The Alabama Hammers will look to rebound against the Columbus Lions after dropping the season opener to the Louisiana Swashbucklers 56-49 last Saturday in Louisiana.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday and the game can be heard on Fun 92.7 FM, the fun927.com home page link and at alabamahammers.com. The first 4,000 fans will receive magnetic schedules courtesy of Huntsville Hospital and TOC.
The Swashbucklers led it 42-21 early in the third quarter, but the Hammers rallied behind rookie quarterback Arvell Nelson and his band of receivers. Nelson ran for a short touchdown, hit former UNA star Mico McSwain for a 15-yard score and connected with McSwain again to make it a 49-42 game with just under 10 minutes to play.
Nelson's 1-yard dive and Jamie Whitworth's extra point tied the game at 49-all with just over 2:20 to play, but Louisiana pulled out the victory on ex-Ole Miss running back Kendrick Perry's late 1-yard dive and intercepted Nelson from there to seal the victory.
Nelson finished the game 19-of-41 for 197 yards and four touchdowns. McSwain caught seven passes for 51 yards and three touchdowns.
The Lions (1-1), opened the season with a loss to the Richmond Raiders by a score of 64-58. They then rebounded with a victory the next week with a 64-59 win over the Knoxville Nighthawks.
Lions quarterback Randy Hippeard has led an offense that tops the Professional Indoor Football League in points score per game at 61.0 points per game. The Lions also rank second in the league in passing offense, with 242.0 yards per game. Hippeard leads the league with 12 touchdown passes and has thrown just one interception on the season.