Opening week for the Fox Valley Force had a shaky start for much of the first quarter. Force would eventually pull it together and have sparked the start of the season with a 17-6 win over the 2017 NEFL runners-up Northland Bulls.
Bulls started with the ball and came out with a play action connecting on a 66-yard pass. Cornerback Robert Conn showed great hustle tracking down the receiver before he could score at the two-yard line and the rest of the defense helped hold the Bulls to 3 points. Starting out with 2017 All-Star tackling the Bulls running back for 2-yard loss. The Force stingy defense would then hold the Bulls on the nest 2 pass attempts forcing the Bulls to settle for a field goal.
Not the start the Force was hoping for with the high expectations they have with their defense. But on the kickoff following the field goal, the Force would muff the kick and the Bulls would recover on the Force side of the field. The defense would once again bend but not break, holding to the Bulls to another field goal now trailing 0-6.
Almost 10 minutes has passed, and the Force offense still hasn’t even stepped on the field. The game would then go back and forth with field position. The big play in the first half would be a diving interception by middle linebacker Kominko Lupematasila after the quarterback got hit by defensive end Quadre Davis as he threw it. Fox Valley would then be forced to settle for a field goal to cut the lead in half 3-6. As that would be the score entering halftime.
Being such a defensive battle early, the Force knew they needed a spark. That spark came from Cameron Brown on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Brown returns kickoff 44 yards to setup the opening drive of the second half. The offense would cash in on a 15-yard touchdown pass from QB TJ Arndt to wide receiver Evan Dux.
The darkside would then force a punt that would go out of bound setting up another short field for the Force. Offense would cash in again on the short field with some good running from running back Tyrone Evans who had 150 yards of offense. Tyrone and the offensive line paved the way to setup a one-yard touchdown pass from Arndt to Dux for the second time today.
Up 17-6, the defense knew the game was in their hands and didn’t let the team down as the final would stand at 17-6. Cornerback Tydus Morrow would be a big help intercepting the pass as the Bulls were making a push to bring it to a one score game. Lupematasila would add another interception with the help of a diving breakup by OLB Dashawn Goodwin. The Force will host the 1-0 Hudson Thunderhawks Saturday with kickoff at 7:00pm.