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Beef stumble in Wichita, miss playoffs

Omaha Beef / Bloomington Edge

Ralston, NE- Down 54-50 the Beef (7-5) forced a turnover on downs and took possession deep in their own territory. With only 10 seconds left, Joshua Floyd Jr. knew he had just one shot to score. Floyd dropped back and danced in the pocket, trying to buy time for his receivers to get down field for a Hail Mary. The pressure came too quick and Floyd was dropped for a safety as time expired, the game went final, Wichita (10-2) won 56-50.

Even with the heartbreaking loss, Head Coach Cory Ross and his players knew that they still stood a chance at making the playoffs. If Sioux City (7-5) could win their road game at Bloomington (7-5), then Omaha would clinch the number three seed and visit Sioux City for the first round playoff game.

Not having your fate in your own hands can be a bit unnerving. Sitting around waiting to hear if you make the playoffs or if your season is done due to a three way tie can put you on edge. The agonizing wait came to end at 5:39 PM on Sunday when the Tweet was sent out, Bloomington had held off Sioux City’s comeback attempt winning 48-38. Omaha had missed their chance and would now be on the outside looking in for the 2016 playoffs.

It was a tough pill to swallow, knowing you played so well and fell just short. With gut wrenching late losses to Wichita, Bloomington, Chicago and Sioux City it would be easy to look back at this season and think about what could have been, instead though the Beef front office has a feeling of optimism about it. Coach Ross reinvigorated this franchise in the 2016 season when he took a 1-11 team and turned them into a playoff contender, and he isn’t done yet. A championship is the ultimate goal for this hungry franchise, who finished first in the northern division in attendance, up nearly 20% from last season.

There is an excited buzz surrounding the team despite the disappointing end to the season. Coach Ross instilled a stingy defense led by the likes of linebacker Jesse Robertson, defensive linemen Kewan Alfred, Sony Theodate, and Devon Bridges. He built his defense around constant quarterback pressure, and a lockdown secondary. He also established a quick strike offense that could score from anywhere on the field led by quarterback Joshua Floyd Jr, runningback Jeff Mack, and wide receivers Jeremiah Oates and Kayne Farquharson. Between the exciting offense and defense, improved attendance, and an unprecedented turnaround in record it’s easy to see why the excitement is mounting in Omaha.

From all of us here with the Omaha Beef, we would like to sincerely thank all of you. Our devoted fans, our members of the Slaughterhouse, you are an integral part of what makes this organization so special.

The team may finished for the season, but be sure to stay connected to your Omaha Beef on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date on all of our offseason moves. Download our app and keep a look out for our Snapchat profile, which is currently in development. Thank you for another great year, we are looking forward to another great one next year, and remember

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