Due to the heat, kickoff for Saturday’s Missouri Cyclones home Great Midwest Football League game against the Gateway Hawks at Borgia has been pushed back to 7 p.m.
Team officials will be looking to reward one lucky fan at the game. For each $5 paid admission (13-over), fans will receive a raffle ticket for a halftime competition to kick a field goal for a gift card. Fans can buy additional raffle chances for $1 per ticket or six for $5.
Gates will open an hour before kickoff.
The Cyclones (5-1) will be looking to conclude what has turned into a three-game homestand with a positive result against the Hawks (3-3).
Both teams enter competition Saturday holding second place in their respective divisions. The Cyclones are second in the GMFL Gateway Conference Southeastern Division behind the Midwest Chargers. The Chargers are one of only three unbeaten teams in the league and are the only undefeated team in the Gateway Conference.
The Hawks, who lost to the Chargers last week, enter action a game behind the River City Eclipse in the GMFL Gateway Conference Eastern Division.
The Cyclones currently rank fourth in the GMFL power rankings (July 15) at 59.01 points. The Lakeshore Cougars (6-0) are tops at 62.46 while the Detroit Ravens (6-0) rank second at 62.44. The Twin City Dawgs (5-1) are third at 60.56.
Following the Cyclones are the Midwest Chargers (6-0) at 59.01 and the Illinois Blitzing Cowboys (4-2) at 54.12. The Cyclones defeated the Blitzing Cowboys last Saturday at Borgia, 35-20.
The Hawks, this week’s opponent, ranks 20th in the power rankings at 32.37.
Several Cyclones appear among the league leaders in different statistics. According to GMFL numbers, kicker Will Rodriguez leads the league in points by kickers with 38. He has hit seven of 10 field goal attempts and 17 of 18 extra-point attempts. In overall scoring, he ranks fifth.
As a punter, Rodriguez is tied for seventh with an average of 33.7 yards per punt.
Quarterback Clayton Tunney ranks 10th in passing yardage at 682 while completing 44 of 90 attempts. He’s thrown seven touchdowns and three interceptions with a quarterback rating of 131.53. His longest pass so far has been 78 yards.
Daryle Jones of the Cyclones ranks ninth in rushing yardage with 211 yards. He has 56 carries, five touchdowns and a longest run of 25 yards. He’s tied for ninth in scoring with 30 points.
Kelvin Williams ranks sixth in the league in kick returns with 169 yards on four returns. Most of that yardage came on a 90-yard touchdown return.
Evan Brinker of the Cyclones has 35 total tackles, tied for ninth in the league.
Jason Null has posted six sacks, tied for 10th in the league.
The Cyclones have intercepted eight passes this year and returned two for touchdowns, both in the win over the Blitzing Cowboys. Kyle Wagner has three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Devi Greer and Williams have intercepted two passes each. Mac Harris has one interception.
After hosting the Gateway Hawks Saturday, the Cyclones will head to Evansville, Ind., to play the Evansville Enforcers Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. The game will be at F.J. Reitz High School.
The Cyclones defeated Evansville 48-18 at Black Hawk Middle School in Warrenton June 16.
The regular season home finale is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. against the Eastside Justice. The Cyclones won in Belleville, Ill., over the Justice June 23, 28-6.
The regular season finale is set for Saturday, Aug. 11, at Mehlville High School against the Midwest Chargers. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Chargers won at Borgia over the Cyclones in the second week June 9, 15-10.