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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saginaw Sting & Chris Kollias Ultimately Prevail

The Ultimate Indoor Football League's inaugural season concluded Friday night with the Ultimate Bowl. The Saginaw Sting became the league's first champions with an 86-69 win over the Eastern Kentucky Drillers. Sure there were lots of touchdowns, but the highlight of the game (as always) was the kicking. We caught up with Sting kicker Chris Kollias for a few questions:

How does it feel to be UIFL champs?
"It's a great feeling. As a team we went through a lot of ups and downs and all the guys stuck together. Eastern Kentucky played a great game but we just weren't going to be beat."
Can you tell us about the 55 yarder?
"It was actually 52. I had practiced kicking from distance alot in practice this week and pre-game. I was very confident going out there to attempt it. I got a great snap and hold and knocked it through. It was definitely the biggest field goal I ever kicked and it showed in my celebration. It was in the coaching staff's opinion a huge momentum shift."
Before the season we asked you about the adjustments in kicking indoors. Having now been through the full season, is there anything you like to expand on or to add to your original answer?
"The biggest thing was adjusting to driving the ball. I finally got used to it during the end of the season. Kicking is still kicking, you just have to be skilled enough to adjust your kick to your surroundings. I worked hard and it all came together by season's end."

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