The Saginaw Sting's season came to a quick end on Saturday night at the Dow Event Center. The Continental Indoor Football League's semi-final game was over quickly with the visiting Erie Explosion defeating the Saginaw Sting 46-15. In front of a good crowd at the Dow the Sting scored first with back-up quarterback Sam Landry completing a 6 yard pass to D.J. Marchiando for the 7-0 lead.
The Sting who started the season off with 9-0 record seen the season fall apart after that. The Sting starting quarterback went down with a shoulder injury and the top receiver then signed with a CFL team and was gone. Then they lost the last game of the season to finish 9-1. Then before the playoffs started Head Coach Fred Townsend and his staff resigned which to some injured players coaching the team. I believe that one of the team owners was up in the press box actually calling the plays.
The Erie team lead 22-7 going into the halftime and then ran away with the game ending with the final score of 46-15. Then the Sting lost their backup quarterback with a broken ankle when his shoe got caught on the turf at the Dow. Another Sting player got feed up with the team and left the field of play and exited the arena before the game was over.
The CIFL which is being run by the Saginaw Sting struggled with some of its teams during the season with two of the 10 teams only playing 5 games and another 2 of the teams only playing 8 games. The League will have its work cut out for themselves if it is to make a return in 2015. The Saginaw franchise is a stronger one and its season came unglued right at the end for them. We will have to wait and see what will happen for next season. It is enjoyable to the die hard football fans to have this locally in the Great Lakes Bay region.