged 0-14 GET IN FREE. There is
abundant parking available on the Stratford High School premises, also FREE OF
CHARGE.

THE NASHVILLE STORM FOOTBALL CONCESSION STAND MENU-
THERE IS NO NEED TO GO GET DINNER BEFORE THE GAME. Christie
Claybrooks is waiting for you in the Nashville Storm Concession stand with the
best charcoal-grilled food at the lowest prices in Tennessee sports. Here is the
menu (with prices):
½ POUND CHARCOAL GRILLED ANGUS CHEESEBURGER ($3.25)
½ POUND CHARCOAL GRILLED ANGUS HAMBURGER ($3.00)
CHARCOAL-GRILLED ALL-BEEF HOT DOG ($2.00)
CHARCOAL-GRILLED POLISH SAUSAGE ($2.00)
20-OUNCE GATORADE ($1.50)
HOT BUTTERED POPCORN ($1.00)
BAG-FAMOUS AMOS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ($1.00)
2 OUNCE BAG OF CHIPS (FRITOS, DORITOS, LAYS, ETC.) ($1.00)
PLANTER’S PEANUTS (OR CASHEWS) ($1.00)
CRACKER JACKS ($1.00)
PEANUT AND PLAIN M&M’S ($1.00)
SNICKERS CANDY BAR ($1.00)
3 MUSKETEERS CANDY BAR ($1.00)
NASHVILLE’S OWN FAMOUS GOO GOO CLUSTER ($1.00)
ICE COLD BOTTLED WATER ($1.00)
SOFT DRINKS (PEPSI, DIET PEPSI, ORANGE AND GRAPE CRUSH,
MOUNTAIN DEW, DR PEPPER, HAWAIIAN PUNCH, LIPTON BRISK)
($1.00)
1 OUNCE BAG OF CHIPS (FRITOS, DORITOS, LAYS, ETC) (75 CENTS)
KOOL-AID “JAMMERS” (CHERRY, GRAPE, KIWI-STRAWBERRY,
TROPICAL PUNCH) (50 CENTS)

AND BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND-------

IZZIE’S ICES- On a hot summer night, there’s nothing like something ICE-
COLD. And noone does ICE-COLD better than IZZIE’S ICES, who sell Italian
Ices in 20 delicious flavors right at the corner of Riverside Drive and Rosebank
Avenue in Inglewood. Izzie’s frozen treats (all made form all-natural ingredients)
have been the hit of the summer of 2010 in East Nashville. And if you go by their
Inglewood location, buy one of their superb frozen treats, and talk nice, they just
might
have a free ticket to the game there for you.


AMERICAN FOOTBALL NEWS
TODAY RANKS THE NASHVILLE
STORM AS AMERICA’S #1
MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL
TEAM
Following the weekend of August 14, the American Football
News Today released their 2nd national poll of the 2010
season; and the Nashville Storm, which had been ranked 4th
in the nation in the first AFN poll, moved up to the #1 spot in
the AFN’s Summer/Fall National Rankings.

The poll marks the first time that a national polling service
has given the #1 national ranking to the Nashville Storm
during a regular season. In 2009, the Nashville Storm held
the #1 national ranking from SemiProBCS.com during the
first 2 weeks of November, following the Storm’s upset 37-31
OT victory over the Central Penn Piranha in the NAFL
National Semifinals, but before the Storm’s 23-21 defeat in
the NAFL National Championship Game at the hands of the
St Paul Pioneers.

Nashville Storm Head Coach Charles Hunter remarked
“We’re pleased, of course, that a national polling service of
the eminence of AFN has ranked us as the best team in the
nation out of over 600 teams. But I hope we’ll take this for
what it is---- an opinion at a point in a season that is not yet
complete. Our goal is to win the NAFL National
Championship. If we do not accomplish that goal, noone’s
going to remember where we were ranked in mid-August.
We’ve got some games left to win to be where we want to
be.”
NASHVILLE STORM
SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS #1
NATIONAL RANKING WITH 35-0
VICTORY OVER WEST
TENNESSEE WAR EAGLES

STORM MOVES TO 8-0 IN 2010; COACH
HUNTER WINS 40TH GAME (AGAINST 4
LOSSES) AS STORM HEAD COACH
THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU’LL EVER GET (OR WANT TO) TO A
QUARTERBACK’S-EYE VIEW OF LEGENDARY 6’6”, 340 LB
NASHVILLE STORM DT DANNY ROBERSON (TSU)- PHOTO BY
DONNIE BEAUCHAMP
STORM RB JOHNATHAN “BAMA” CARTER SCORES ON A 9-YARD
RUN- PHOTO BY DONNIE BEAUCHAMP
THE STORM’S DESHAWN GRAHAM PULLS IN A PHELLEPE HALL
PASS FOR A STORM TOUCHDOWN- PHOTO BY DONNIE
BEAUCHAMP




247-LB STORM RB “HANG EM HIGH” JOE CASEY STRETCHES
TOWARD THE END ZONE- PHOTO BY DONNIE BEAUCHAMP

The West Tennessee War Eagles from Jackson, TN have had
one of the more impressive first seasons of any recent
team, and came to Nashville on Saturday night, August 21
with high hopes of an upset. They had not been the
Nashville Storm’s original opponent for that date, but War
Eagle owner Ken Williams had been in frequent contact
with Nashville Storm President Bill Caldwell since April
expressing an interest in playing the Storm, and when the
Georgia Mustangs suspended operations (leaving the
Nashville Storm with an open date on August 21), a date that
coincided with an “open week” for the GDFL (the War
Eagles’ league), a Storm-War Eagle game was booked.

