(SAN DIEGO) – The defending four-time champion SoCal Coyotes are underdogs for the first time in the 2016 Southern California Football League season.

Despite shutting out their first two opponents 152-0, and unleashing a league-leading and devastating 1,120 yards of total offense, America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program finds itself a 10-point underdog when the Coyotes (2-0) travel to the undefeated San Diego Nighthawks (2-0) on September 10, in a face-off for early SCFL supremacy.

Strength of schedule – the Nighthawks beat the San Diego Thunder and upset the powerful Inglewood Blackhawks on the road – has one on-line odds-maker predicting the Coyotes first loss of the year by 10 points.

BATTLE OF THE UNDEFEATEDS400The game will be played at historic Lincoln High School, former home to legendary alums and Super Bowl MVPs Terrell Davis and Marcus Allen.

The Coyotes’ vaunted Darkside Defense, which held the Oxnard Seminoles and San Bernardino Raiders to a total of only two first downs and minus-three yards combined (not a misprint), has put up 12 sacks and 14 tackles for loss over eight quarters.

Stats from all SCFL teams can be viewed by visiting HostedSports.com.

The Nighthawks offensive line, meanwhile, is acclaimed as the best in the SCFL. The Coyotes will answer with a defensive line that includes rookie NFL prospect Kwame Bell, and Arizona State defensive end Jake Sheffield, the team’s all-time sack leader (53).

The stage is set for an epic showdown between the #1 Coyotes versus the #2 Nighthawks. With the Raiders and Blackhawks now knocked from their lofty perches, this game represents a major reshuffling of the deck among SCFL powers-to-be, while the also-undefeated Vegas Trojans wait their turn.

The Coyotes have begun preparation for a swarming Nighthawks defense that has held opponents to only 15 points. San Diego’s offense is led by quarterback Rudy Johnson, who starred collegiately at Winston-Salem State, and is as much a threat on the ground as he is through the air.

The Coyotes are led offensively by league-leading All-American rookies Dylan Peebles, who has rushed for 220 yards, and quarterback Jacob Russell, who has thrown for 654 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“The Nighthawks are a superbly coached, hungry football team, and a great organization,” said Coyotes head coach J David Miller. “If our players think this is a trip to the beach, we’re going to get embarrassed.”
-Scott Alvarez, Quality Control & Director of Film

CONVEYOR BELT OF CHARACTER – The four-time champion SoCal Coyotes non-profit sports leadership organization is a conveyor belt of character, competence, and connection, delivering life-changing leadership skills to more than 30,000 Coachella Valley youth each year through an array of programs, camps, clinics and expos.

PUNT, PASS AND KICK -The Coyotes will host the annual Palm Springs Boys & Girls Club Punt, Pass & Kick on Saturday, September 17.

SEVENTY PLAYERS EACH YEAR earn the distinction of ‘Defending the Shield’ in the uniform of the SoCal Coyotes. Many will earn a shot with NFL, CFL or AFL opportunities, or graduate into business careers.

FAITH, FAMILY, FOOTBALL is the real mission of the Coyotes – and not surprisingly, something that dates back to the great Vince Lombardi in 1959. More than game tape. More than a weight room. More than a 40 time. The Coyote mission reaches far beyond the actual gridiron, deep into the development of young athletes as fathers, husbands, and men.

DISCOVER how The Pro Football Educator, operated by former Denver Broncos GM and two-time Super Bowl winner Ted Sundquist, selected the SoCal Coyotes as America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program.

Visit www.thesocalcoyotes.com.

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