Beef / Bandits preview

Beef / Bandits preview


 

Omaha Beef @ Sioux City Bandits 

May 6, 2023 – 7:05pm CT 

Tyson Events Center  

 

May 5, 2023 

Two of the longest running indoor football teams meet for the 49th time as the 7-0 Omaha Beef (2000, IPFL) travel up Interstate 29 for the first of two meetings in May against the 5-2 Sioux City Bandits (2000 IFL as Attack, 2001 named changed to Bandits) on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. The all-time series is tied at 24 and since 2019 they have rotated who won over those eight games. The Beef have won the last two playoff meetings vs the Bandits. They will meet for the 50th time on May 27th at Liberty First Credit Union Arena. 

Last week the Beef ran all over the Rapid City Marshals 62-12 as the Bandits suffered their second loss of the season at home vs the Gillette Mustangs 42-33Sioux City sits in a tie with Salina for 3rd place in the standings with three games remaining. 

Omaha’s defense continues to dominate Champions Indoor FootballThey have allowed an average of 20.0 points per game, 134.1 total yards per game, and have a +19 turnover margin. They have also scored four touchdowns in the last two games and have a four-point PAT defensive return. The Beef continues to score at a league best of 52.9 points per game while the offense sits in the middle of the pack in rushing (83.6 ypg – 3rd) and passing (101.6 ypg – 6th) averages. 

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong is currently 8th in rushing (24.4 ypg), 6th in passing average (95.9 ypg), 3rd in passing efficiency (105.3), 5th in total offense (120.3 ypg), and 3rd in scoring (11.1 ppg). The Beef’s newest running back Tabyus Taylor rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries vs Rapid City. He has taken over as Jeff Mack (139 yards 2 touchdowns), who went on the Short-Term injury reserve this week, and Jailin Singleton (93 yards) who recently came back from the injury reserve list. Gourney Sloan is the leading receiver for Omaha with 29 receptions for 378 yards and nine touchdowns, placing him 7th in reception per game and 3rd in receiving yards per game. Devanire Conliffe is second on the team with 15 receptions for 163 yards and 5 touchdowns. A big advantage for the Beef is in the kicking game where two-time Special Teams POW Paul Ortiz leads the CIF in field goal made (5), field goal percentage (54.5), and extra points kicks made (18) and extra points percentage (85.7)The Bandits signed former Omaha kicker Brandon Stewart this week. Stewart was 0-4 on field goals tries (three of them over 50 yards) and 4-8 on extra points in two games for Omaha. 

Three-time Defensive POW, JayShawn Washington, heads up the Beef defense line. Washington is currently third in sacks (6.5) and second in tackles for losses (11.5). His fellow linemen Tamar Heart (9th with 3.5 sacks) and Javari Nichols (13th with 2.0 sacks) and linebacker Key James Black (13th with 2.0 sacks) help supply pressure on the opponent’s offenses that have led to 16 interceptions and ten fumble recoveries and 15 sacksDreko Statham leads the CIF with nine interceptions and 2nd in pass defended with 11. They will go against an offensive line that has allowed only two sacks, but Bandit’s quarterback Tasleem Wilson has thrown nine interceptions. 

The Bandits offense is in the middle of the CIF rankings as they rank 4th in scoring (45.0) and 5th in total offense (178.1 ypg). Drew Prohaska leads Sioux City in their rushing attack averaging 31.3 ypg (6th). Tasleem Wilson has a league leading 25 passing touchdowns thrown with 16 of them going to two of the receiversFred Bruno (21-322 yards and 8 TD’s) and Brandon Sheperd (14-155 yards and 8 TD’s). Braden Meints, one of the CIF best utility men, has rushed for seven yards, caught 15 balls for 170 yards, kick two extra points, does kickoffs, and has scored 59 points on the year. Defensively he has made 19 tackles, one force fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup. Sioux City’s defense leads the CIF with 20 sacks on the year lead by Claude Davis (7.5) and Dajon Emory (6.0), but Tommy Armstrong has only been sacked once this year. Bandit’s head coach Erv Strohbeen is looking for his 100th career win as Sioux City’s head coach. 

The Beef’s final two regular season games are back at the Slaughterhouse as they play host to Topeka next Saturday and the rematch with Sioux City on May 27th. Sioux City will hit the road as they travel to Salina next week in an important playoff seeding game before returning to Ralston to close out the 2023 regular season. 

