The Sioux City Bandits are 4-1 heading into Saturday's home game against the Omaha Beef, the only team to beat them in the last three years. If you asked the Bandits, of course, they'd like to be 5-0. They'd also like to be at full strength.
The injury bug has hit the Bandits hard early in the season, sidelining defensive leader Spetlar Tonga. It's also left the squad thin on the offensive line and without the explosive play making ability of receivers Damon Mothershead and Eddie Pertilla.
Quarterback Scott Jensen has been sacked 11 times and the injuries have played a role in the team's offensive struggles.
"It's kind of messed up our timing," Head Coach Erv Strohbeen said. "Some of those, where it looks to be on the offensive line, maybe the receivers weren't quite on the same page, Scott wasn't on the same page with them or the offensive line."
"The frustration is always in the back of your head because you've been with the guys that are hurt right now for the past two, three years and they're not on the field," quarterback Scott Jensen added. "You had all that timing set and now it's off and you have to redo it, but we're hanging in there."
Saturday's game will be Sioux City's first home game in six weeks. The Bandits and Beef kick off at 7:05 at the Tyson Events Center.
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