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July 31, 2014

Cutters Seek Redemption

    BLOOMINGTON, IN— The Indiana Cutters host the team who handed them their first loss in the first game of the season on this Saturday, The Evansville Enforcers. The Cutters have a record of 4-4 and the pressure is on to make a playoff appearance.

It’s no secret that the Cutters have been waiting for this rematch since they left Enlow Field in Evansville on May 31st. While the Cutters still remain in the top half of the power rankings in the CRFL, the Enforcers are currently ranked first with a record of 6-1. The Enforcers have also secured a playoff spot already. It seems that the Enforcers have only gotten better but the Cutters have as well.

“We are a different team than the first time we played them. We are coming off a great win versus the Renegades and we are eager to see how we stack up to a very good Evansville team,” said head coach Eric Anderson.

At the position the Enforcers are in, as well as, the Cutters, a win over the Enforcers could surely turn some heads. The Cutters have the perfect chance to do just that with this home game. 

Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at Bloomington South High School on August 2nd. Adults are $6 and children 12 and under are free. We would like all youth football teams to come out and celebrate Saturday’s game with us! Your team and players in attendance will be announced at halftime if you provide the name of your team and the names of the players in attendance. Come support your local semi-pro football team as they protect the house and seek redemption against the Evansville Enforcers.

July 29, 2014

Cutters Victorious on Rain Delay

    BLOOMINGTON, IN— The Indiana Cutters came out with a win this past Saturday against the Indy Renegades with a score of 21-0 after the game was called because of inclement weather in the third quarter. The Cutters no have a record of 4-4 and have kept their playoff hopes alive.

This was the first time the Cutters have faced the Indy Renegades so the first possession was a matter of getting to know each other. Once all the acquaintances were in order, the Cutters went to work. On their next offense drive, the Cutters slowly but successfully drove their way down field until Dominique Robinson ran one in from five yards out to give the Cutters a score of 7-0 with under a little over a minute in the first quarter. The Steel Curtain that is the Indiana Cutters’ defense stayed true to its name and allowed an extreme minimum of yardage for the Renegades. This allowed the Cutters’ offense to do more work and quarterback Lyle Feigenbaum answered with a 65 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Anchrum to put the Cutters up 13-0 with ten minutes to go in the first half. As the Renegades continued to struggle with the Cutters’ defense, Feigenbaum and the Cutters’ offense pushed another touchdown in on another short run from Robinson that put the Cutters up 21-0 at the end of the first half.

After a short halftime to avoid the bad weather, the gameplay could not escape what was to come. With five minutes left in the third quarter the officials called the game and the Cutters were triumphant. For a good chance at playoff appearance the Cutters must win the next two games.

The Cutters look to continue their winning against the Evansville Enforcers who gave them their first loss of the season. The Cutters play at home at Bloomington South High School on August 2nd.  

Cutters Play Crucial Game in Bedford This Week

July 24, 2014    

    BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters take on the Indy Renegades this Saturday at Parkview Intermediate School in Bedford. The Renegades have the same record as the Cutters, 3-4, so that makes this game important for both parties in terms of a playoff appearance.

The Cutters are on a three game losing streak that they’re hungry to break with a potential win over the Renegades. The two teams also share similar losses in that the Renegades have also been beaten by the Evansville Enforcers and the Marion County Crusaders. 

With only three weeks left in the regular season, a few teams have secured a playoff position, but the Cutters are not one of them. The Cutters have to win their next three games to have a reasonable chance at the CRFL playoffs.  They plan on starting this week against the Renegades.

This Satruday's game will mark the first time the Cutters have played in Bedford.  This year the Cutters have two players from Bedford on the team - Cornerback Jake Adams and defensive lineman Cody Medlock.  

Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at Parkview Intermediate School, 2024 16th Street, Bedford.  Adults are $6 - children 12 and under are free.

July 21, 2014

Cutters Take Frustrating Loss in Ft. Wayne

      BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters lost to the Indiana Cardinals 28-6 this past Saturday. This was the Cutters second consecutive game against an undefeated team this season. Although the Cutters now have a losing record of 3-4, their chances for a playoff appearance are still alive.

The Cardinals controlled the first half and set the tempo of the game with a quick interception which they capitalized on by scoring the first touchdown of the game. The Cutter’s defense had multiple stops but the Cutter’s offense was only able to take advantage of field position once when quarterback L.J. Jones pushed in a touchdown from three yards out. Meanwhile the Cardinals scored two more times off interceptions and fumbles from the Cutter’s offense leaving the score 20-6 at the end of the first half.