OTHER NOTES: The Omaha Beef – Tommy Armstrong Youth Football Camp will be held May 12 & May 13. In addition to the football camp, your registration will include an Omaha Beef shirt, pizza party, and a ticket to the May13th game where all participants will play football on the field before pre-game activities. https://a4footballacademy.eventsmart.com/…/ta-football…/ 

2023 Omaha Beef Schedule (7-0) 

March 4, 6:30pm CT 

Vs Omaha Stockman (EX) 

W 71-0 

 

Sioux City 

Omaha 

March 10, 7pm CT 

Vs Billing Outlaws 

W 47-19 

Avg Pts Scored/G 

45.0(4) 

52.9 (1) 

March 18, 6pm CT 

@ Southwest Kansas 

W 68-15 

Avg Pts Allow/G 

33.7 (3) 

20.0 (1) 

April 1, 7pm CT 

@ Topeka Tropics 

60-22 

Total Offense/G 

178.1 (5) 

185.1 (4) 

April 8, 7pm CT 

Vs Gillette Mustangs 

W 52-29 

Total Defense/G 

240.1 (8) 

134.3 (1) 

April 15, 6:35pm CT 

@ Salina Liberty 

W 36-31 

Turnover Margin 

-2 (4) 

+19 (1) 

April 22,7:30pm CT 

@ Billings Outlaws 

W 45-12 

 

 

 

April 29, 6:30pm CT 

Vs Rapid City Marshals 

W 62-12 

Home Record 

3-1 

3-0 

May 6, 7pm CT 

@ Sioux City Bandits 

 

Road Record 

2-1 

4-0 

May 13, 7pm CT 

Vs Topeka Tropics 

 

All-time Record 

Series tied at 24-24 – since 2002 

May 27, 6:30pm CT 

Vs Sioux City Bandits 

 

Last Meeting 

CIF Semi-Finals 6/18/22 Beef won 49-45 

(CIF rank after week 9) 

Projected Starters 

 

Omaha Beef 

 

Sioux City Bandits 

 

QB 

#10 Tommy Armstrong 

59-95, 600 yds 18 TD 4 INT 

Rush: 42-171 yds 13 TD 

#17 Tasleem Wilson 

64-122, 844 yds 25 TD, 9 INT 

Rush: 18-63 yds, 2 TD 

RB 

#20 Tabyus Taylor 

Rush: 11-42 yds, 1 TD 

#20 Drew Prohaska 

Rush: 62-219 yds, 6 TD 

Rec: 8-100 yds, 2 TD 

WR 

#80 Terrance Tolbert-McIntyre 

Rec: 1-20 yds 

#2 Fred Bruno 

Rec: 21-322 yds, 8 TD 

Rush: 22-102 yds, 4 TD 

WR 

#5 Devanaire Conliffe 

Rec: 15-163 YDS 5 TD 

Rush: 726 YDS 1 TD 

#14 Brandon Sheperd 

Rec: 14-155 yds, 8 TD 

WR 

#8 Gourney Sloan 

Rec: 29-378 YDS 9 TD 

Rush: 7-43 

#10 Braden Meints 

Rush: 3-7 yds, 2 TD 

Rec: 15-170 yds, 5 TD 

OL 

#50 Olu’kayode Akinmoladun 

sack allowed 

#73 Dejarlis Reese 

2 sacks allowed 

OL 

#70 Reggie Patrick 

 

#75 Daniel Small 

 

OL 

#99 Steven Fluker 

 

#78 Rashad Mungro 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DL 

#2 JayShawn Washington 

34 TACK, 6.5 Sacks, 11.5 TFL, 1 PB, 3 FR, 4 FF 

#4 Claude Davis 

25 TACK, 7.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, 2 PB, 9 QBH 

DL 

#15 Tamar Heart 

26 TACK, 3.5 Sacks, 7 TFL, 4 PB, 1 FF, 1 FR 

#15 Dajon Emory 

27 TACK, 6 sacks, 11.5 TFL, 1 PB, 2 QBH, 3 BK 

DL 

#0 Javari Nichols 

8 TACK, 2 Sacks, 3 TFL 

#26 Devin Groenhagen 

16 TACK, 4.5 sacks, 4.5 TFL,  

LB 

#11 Key James Black 

24 TACK, 2 Sacks, 3 TFL, 1PB, 2 FR 

#22 Akel Beard 

35 TACK, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PB, 2 QBH 

DB 

#3 Chris Perry 

18 TACK, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PB 

#1 Xavier Spann 

25 TACK, 2 INT, 5 PB, 1 FF 

DB 

#4 Aaron Jackson 

31 TACK, 3 INT, 2 PB 

#5 Carlton Watkins 

31 TACK, 3 INT, 1 FF 

DB 

#17 Dreko Statham 

24 TACK, 9 INT, 2 PB 

#6 DeWayne Autrey II 

21 TACK, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PB, 1 FR 

DB 

#21 Trey Dudley-Giles 

22 TACK, 2 INT, 6 PB 

#23 Justin Gilbert 

23 TACK, 1 INT, 3 PB 

 

