Hoping to put an end to a three game losing streak, the New York Streets (3-4) are back in action this Saturday night when they host the Columbus Lions (2-5) at the Westchester County Center (7pm MSG). After starting the season 3-1, the Streets have fallen under .500 but they are still sitting in a playoff spot tied with the Massachusetts Pirates for the final two postseason positions.
But the Streets just want to stop the bleeding and get back to their winning ways.
“Our team needs a gut check,” said Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “The Lions will certainly provide it this week.”
The Lions are on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs are concerned but they are only one game out of a postseason position and they certainly have a history that would suggest that they shouldn’t be counted out this season Columbus was a charter member of the National Arena League in 2017 and they reached the championship game in each of the first two NAL seasons.
“Coach (Jason) Gibson and his Lions are a storied team and have been operating at a high level for a long time.”
The Lions franchise, based in Columbus, Georgia, began back in 2006 as a member of the WIFL and would later play in the AIFA, SIFL, PIFL and American Indoor Football in 2016 before joining the NAL in 2017. They are led by quarterback Luke Collis who has thrown for 1542 yards and 32 touchdowns. His favorite target is wide receiver Bones “Agent Zero” Bagaunte who has 43 catches for 345 yards and nine touchdown receptions.
Defensively, the Lions are ranked third in the NAL in scoring defense giving up 47 points per game. In his second start of the season, Streets quarterback David Legree will certainly have to be on his toes with the Columbus defense led by former Auburn linebacker Greg Hall Jr who has 27.5 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Legree is expected to make his second career indoor football start after completing 12 out of 27 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Carolina.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing with my guys,” said Legree who also had four touchdown runs last week against the Cobras.
Rob Jones continues to lead the Streets with 55 catches for 683 yards and 16 touchdowns while Devonte Jenkins has 43 catches for 181 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensive back Juwan Haynes leads the Streets defense with 29.5 tackles.
It’s a huge game for the Streets who are hoping to regain the swagger they had earlier in the season.
“We have very high expectations to which we must meet,” said Marsilio.
To break the losing the streak and to start to feel like a team that content for a title, the Streets must find a way to shut down a team that already knows what it’s like to reach the NAL’s championship game.
The Streets are back in action this Saturday June 15th when they host the Columbus Lions at the Westchester County Center. Kickoff is at 7pm and to celebrate Father’s Day one night earlier, all dads are being offered complimentary admission. If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch all of the action live on MSG Network.
New York Streets individual game tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. For season and group ticket information, call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.