Minor League Sports

Cedar Rapids River Kings fall to a winless team for the second week in a row

D-lineman Walter Walker carted off the field during 40-25 loss to the Bismarck Bucks

CEDAR RAPIDS — The final result only added insult to injury.

For the second week in a row, the Cedar Rapids River Kings lost to a winless team. After the Indoor Football League contest, however, the players and coaches were hoping for good news regarding fallen teammate Walter Walker.

With 12:30 left in the game, the defensive lineman — who was signed to the team on April 9 — suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field on a stretcher.

“I think he is going to be all right,” Cedar Rapids Coach Mark Stoute said after the River Kings lost to the Bismarck Bucks, 40-25, in front of a season-low 987 fans Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Center. “We were kind of more precautionary. He got a pretty good stinger, lost feeling for a little bit. I think he is moving all right, but we just wanted to be on the safe side and get him to the doctor, get him to the hospital, make sure everything works out. He had all his motor skills back, so hopefully it is nothing more than a stinger. A pretty bad one.”

On a 2-yard touchdown run by Bismarck quarterback Homer Causey, Walker got cut blocked while rushing around the end and went head-first into the pile and his head snapped down into his chest.

Emergency medical technicians were summoned and the game was delayed nearly 20 minutes.

Neither team scored again once play resumed.

This is the first IFL season for Bismarck (1-6), which spent the two previous seasons in the Champions Indoor Football League. The Bucks surrendered an average of over 58 points per game on defense, yet yielded just 25 to the scuffling River Kings.

“We’ve just got to be able to execute,” Stoute said. “We’re not executing, for whatever reason. We’re not getting snaps off. We continue to have problems, which we have got to get fixed.”

Last week, expansion San Diego got its first franchise win at home against the River Kings.

Cedar Rapids has now started an IFL season 1-7 for the third year in a row despite three different head coaches and three rosters with very little overlap.

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“We’ve got to get the right players in here and start playing football,” Stoute said.

Indoor football

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

Bismarck Bucks 40, Cedar Rapids River Kings 25

Bismarck 6 14 13 7—40

Cedar Rapids 7 10 8 0—25

BIS — William Gibbs 9 pass from Homer Causey (run failed)

CR — Jordan Smith 11 pass from Kurt Palandech (Phillip Nwosu kick)

BIS — Frederick Abraham 21 pass from Homer Causey (Cody Barber kick)

CR — Drake White 2 pass from Kurt Palandech (Phillip Nwosu kick)

BIS — Frederick Abraham 21 pass from John Gibbs (Cody Barber kick)

CR — FG Phillip Nwosu 29

BIS — Homer Causey 5 run (kick blocked)

BIS — Preston Hamlette 3 pass from Homer Causey (Cody Barber kick)

CR — Nate Chavious 1 run (Jordan Smith pass from Kurt Palandech)

BIS — Homer Causey 2 run (Cody Barber kick)

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RUSHING — Bismarck: Homer Causey 6-32, Preston Hamlette 10-31. Cedar Rapids: Nate Chavious 11-16, Kurt Palandech 10-15.

PASSING — Bismarck: Homer Causey 7-11-1-89, John Gibbs 1-1-0-13. Cedar Rapids: Kurt Palandech 20-32-0-165.

RECEIVING — Bismarck: William Gibbs 2-39, Frederick Abraham 2-34, Alex Wheat 2-10, Eric Lauderdale 1-16, Preston Hamelette 1-3. Cedar Rapids: Marquel Wade 9-53, Jordan Smith 5-58, Drake White 5-51, Nate Chavious 1-3.

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