Colors: Royal Blue / Black / White
Home Field: Appleton North High School
2017 Record: 3-5 (Overall 3-7)
Lifetime Record: 93-35
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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.
The Fox Valley Force had a busy off season. Starting with new leadership immediately following the season of 2017. Former owner Matt Reyes, passed the team on to two men he knew would keep the Force tradition going.
Those two men being Anthony Shimulunas and Matthew Crooks. Crooks and Shimulunas took on the team, upgrading their involvement from being Head Coach, and defensive line coach respectively , to co-owners of the Fox Valley Force who has been established since 2006; which is impressive compared to the average life span of an adult amateur football team. The new owners wanted to start the new journey off with a bang in year one, and with that they needed to add help. That help came with the brother of Matthew Crooks, Aaron Zepnick former Head Coach. Zepnick's new role will be General Manager, along with helping facilitate game day activities , and assistant coach as well.
The Force also retained wide receivers coach A.B. Cassell as all 4 men joined the Force at the same time and are still fighting their way to bring Force to new heights in the N.E.F.L. Those new heights involve a couple of other new entities within the organization. A new look is another way to jumpstart a new era. The final look is still being finalized, but the Force is putting in effort working with multiple apparel companies to make sure they get the look they want and their players deserve.
Finally, comes their new home, and hopefully final home for the Fox Valley Force. That is, located in Menasha. Calder has recently been updated to all levels you want in a facility to play. New turf, New locker rooms, and best of all, a great community to build around. Even before the Calder deal was finalized, that didn't stop the Force starting to get a feel for their new home. Local businesses loved the idea and have been anxious for the Force get Calder, as many feel it can have a good impact on the community and the local businesses
Fox Valley Force would like to thank the Menasha School district for the wonderful opportunity to play at such a fantastic facility and is looking forward to getting involved with the community. Fox Valley Force is always looking for ways to volunteer their time to help their community and surrounding communities. From reffing Special Olympics flag football tournaments in Neenah, to help spot for weight lifting events in Omro, and to the next project asking for help. The Fox Valley Force is also still looking for game day volunteers, cheer leaders, and dancers. Also, the Force never stop adding potential players, sponsors and coaches. Stay tuned for the uniforms of the Fox Valley Force to be revealed.
By unanimous decision, the Northern Elite Football League voted in the Sioux City Stampede.
The Sioux City Stampede carry the ELITE requirements held by the NEFL. Through four seasons the Stampede are 33-8 (including a 0-3 Franchise Start), winning the Midwest Football Alliance in 2017 after an undefeated season. It was their 3rd appearance in the MFA Title game in their 4 years.
Led by Head Coach and part owner, Jason Garnand, the Stampede strive for more, "The Stampede would like to thank the Midwest Football Alliance over the last 4 years. They are a very organized, competitive league. We are truly excited for the move to the NEFL as its a great opportunity to provide new challenges and Big Opportunities for the Stampede."
Sioux City is nestled on the boarder of Iowa, Nebraska, & South Dakota; carrying a population of 165,000+ in the metro area. There are multiple colleges in & around the Sioux City area, helping to bolster the Stampede roster.
The Northern Elite Football League has now attracted League Champions in two consecutive years, while expanding west - Fargo Invaders - and now south for the Stampede. The NEFL is arguably one of the best leagues in the Nation, and continues to build momentum with the addition of the Sioux City Stampede.