The Cutters still remained confident and were determined to take nothing less than a victory at the start of the first half. After the Cutter’s defense successfully forced the Cardinals to punt, it was time for the offense to get on the board again and start their comeback. The Cutter’s confidence and morale took a blow on the second play of their first drive of the second half when L.J. Jones was hit hard and knocked unconscious while running the ball.  Running back Stephen Croom stepped in as quarterback for the remainder of the second half and made an admirable performance but it wasn’t quite enough for a Cutter’s victory. With three minutes left in the game, the Cardinals intercepted the ball again and scored making a final score of 28-6.

Although injury-stricken with a losing record, the Cutters' will hasn’t been broken and they’re still determined to “play like champions”, as head coach Eric Anderson put it. Come support your team, next Saturday against the Indy Renegades at Parkview Middle School, Bedford, IN 47421.

July 17, 2014

Cutters Travel to Ft. Wayne

    BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters football team will travel to Ft. Wayne this Saturday to face the undefeated Indiana Cardinals. This is the second consecutive undefeated team the Cutters will have faced.  Last week the Cutters came from behind at home only to lose the lead to the still undefeated Ohio Crush by a score of 21-15. The Cardinals are currently ranked 1st in the Northwest Division and tied for 6th place in the CRFL power rankings.

After their loss against the Ohio Crush, the Cutters are 3-3 and looking for a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Only the top four teams from the Southern Conference will make the playoffs.  The Cutters are currently tied for third place with two other teams - the Marion County Crusaders and the Marion County Rockets.

For the second straight week, the Cutters will  be without starting quarterback Robbie Colon.  Backup quarterback LJ Jones is expected to get the start.

"Every game is a playoff game for us now," according to Cutters head coach Eric Anderson. 

Kickoff is at 4 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School in Fort Wayne.  Fans can follow the game on Twitter @cuttersfootball.

July 12, 2014

Cutters Fall to the Crush

     BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters took their first loss at home to the undefeated Ohio Crush 21-15. The Cutters now have a record of 3-3.

The Cutters came out in the first half ready for a battle and that’s what they got. The Cutters defense was unable to hold the Crush successfully which resulted in the first touchdown of the game. A few crucial mistakes by the offense caused the second touchdown for the Crush on a returned interception. The Cutter’s offense had many key plays that produced big yardage but were unable to get over the goal line. The Cutters came within five yards of a scoring opportunity but the clock ran out at the end of the first half. It was clear that the Crush controlled the pace of the first half.

At the start of the second half, the Cutters came out with their heads up and controlled the ball for almost the entire 3rd quarter which allowed LJ Jones to sneak into the end zone from 3 yards out. After a 2 pt conversion from Stevon Croom the score stood at 14 to 8.   A huge interception by D.J. Sanders on the next drive, kept the momentum going. Following the pick the Cutters came up big on 65 yard pass from quarterback L.J. Jones to Anthony Anchrum that put the Cutters on top 15-14 with ten minutes to go in the game.

For the next 6 minutes the teams were at a stale mate.  After a few punts from both teams the Crush took possession around their own 20.  Behind a couple key 3rd down conversions the Crush drove the ball deep into Cutters territory and scored on a perfectly executed screen pass. After the extra point, the away team gained the lead at 21 to 15.

On the ensuing kick off, Anthony Anchrum gave the Cutters good field position around mid field. The offense picked up a quick first down courtesy of Derek Harris and it looked like the offense would continue to click.  However the Cutters stalled and decided to punt with three minutes left. The coverage team downed Troy Thomas's punt inside 10 yard line.  The defense stood strong once again and forced the punt with just under 2 minutes to go.

Trying to make a play, veteran punt returner Shawon Gray was unable to get a handle on the ball and it was recovered by the Crush. This was the final chance the home team would have, as the Crush took to a knee to ice the game.

The final score of this game alone proved that the Cutters gave the Ohio Crush the hardest game of their season. A few too many mistakes and penalties hindered the Cutters from a victory. After four quarters of football, the Cutters left it all out on the field but came up short.

The Cutters are back in action next Saturday against the Indiana Cardinals at Lakeside Middle School in Fort Wayne. 

 

July 10, 2014

Cutters to Face Undefeated Crush

     BLOOMINGTON, IN— The Indiana Cutters will face their toughest opponent yet, in the Ohio Crush. The Crush are currently leading the South Conference, are undefeated on the season and rank first in the power rankings for the entire league.

The Cutters are anxious to get back on the field after their tough loss to the Marion County Crusaders two weeks ago. Although the odds may be stacked against Bloomington’s semi-pro football team, the Crush have to travel to Bloomington to face the Cutters. The Cutters know what style they want to play and are undefeated at home.