 

 

 

 

K 

#16 Paul Ortiz 

6-11 FG, 18-21 PAT Kick 

# Brandon Stewart 

0-4 FG, 4-8 PAT 

 

CIF Player of the Week Awards 

Tommy Armstrong (1)– Week 2 – Offensive 

JayShawn Washington (3)– Week 3, Week 6, Week 8 – Defensive 

Dre’Sonte Dorton (1)– Week 3 – Special Teams 

Paul Ortiz (2)– Week 5, Week 7 – Special Teams 

 

Sioux City Bandits (5-2) 
  

Mar 04, 2023 

RAPID CITY MARSHALS 

W 

75-34 

 

Mar 11, 2023 

SALINA LIBERTY 

W 

45-39 

 

Mar 25, 2023 

at Gillette Mustangs 

L 

18-28 

 

Mar 31, 2023 

SW KANSAS STORM 

W 

70-46 

 

Apr 08, 2023 

at Rapid City Marshals 

W 

36-12 

 

Apr 22, 2023 

at Topeka Tropics 

W 

45-36 

 

Apr 29, 2023 

GILLETTE MUSTANGS 

L 

33-42 

A-2200 

May 06, 2023 

OMAHA BEEF 

 

 

 

May 20, 2023 

at Salina Liberty 

 

 

 

May 27, 2023 

at Omaha Beef 

 

 

 

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Sioux City vs Omaha Beef History (24-24) Omaha wins in orange 

  

Date 

Opponent 

  

Score 

  

Attend 

  

Site 

* 

5/31/2002 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

49-54 

 

4579 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 

* 

6/22/2002 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

33-30 

 

2675 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

6/14/2003 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

37-34 

 

2623 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

6/28/2003 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

38-58 

 

5573 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 

* 

4/3/2004 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

26-38 

 

3393 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 

* 

5/22/2004 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

43-30 

 

3510 

 

Sioux City, IA 

#p 

7/10/2004 

at #4 Omaha Beef 

L 

40-46 

 

3105 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 

* 

4/9/2005 

at Omaha Beef 

W 

54-51 

 

4565 

 

Omaha 

* 

5/14/2005 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

42-52 

 

4175 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

7/9/2005 

at Omaha Beef 

W 

47-41 

 

6251 

 

Omaha 

* 

4/1/2006 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

35-38 

 

5219 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

4/22/2006 

at Omaha Beef 

W 

31-27 

 

4192 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 

* 

7/2/2006 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

30-32 

 

3814 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

3/24/2007 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

26-47 

 

4826 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

5/5/2007 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

36-29 

 

5176 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

6/16/2007 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

27-30 

 

1610 

 

Omaha, NE 

 

5/10/2008 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

47-53 

 

4939 

 

Sioux City, IA 

 

6/14/2008 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

9-34 

 

6180 

 

Omaha 

* 

6/5/2009 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

25-31 

 

3549 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 

* 

6/27/2009 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

43-58 

 

3870 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

3/13/2010 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

26-53 

 

3790 

 

Omaha, NE 

* 

5/22/2010 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

48-67 

 

1800 

 

Omaha, NE 

* 

6/5/2010 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

29-64 

 

4311 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

4/7/2013 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

26-32 

Ot 

2245 

 

Ralston, NE 

* 

4/27/2013 

OMAHA BEEF 

L 

24-38 

 

4887 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

4/11/2014 

at Omaha Beef 

W 

61-55 

 

 

 

Omaha, NE 

* 

5/10/2014 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

61-47 

 

3956 

 

Sioux City, IA 

 

2/28/2015 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

62-13 

 

3848 

 

Sioux City, IA 

 

4/10/2015 

at Omaha Beef 

L 

41-43 

 

3179 

 

Ralston, NE 

 

4/24/2015 

at Omaha Beef 

W 

61-37 

 

3148 

 

Ralston, NE 

 

5/16/2015 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

64-38 

 

3021 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

2/27/2016 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

43-38 

 

3562 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

3/25/2016 

at Omaha Beef 

W 

45-33 

 

3902 

 

Ralston, NE 

* 

2/25/2017 

OMAHA BEEF 

W 

63-44 

 

3381 

 

Sioux City, IA 

* 

3/31/2017 

at Omaha Beef 

W