The War Eagles’ season gave them reason for optimism---
the War Eagles had won 10 of 14 games behind a stout
defensive unit that had given up just 7.4 points per game
against GDFL opponents----- and in May, in just their 3rd-
ever game, the War Eagles had taken on the WFL’s
Oklahoma Thunder (the nation’s #1 ranked team in the NFE
Coaches Poll) and given the Thunder their most difficult
game in 2 years, a 35-14 loss that the Thunder didn’t put out
of reach until the War Eagles, trailing 28-14 with 2 minutes
left, “went for it” on a 4th down play deep in their territory
unsuccessfully, allowing the Thunder to add a final
insurance TD with just a few seconds left. And the week
before coming to Nashville, the War Eagles had clinched
their GDFL division title.

At the end of the night at Stratford High School’s Buster
Boguskie Stadium, however, the War Eagles would find
their 2nd 2010 encounter with a nationally #1 ranked team a
less competitive experience than their first, as the Nashville
Storm dismantled the War Eagle offense and then the War
Eagle punting unit en route to a 28-0 halftime lead and an
eventual 35-0 victory to bring the Storm record to 8-0 for the
2010 season.

The opening kickoff, while negated by a blocking
infraction, provided a glimpse of what was to come--- Mario
Merriwether of the Storm returned the kick 60 yards,
although the blocking infraction made the Storm start their
first series from their own 10-yard line. After gaining 2 first
downs, Phellepe Hall threw an interception for the Storm’s
only turnover of the game, but the War Eagle offense went 3-
and-out in their attempt to capitalize. Then--- they punted
on 4th down, again to Mario Merriwether--- who returned
the punt 34 yards to the War Eagle 35-yard line. 7 plays later,
the Storm took a 7-0 lead on Jonathan “Bama” Carter’s 9-
yard TD run.

The next War Eagle possession produced another 3-and-out
and an even bigger punting disaster when the deep snap on
the War Eagles punt attempt sailed over the head of the War
Eagle punter, giving the Storm the ball at the War Eagle 19-
yard line. It took Storm QB Phellepe Hall just 1 play to put
the Storm up 14-0 with a pretty 19-yard TD strike to Storm
WR Jeremie “Bird” Whittaker.

The next War Eagle possession was another 3-and-out, and
once again, the War Eagles attempted a punt----- this time
blocked by Storm RB Charles Rucker, putting the Storm in
business at the War Eagle 15-yard line. This time, the Storm
stayed on the ground as 247-pound Storm RB “Hang Em
High” Joe Casey ran 13 yards down to the War Eagle 2 on the
first play, and then ran the ball into the end zone on the
next play to give the Storm a 21-0 lead with 13:53 to play in
the 2nd quarter.

The War Eagles and Storm swapped 3-and-out possessions,
and then the Storm got another break when Storm DT
Desmond Scantling (TSU) stripped the ball loose from War
Eagle FB Gary Reeves, giving the Storm the ball at the war
Eagle 19. 2 plays later, Storm RB Marcellus Tibbs ran the
ball into the end zone from the 17, raising the Storm lead to
28-0, which would be the halftime score.

There would be few offensive fireworks in the second half of
the game, but there would be one more score---- set up,
once again, by a 32-yard Mario Merriwether punt return
that allowed the Storm to start an offensive possession at
the War Eagle 28-yard line late in the 3rd quarter. On the last
play of the 3rd quarter, Phellepe Hall hit Deshawn Graham
with a 22-yard TD pass to produce the last points in a 35-0
Storm victory.

NOTES ON THE GAME:

     The Nashville Storm defense was simply dominating in
      this game---- the War Eagles offense got only 3 first
      downs on the night, and for the 2nd straight time in a
      home game, the Storm defense actually held an
      opposing offense to NEGATIVE yardage in total
      offense--- in the case of the War Eagles, (-33) yards.
      Storm defenders had 15 tackles for losses in the game,
      led by DT Desmond Scantling (TSU), who had 5 TFLs.
     Offensively, the Storm had 216 total yards in just 33
      offensive snaps (84 rushing, 132 passing). Marcellus
      Tibbs had 45 yards on 8 carries, while Joe Casey had 26
      yards on 4 carries. Storm QB Phellepe Hall completed 8
      of 15 pass attempts for 132 yards and 2 TDs. Storm WR
      Kevin Carter (Austin Peay) led the Storm receivers with
      2 catches for 59 yards. And despite the presence of DEs
      Tray Hardiman (Ole Miss) and Steven Turner (U of
      Memphis), the War Eagles did not record a QB sack in
      the game.
     Despite slippery field conditions from substantial
      Saturday rainfall, each team had only 1 turnover
      apiece.
   Storm K/P Garrett Morgan (Central Arkansas) suited up
    for the game, but did not play due to learning of an
    accident by a family member, necessitating his
    departure. His backups were highly effective, though;
    John Gorecki kicked off effectively and was 5 for 5 on
    extra points, while Jerry Wilkinson averaged 36 yards
    punting.
   Various parts of Nashville were hit with very heavy
    rainfall for much of the afternoon of this game,
    including East Nashville, and there was some periods
    of substantial rainfall during the game, and as a
    result, the Storm home crowd was the smallest of the
    2010 season. With a nationally ranked opponent
    coming in this weekend in the St Louis Bulldogs, here’s
    hoping the weather is better and the Storm’s full
    complement of supporters are back this weekend.

								
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