With the help of the Bloomington community, the Cutters will strive to play their best football yet this season and deliver the Ohio Crush their first loss of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bloomington South High School. Adult tickets are $6 and children 12 and under get in free. Come support your Indiana Cutters!

June 28, 2014

Cutters Lose on the Road

       BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters took a 21-14 loss in Indianapolis this weekend to their rival team, The Marion County Crusaders.

 Both defenses stood strong at the beginning of the game.  At the end of the first quarter, the game was scoreless.  When the second quarter started, the action started to pick up. The Crusaders got on the board first but the Cutters quickly came back and Robbie Colon found Anthony Anchrum in the end zone on a 25 yard pass. 

The Crusaders intercepted the ball late in the second quarter deep in Cutters' territory and scored quickly making the score 14-8 at half.

 In the second half penalties on the Cutters stalled several drives.  However, late in the third quarter Robbie Colon ran the read option play to perfection and scampered off the right side for a 20 yard touchdown.  The Cutters try for 2 failed and the game was knotted up at 14 - 14.

Midway through the fourth quarter the Crusaders recovered a Cutters fumble and moved the ball down to the 10 yard line.  On third and goal the Crusaders completed a fade pass in the left corner of the end zone and took the lead 21-14.

The Cutters defense stiffened and forced the Crusaders to punt from deep in their own territory late in the game.  The Cutters took the ball with just under a minute left in the game and were marching for a tying or winning score.  On third down from the Crusaders 25 yard line Colon lofted a pass into the right side of the end zone intended for Jermaine Fears.  Double coverage by the Crusaders resulted in an interception by safety Monsanto Love.  The Crusaders took a knee to run out the clock and seal the victory.

The loss puts the Cutters at 3 -2 in Crossroads Football League play.  They are tied for third in the South Conference.  The Cutters look to rebound at home on July 12th against the undefeated Ohio Crush.

June 21, 2014

Cutters Trounce Legionnaires

      BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters defeated the Lewisburg Legionnaires this Saturday 54-6. This is the Cutter’s third win in a row since their loss to the Evansville Enforcers in the first game of the season. The Cutters now have a record of 3-1.

The Legionnaires were the first to answer when they recovered their own fumble that was forced by linebacker Bobby Burton. The Cutters weren’t shaken though. The Cutter’s offense scored on every drive after in the first half. Quarterback Robbie Colon first connected with wide receiver Shawon Gray for a touchdown pass from nearly 35 yards out. Then again Colon connected with wide receiver Anthony Anchrum for another touchdown pass from 40 yards out. This same pattern continued throughout the first half when Colon connected with the same wide receivers again before the end of the first half. Two point conversions were added from Derek Harris, Robbie Colon, and Andrew Diesel.

The Cutters came out in the second half even stronger. The Cutter’s defense didn’t allow the Legionnaires to get within at least thirty yards of the endzone while quarterback Lyle Feighenbaum and his offense added on another 16 points. Free Safety Nick Land also tacked on two more interceptions during the game.

The Cutters traveled to Dayton and played four full quarters of football and were able to continue their win streak. The action picks up again next Saturday for the Cutters when they travel to Indianapolis to face the Marion County Crusaders. The Cutters defeated the Crusaders early in the season which started their win streak. The Cutters look to do the same in Indianapolis.   

 

June 15, 2014

Cutters Grab Another Win at Home

          BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters pulled off another win at home against the Michiana Thunderhawks by a score of 20-7. The Cutters are now 2-1 on the season with a winning record and are headed in the right direction for a successful season.

The Cutters were able to get on the board first by a knuckleball punt that was amazingly caught by linebacker Bob Magiera who ran it back 30 yards. Derek Harris ran in the two point conversion to put the Cutters up 8-0 in the first quarter.

 In the second quarter the Cutters were able to answer again when quarterback Lyle Feigenbaum, in his first start in semi-pro football, connected with wide receiver Jermaine Fears on a 29 yard touchdown pass.  The Cutters were also able to add an onside kick recovery after that drive but were unable to convert.

The Cutters defense stayed true to their “steel curtain” vibe and didn’t allow the Thunderhawks within 20 yards of the goal line in the first half. At the end of the first half the Cutters were supporting a potential shut out with a 14-0 lead.

The Thunderhawks were able to score in just four minutes after the Cutters fumbled the ball at the start of the second half. When a second fumble occurred on the Cutter’s next possession, the defense was able to force a fumble which was recovered by defensive lineman Micheal Cupp. This looked to be the opportunity to for the Cutters to extend their lead but the Thunderhawks intercepted the ball on the next play.

