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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls will open their second season on the road on Thursday, March 19, then play the first of seven regular-season home games on Sunday, March 29, when they take on the Duke City Gladiators, one of four new teams in the Indoor Football League.

The 2020 IFL schedule announced today gives the Sugar Skulls seven different opponents in their seven home games, including visits from three of the four new teams in the league. The other new teams visiting Tucson Arena will be the Spokane Shock on Sunday, March 24, and the Oakland Panthers in the season finale on Saturday, June 27.

Tucson will host the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday, May 9. The San Diego Strike Force will visit on Saturday, April 11. The Green Bay Blizzard and Bismarck Bucks round out the home schedule with games on Saturday, May 2, and Saturday, June 13, respectively. Saturday games will kick off at 6 p.m. Sunday games will start at 3 p.m.

The IFL announced yesterday that a fourth new team, from Frisco, Texas, has joined the league. The team, which is yet to be named, gives the IFL 13 teams for the 2020 season.

“Our fans can expect a lot of excitement every game with theme nights and door giveaways and activities that will be announced in the near future,” said Team President Jay Gonzales. “We want our fans to know that when they come to a Sugar Skulls game, they are coming to an event that offers fun and excitement beyond the great product we’re putting on the field.”

In addition to the season opener at the Cedar Rapids River Kings, the Sugar Skulls will travel to play the Rattlers and Strike Force twice and will play return games at Duke City and Spokane.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Single game tickets will go on sale after the first of the year.

Here is the complete 2020 schedule.

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Yet Unnamed Team To Commence IFL Play In 2020

FRISCO, TX -- Professional football returns to Frisco this spring with the launch of the Indoor Football League's newest member. The team will be owned by Steve and Kim Germain and their children Jessica, Austin, and Zach.

The team name is expected to be announced in the coming days, along with several other exciting announcements sure to excite longtime indoor football fans in the North Texas region. 

America's longest running indoor football league, the IFL features the premier athletes and coaches in the sport of indoor football. The addition of Frisco gives the league 13 teams for the 2020 season. 

"We are super excited about doing business in Frisco, Texas," said Jessica Germain. "We literally could have placed this team in any city in the country and we chose Frisco because of its people, its reputation as Sports City U.S.A., and just because there is so much excitement and energy in and around the city. Frisco is a spectacular area and the people of Frisco deserve this exciting sport.” 

“ Anytime you can add another quality ownership group that fits our future vision and mission to grow the IFL, it makes a great day,” stated IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “We are growing in the right markets with the right people at the right time” 

The Germain family has been committed to the indoor football game for many years, as owners and as major sponsors of  indoor football through their various vehicle dealerships. No strangers to professional sports and entertainment, the Germain family has also owned stakes in NASCAR teams and has been involved in naming rights of arenas and entertainment venues. 

"Mr. Germain is committed to making indoor football in Frisco a huge success and he and his family are in this for the long haul, as you will see as we begin to make announcements in the very near future," said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Frisco team. "You could not ask for a better family or an ownership group that cares as much about the indoor football game than the Germains. We look forward to matching their enthusiasm for the sport with our play on the field to bring Frisco a team they will be proud to support. 

"Make no mistake, we have extremely high expectations. As you will soon learn, our management team and our coaching staff are collectively approaching 100 years in the indoor football game. We've won championships, but most of all, we've successfully assimilated the local community wherever we have been, and we look forward to doing so here in Frisco." 

The team will soon make announcements about coaches, new player signings, ticket sales, and how to partner with the new organization. 

The 2020 IFL Schedule will be announced in the coming days.
ABOUT THE IFL:
The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its twelfth season of play in the spring of 2020. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. Its teams are located from Spokane, WA to Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, please log on to www.goifl.com or call the league office at (804) 643-7277.

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls added four players to their 2020 training camp roster bringing the total to 26 players signed for the team’s second season.

Pending the upcoming release of the 2020 Indoor Football League schedule, the Sugar Skulls expect to begin training camp in early March under new head coach Dixie Wooten.

