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Stampede Beats Cape Fear Wins AIF Championship


FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina — Quarterback E.J. Nemeth accounted for three key touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Harrisburg Stampede claimed its first-ever American Indoor Football championship with a 57-42 victory over the Cape Fear Heroes at Crown Arena.
Harrisburg (8-2, 7-2 AIF) had lost three of its last four meetings against Cape Fear, the defending league champs.

Nemeth scored on two quarterback keepers and then hit running back Victor Sesay on an 11-yard scoring strike with 2:19 remaining. Nemeth’s one-yard run earlier with 4:49 left gave Harrisburg a 49-28 lead.

The game was tied 20-20 at halftime.

The Stampede’s league title is the first for a Harrisburg/Hershey professional sports team since the 2009-2010 Hershey Bears hockey club won the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup.

Harrisburg’s indoor football team is in its first full season under the control of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, a native of Susquehanna Township. Colston attended the championship game.

Cape Fear (7-2) had owned a 2-1 lead in the season series against the Stampede, including a 52-37 victory on May 25 in Fayetteville. Harrisburg won 39-30 at Cape Fear on April 20; while the Heroes also defeated the Stampede 38-36 on May 11 at the PA Farm Show. Harrisburg also lost to the Heroes in last season’s conference final.

Comeback From Cancer: Stampede Coach Takes Team To Title Game


HARRISBURG – It’s not easy fighting for a championship. It’s not easy fighting cancer, either.
Harrisburg Stampede head coach Bernie Nowotarski has done both for the past 16 months and is now one win away from claiming an elusive American Indoor Football title.

Nowotarski was diagnosed in February 2012 with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. He still coached the team last season while undergoing painful treatments.

The Stampede hoped to win a title.

It didn’t.

Harrisburg was defeated by Cape Fear in the conference finals.

It was an emotional loss for a man who’d been through so much, so quickly.

The Stampede faces Cape Fear again Saturday — this time for the league championship in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Game time at the Crown Coliseum is 7:30 p.m.

Anyone dealing with cancer knows they are never fully out of the woods.

But being around football helps Nowotarski deal with his situation.

“These guys give me the inspiration to be here all the time,” said Nowotarski on Tuesday, before the team’s practice at the PA Farm Show. “During the week, I go to my doctor and I do the things I’m supposed to do. I take the mega-handfuls of pills that I have to take everyday.

“I never let them know that I’m hurting or tired or what not.”

Harrisburg is 1-3 against the Heroes in its last four meetings, including two losses this season — one in North Carolina and the other at the Farm Show.

Bringing back a championship to Harrisburg would wipe the slate clean.

“I’m sure he has a lot of emotion going on right now,” said linebacker Jermaine Thaxton of Nowotarski. “Him and his family, I know they have high hopes for us to to go down there and win this game.”

Since his diagnosis, however, Nowotarski has never once made winning about him.

He says it’s about the players. It’s about the team. It’s about the organization.

“All I want is the best for them.”

Rolling With The Stampede {Season 3} Ep. 5

In this episode of ‘Rolling with the Stampede’ the boys takes you behind the scenes during their Fayetteville, NC visit. You’ll be surprised what talent your Stampede embodies. Some like to rap, engage in eating contests, and oh boy, see what the boys have to say about who the real STAR of the show is.

Who’s your STAR of Rolling with the Stampede? Sound off in the comments below!

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Harrisburg Stampede Outlast York Capitals Earn Trip to Title Game


WHPTV – Stampede quarterback E.J. Nemeth didn’t play a perfect game, but grit and clutch play can atone for mistakes in arena football.

Harrisburg’s signal caller overcame three interceptions against a much improved York team, to lead his Stampede to a 51-41 playoff win and earn the opportunity to play for the league championship next week.

With York leading 41-40 early in the final quarter following a Capitals turnover, Nemeth rushed for the go-ahead and eventual game winning touchdown.

The Stampede held off the Capitals scoreless on their next two possessions to clinch the playoff win.

Next up, the Stampede will travel to Fayetteville North Carolina to face the Cape Fear Heroes for the AIF Championship.

Rolling With The Stampede [Season 3 Ep.4]

In this episode the Stampede, 7-1, show just how diverse they can be by hanging out and showing much love to their fans.

Check out the boys doing what they do best, behind the scenes that is, as they continue their journey on to winning the Eastern Conference.

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Stampede Offers Free Bowling Fun on Fan Appreciation Day {VIDEO}


SWATARA TOWNSHIP — Instead of rolling with the Stampede, some die-hard fans were bowling with the Stampede.
The Harrisburg Stampede held its first-ever Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday at ABC East Lanes with both free bowling and free food for fans of the American Indoor Football team.

“With football you don’t always get to see guys with their helmets off,” said team owner Marques Colston, a Susquehanna Township High School graduate and wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. “Events like this are definitely great for the fans to really get to know the guys from under the helmets.

“We definitely had a good time with that today.”

Players signed photos as well as the team’s new trading cards during a special autograph session.

Harrisburg’s final home game of the regular season is May 11 against Cape Fear, the defending champs of AIF. The Stampede (6-0, 5-0 AIF) overcame a slow start to beat the Heroes 39-30 on April 20 in Feyetteville, North Carolina.

The Stampede players not only enjoyed interacting with the fans, but also appreciated being with each other — outside of team meetings, practices and games.

“It was so much fun,” said running back Eugene Goodman. “Everybody had a good time. You know I had to come out as one of the winners (in bowling).

“It was a just a great atmosphere and it was good for team camaraderie.”