It was a stagnant second half for both teams that showed each defense was stout. However, the Cutters were able put together another successful drive in the fourth quarter. Feigenbaum found wide receiver Andrew Diesel in the end-zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass that put the Cutters up 20-7.

The Cutters move on to play the Legionaires in Dayton, Ohio next Saturday, June 21st. If you would like a play by play of the game, follow the Cutter’s twitter profile: @cuttersfootball. 

June 6, 2014

Cutters Protect the House- Shutout Crusaders

          BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters got their first win of the season against the Marion County Crusaders in a shutout score of 22-0. The Cutters are now have a record of 1-1 on the season.

            The Cutters were very focused on responding appropriately after their first loss of the regular season of the Evansville Enforcer. The team knew what they had to do and they executed successfully. The Cutters started on defense but with only three minutes of play into the game, Safety Nick Land intercepted the ball. Land had two of the four total interceptions on the game. The Cutters were then able to create a drive led by quarterback Robbie Colon who ran the ball in on a 2 yard carry. The Cutters defense came through again and forced the Crusaders to punt the ball to Shawon Gray who ran it back 68 yards for another touchdown, but Gray still wasn’t done. On their next offensive drive, Colon found Gray on a 24 yard pass that put the Cutters up 22-0. This was only the first half.

            When the second half started, the Cutters came out determined to keep the tone they had created in the first half, but a series of flags on both sides of the ball hindered them from doing so. The defense had an impressive stand on the 3 yard line that resulted in the third interception by Justin Carter on a Crusaders fourth down. The team made it very clear that they wanted a shutout.

            The team who played this past Saturday was a completely different Cutters team in all the right ways. They were able to put together several successful offensive drives. They were smart on defense. The most important aspect of this win according to head coach Eric Anderson was that they came together as a team and played four quarters of football.

            The Cutters had their first taste of victory and they won’t be stopping there.

“Good is the enemy of great,” said Coach Anderson,” this is one game and we still have a ton to improve on.”

            The Cutters take on the Michiana Thunderhawks at Bloomington South High School on June 14 and hope to protect the house again.

June 1, 2014

Cutters Take Loss in Season Opener

            BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Indiana Cutters suffered their first loss of the regular season against the Evansville Enforcers last night. After four quarters, the Cutters were only able to drive down the field successfully one time leaving a score of 25-6 in favor of Evansville.

            Although the Cutters have never played Evansville before, they came out and set a tone in the first half. Much like their preseason game, the Cutters had a very strong and promising first half but that momentum slowly died out after halftime. The Enforcers were first to score but the Cutters defense bounced back when their offense struggled. At the beginning of the second quarter, quarterback Robbie Colon connected with wide receiver Trevor Axsom for a 12 yard touchdown pass putting the Cutters behind by only one after a failed two point conversion attempt. It was a gritty back and forth game for the rest of the half, but the Cutters looked like they had enough to pull out a win.

            After the half, it was the as if the Cutters lost their edge. The end result was much like their preseason game against the Indianapolis Tornadoes; same story different game. After a blocked punt by the Enforcers that allowed them to easily score late in the third quarter, it was all downhill for the Cutters. The Enforcers continued to score two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter while the Cutters struggled to find a way down field.

            Perhaps the story of this game isn’t what it appears to be. A first look shows that the Cutters couldn’t stack up to the new Evansville Enforcers, but a look from the inside shows a different result. Veteran Cutters linebacker Andre Key says it was all about intensity.

            “We didn’t come out ready to play from the whistle. We got started a little late and at half time they jumped on us,” says Key, “It was a complete shut out of intensity on their end.”

            The talent of this team is staggering but judging by this game and the opinion of most on the team, the Cutters need to find a way to “gel” as head coach Eric Anderson put it. The story of this game is that the Enforcers weren’t an unbeatable team, but the Cutters are still in the process of finding themselves and ultimately what they truly want out of this season.

            This problem for the Cutters can be fixed.  There’s still ten games to play and a whole summer for the Cutters to mesh as a team and be successful in this league. Despite the negatives of this game, the morale in the locker room showed that this team was already set to improve, move on to their next game, and improve. The resilience of the Cutters makes this season a hopeful one.

The Cutters have a week to recuperate.  They open at home on  June 7th against the Marion County Crusaders at Bloomington South.