The four players signed are:

Linwood Banks, 6’1, 290 pounds, defensive line, Grambling State University. Appeared in 12 games in 2016 where he had nine tackles, five unassisted. In 2017 he played in all 13 games on the defensive line and finished the year with 24 tackles including 15 solo. He also had three tackles for loss.

Reggie McGee, 6’1, 240 pounds, defensive end, Ball State University. McGee played at Hartnell Junior College in Salinas, California. During his junior college career, he recorded 52 tackles and a program-record 15 sacks. He helped the team finish 10-1 overall in 2015. He then went to Ball State University where he played in 11 games each in 2016 and 2017. In his final year at Ball State, he had four tackles and a fumble recovery.

Warren Messer, 5-11, 227 pounds, linebacker, Elon University. Messer appeared in all 11 games as a true freshman and recorded 45 total tackles including seven solo, 3½ tackles for loss and two sacks. In 2016 Messer started eight games, where he had a total of 66 tackles, ½ tackles for loss and 1½ sacks. In 2017 he earned multiple awards including All-American honors from STATS FCS and Phil Steele and First-team All-CAA Football linebacker. His senior year in 2018 he had a total of 93 tackles and 44 of them solo and ranked fourth in CAA.

Jeremy Schonbrunner, 6’3, 310 pounds, center, Temple University. Played in 30 games at Temple and started nine. Began his indoor football career in 2014 and started 13 games for the Tampa Bay Storm in 2015. Most recently played with the Columbus Lions of the National Arena League.

The updated Sugar Skulls roster:

Name                                Pos           Ht        Wt       College

Brandon Bailey                 DB             6’1       185      Savannah State

Ryan Balentine                  WR            6'1       180      Southern Mississippi

Linwood Banks                 DL             6’1       290      Grambling State

Adolphus Barnes              OL             6'4       285      Eastern Illinois

Kordell Brewster               OL             6'2       270      UL-Lafayette

Cory Butler                        DB/WR      5'9       180      Utah

Cam Gaddis                      DB             6'1       195      Pima Community College

Jajuan Harley                    DB             6'2       215      Middle Tennessee State

Jeremiah Harris                WR            5'8       155      Webber International

Mike Jones                        RB             5'11     210      Bethune-Cookman

Lawrence Keys                 OL             6'2       300      UNC-Pembroke

TreQuan King                   RB             5'11     190      Texas Tech

DJ Loving                          OL             6’3       306      Grand View University

Kyle Martin                        DB             5’9       190      Arkansas State

Tevin Madison                  DB             5’10     180      Texas Tech

Johnny McCrary               QB             6'4       210      Vanderbilt

Reggie McGee                 DL             6’1       240      Ball State

Warren Messer                 LB              5-11     227      Elon University

Robert Metz                      DL             6'4       240      Dixie State

Michael Minter Jr.             DB             6,0       175      Middle Tennessee State

Daquan Neal                     QB             6'2       215      Elizabeth City State

Koree Reed                       WR            6'0       185      Hartwick College

Jeremy Schonbrunner      OL             6’3       310      Temple University

Kent Shelby                      WR            6'2       210      McNeese State

Ryan Wood                       DB             6’1       200      Chadron State

Khalil Young                      DL             6’5       240      Mississippi Valley State

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have added two more players to their 2020 roster including a 2019 All-IFL second team offensive lineman.

The Sugar Skulls now have 22 players signed for the upcoming season. Training camp begins in early March.

The two new players signed are:

DJ Loving, 6’3, 306 pounds, offensive lineman, Grand View University. Loving played his first season in the IFL for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2019. He began his college career at Ellsworth Community College before transferring to Grand View University his junior year where he appeared in a total of 22 games and earned AFCA NAIA All-America Team Honors.

Kyle Martin, 5’9, 190 pounds, defensive back, Arkansas State. Played his sophomore season at Dodge City Community College. Where he recorded 15 tackles, six pass break-ups, a pair of blocked kicks and one safety. Martin transferred to Arkansas State in 2016 and played in 10 games at cornerback and on special teams, recording eight tackles and one forced fumble.

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July. The 2020 IFL schedule is expected to be released later this month.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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