Sugar Skulls try to get right against IFL champs

Tucson (3-4) host the defending champion Iowa Barnstormers (6-1)

Sugar Skulls try to get right against IFL champs
The Sugar Skulls defense has allowed an average of 60 points during their three-game losing streak.

TUCSON, AZ - When a team is on a three-game losing skid, the ideal remedy probably isn’t to take on the defending league champion to try to end it.

That’s the position the Sugar Skulls (3-4) find themselves in as they await the arrival of the Iowa Barnstormers (6-1) for a game abundant with back stories.

Sugar Skulls Head Coach Marcus Coleman and two of his assistants, Hurtis Chinn and Malcolm Nelson, were all assistants to Barnstormers Head Coach Dixie Wooten for their championship run last year.

Two Sugar Skulls players, linebacker Zach Allen and defensive lineman Keith Jones Jr., were part of that team. A third Skulls player, defensive back Dee Maggitt Jr., was an all-league player for the Barnstormers in 2017.

Kickoff at Tucson Arena is 6 p.m.

Notes & Numbers

  • The Sugar Skulls welcomed back 2018 All-IFL defensive lineman Keith Jones Jr. this week. Jones was invited to tryout for an Arena Football League team and returned to the Sugar Skulls after missing two games.
  • Dee Maggitt Jr. earned his second player of the week honor this week when he was named for special teams. He had a 53-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the loss to the Steamwheelers.
  • Despite the losing streak, the Sugar Skulls’ offense remains atop the league in total yards with an average of 276 per game.

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