May 29, 2014 

Cutters Take on Enforcers for Season Opener

            BLOOMINGTON, IN—Bloomington’s Indiana Cutters open their season in Evansville, Indiana against the Evansville Enforcers this Saturday May 31st at Enlow Field. This is the Cutters first game against a team in the Crossroads Football League (CRFL).

            After coming off of a devastating loss in their pre-season game against the Indianapolis Tornadoes, the Cutters are eager to show the Enforcers and the CRFL how they play football. This will be the first time these two teams have met, but the Cutters know exactly what they need to do.

            “We just have to play the football we know we can play,” says quarterback Robbie Colon, “We need to play smart, composed and put four quarters together.”

            The Cutters have had three weeks since their loss to Indianapolis to prepare for this season opener. The team took their loss and turned it into momentum in practice for a good game against the Enforcers. Although there may be some distractions for the Cutters in their season opener, head coach Eric Anderson has looked past that.

            “There’s no pressure really; it’s just more so anxiousness. Our guys are ready to get back out there after that loss and I’m just really anxious to see how we’re going to come together and respond.”

            Kickoff is set for 7:00 P.M. Evansville time.

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Cutters Suffer Huge Loss in Preseason Game

            The Indiana Cutters were served a devastating 44-0 loss in their preseason game against the Indianapolis Tornadoes yesterday. This was the Cutters first game of the season against a team who isn’t in the Crossroads Football League.

            The first half proved that both teams were very evenly matched. The Cutter’s defense was the first to make a statement when they held the Tornadoes at the 1-yard line and got the ball back after 4th down. However, the Tornadoes were first to draw blood with a 30- yard pass touchdown. The Cutters also lost the very valuable wide receiver, Jahkeen Gilmore, to a possible rib injury. At the end of the first half, the Indianapolis Tornadoes were up 7-0.

            When play continued, the game became a tale of two halves. The Tornadoes scored on their first possession as the Cutters continued to struggle to put together an offense. With their defense also staggering, the bad luck also continued to pile up for the Cutters. The Tornadoes scored three more times in the 3rd quarter. Offensive lineman, Seth Mackin, went down with a massive back injury with five minutes left in the 3rd quarter that required medical transportation to the hospital and fellow offensive linemen Chris Tindell suffered a neck injury at the end of play that also required an ambulance. The Cutters were also forced into a safety and an interception in the second half.

            Bruised and beaten physically, the Cutters never gave up and continued to fight in a game that could be considered a lackluster start to a football season. The Cutters showed their true warrior spirit that demonstrated clearly that this team simply won’t back down no matter what. Head Coach Eric Anderson also showed his warrior spirit when asked what his thoughts were on the game. “There’s a lot to work on, but we would’ve had a lot to work on win or lose so we’ll get back to practicing hard and be ready for the 31st.”

            The Cutters kick off their official first season game when they travel to southern Indiana to face Evansville Enforcers in Evansville at Enlow Field on May 31st. The action starts at 7:00 P.M. Evansville time.

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April 16, 2014

Cutter's Pre-Season Game Announced

The Indiana Cutters will play the Indianapolis Tornados in a pre-season game on Saturday, May 10th at Martinsville High School. At halftime, both teams will honor Martinsville High School graduate and the 1996 “Mr. Football”, Israel Thompson. Thompson played for both the Tornados and the Cutters. The May 10th game will be the very first meeting between these two teams - both considered to be at the pinnacle of semi-pro football. The Tornados won the NAFL national championship in 2008. The Cutters won the IFL championship in 2008, 2009, and 2013. Thompson, a running back, played for the Tornados prior to 2007 when he joined the Cutters and played for three years. Thompson hung up his cleats after the 2009 season."Israel Thompson's passion for the game is at the heart of semi-pro football," said Cutters head coach Eric Anderson. "We love this game because it stirs in each one of us that same passion."Pre-game activities begin at 5:00 pm on May 10th. Kick-off is set for 7:00pm.

February 7, 2014

Cutters Combine Set for March 8th

The Cutters will hold their annual pre-season agility combine for all new and returning players. The NFL style combine will test athletes in the bench-press, 40 yard sprint, standing broad jump, and 5-10-5 short shuttle run. Players are asked to wear shorts/t-shirt, and bring both cleats and sneakers. The combine will be hosted from 1-4 pm at an indoor facility on turf located at the "Warehouse" 1525 S Rogers St., Bloomington, IN 47403. There will be a $20 try-out fee that will go towards that person's player fee. Players will also be signing their player contracts and those who wish to pay their player fees may do so at this time. Payment in cash, credit, or check will be accepted. There will be a pig roast for the grand opening of the facility so come hungry for some pork and another championship!

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