INDOOR FOOTBALL: Fuller, Axemen look to end season on a positive note
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Axemen will look to end its inaugural season on a high by snapping a four-game losing skid tonight in Green Bay.
Extra motivation for head coach Robert Fuller could be found in the opponent, as he was fired from the Blizzard last season, but he downplayed that notion and said no extra motivation is needed other than to win.
“Our focus is just preparing the best we can to go 1-0 on this last weekend,” Fuller said. “We want to end the season on a high note.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Resch Center.
The win will not be an easy task for the skidding Axemen (5-8), who have recently learned that records are not a tell-all indicator. Fuller said Green Bay (1-12) has been playing well down the stretch.
“Green Bay is playing outstanding football right now,” Fuller said. “Nate Wara is playing as good as any quarterback in the league. It will definitely be a challenge for us.”
The Blizzard nearly handed the Colorado Ice its fourth loss of the season in their last game, but fell short in a 49-47 loss.
Wara threw for 250 yards and five touchdowns in the losing effort.
In the previous game, Green Bay scored 57 points to defeat a Cedar Rapids Titans team that went 3-0 against the Axemen this season.
“We are going to need to put up points to win this game,” Fuller said. “That will be a challenge for us. With all of the turnover within the roster and the injuries, we have had to keep things pretty basic.”
Bemidji’s last victory came in Green Bay on May 3, it was the second of back-to-back victories over the Blizzard to help move above .500 at 5-4.
Since the 66-61 win, the Axemen have lost several players due to various reasons, and in turn, have lost all four games since.
Fuller does not want his team to use the roster moves as an excuse, but instead wants to embrace one final opportunity to play a game this season.
“We have ended up bringing in a lot of players in the second half of the season, and to their credit, they have put in a lot of work to learn our system and execute the game plan,” Fuller said. “It has been refreshing because the new players offer a fresh sense of enthusiasm for the opportunity.
“These guys can never lose sight of the opportunity that they have to play the game that they love,” Fuller added.