Omaha, NE – Highlighted by the nine All-Stars that played in the game and the Prime Dancers who performed, the Omaha Beef professional indoor football team were well-represented at this weekend’s UIF All-Star Game in Sioux City, Iowa.
The BEEF’s nine All-Stars helped the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference by a 57-39 score in the All-Star game played Saturday evening at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
Wide receiver Ken Horton, who was one of seven BEEF players elected by the teams and league media representatives, led the way for the West as he caught a team-high six passes for 89 yards and three touchdowns. As a result, Horton, who played collegiately at Tuskegee University, was named Western Conference Most Valuable Player.
Offensively, quarterback James McNear rushed for a team-high 27 yards on three carries while also completing five of nine passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Running back R.J. Rollins rushed for six yards and a touchdown while also throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to teammate Dustin Creager. Javon Bell, who was tabbed as an injury replacement for the Western Conference, caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Dan Potmesil was a part of the West’s offensive line.
Defensively, Creager tallied 6.5 tackles and was a part of a missed field goal, returning it 23 yards before throwing it to Billings’ Travonti Johnson who ran the remaining 35 yards for a touchdown. Brent Hafford, who also was a replacement, made 5.5 tackles, ½ a tackle for loss, broke up a pass and had the game’s only interception. Colin Bryant assisted on four tackles and also had a ½ tackle for loss.
On special teams, kicker Ricky Lebeda scored nine points for the West on a 24-yard field goal just before halftime and went six-of-eight on his extra points.
In addition to the players, the newly-crowned Dance Team of the Year, the Prime Dancers, performed to the delight of the fans. Members of the BEEF’s front office and coaching staffs attended the game to support their players. A fan bus carrying nearly 50 proud and cowbell-waving fans as well as members of the players’ families made the trip from Omaha to watch the game.
The BEEF are in their ninth year of Professional Indoor Football in Omaha, NE. Home games are played March through June. All home games start at 7:00pm at "The Slaughterhouse" - Omaha Civic Auditorium. The Beef are a member of the United Indoor Football Association, the premier indoor football league in America. The Omaha Beef are committed to making a positive difference in the Omaha area through football, fun and community service. For more information about the BEEF call (402) 346-BEEF (2333) or log on to www.BEEFFOOTBALL.com