The NEPA Miners were originally scheduled to play the New Jersey Bravehearts in non-league action June 29 before receiving a call that the Bravehearts may not be operating in 2013. The NEPA Miners will take advantage of the time off after dropping their first pre-season game 3-13 to the Western Connecticut Militia. Miners Head Coach Darrin McDowell will utilize the practice time to jump start the offense and evaluate the Quarterback competition between JP Antosh and Cameron Beatty.
The Miners also hope to grind the ball more with Ahmad Shuler who led the team with 52 yards averaging 4.0 a carry and with Antonio Brown and other young running backs getting more practice time. The team is very deep at linebacker and may get deeper with the debut of former Iowa State Alumni and Green Bay Packer Mike Bibbs along with former Lehigh Valley Storm standout Bryant Martin who recently signed with the ball club.
Both the Linebacker and wide receiver positions are competitive for the NEPA Miners. On game day the Miners had some standout performances to build on with nine tackles and two sacks by defensive end Cory Homer and 11 tackles by linebacker Donovan Palmer. David Castillo and Tony Terry led the special teams with explosive runs, giving the Miners good field position throughout the game, one setting up a Tim Kropa Field Goal for the Miners only points.
During this time off the Miners will be unveiling their new 2013 Under Armour Uniforms, a promotional event is in the works and will be announced soon. Fans may purchase Miners season tickets and merchandise online at www.nepaminers.com or at Sports Fever inside the Mall at Steamtown.