Nebraska Danger

Years of Existence: 2011-
Venue: Heartland Events Center (Grnad Island, NE)
2011 -
2012 -
2013 - Intense Conference champions, United Bowl appearance
2014 - Intense Conference champions, United Bowl appearance
2015 - Intense Conference champions, United Bowl appearance
2016 - Semifinal appearance
2017 - Playoff appearance
2018 - Playoff appearance
2019 - Semifinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 69-73
Home: 42-25
Away: 27-48
Playoffs: 5-7
Average Attendance: 3,054

The Nebraska Danger joined the IFL as an expansion team for 2011. IFL star quarterback Dixie Wooten led the team, throwing for 27 touchdowns and 13 picks, while also being a ground threat. The defense struggled mightily, only intercepting 12 passes and sacking opposing quarterbacks 23 times. Most notably, however, the team allowed 80 rushing yards per game. The Danger only snagged three victories on the year against Wichita, Wenatchee Valley, and Allen. While the team did put up 56 points on Sioux Falls, the Danger lost six games by 18 points or more. The Danger returned in 2012, going 5-9.Rocky Hinds led the team at quarterback, passing for 1,881 yards, 45 touchdowns and 20 picks. Kayne Farquharson led the wide receivers with 840 yards and 25 touchdowns. Daniel Libre rushed for 471 yards and eight scores. Brandon Jenkins was a defensive standout, racking up seven sacks. The team was competitive, but lost several close games to Wyoming, Cedar Rapids, and a nine point loss to Allen. The Danger took a giant leap forward in 2013, behind league MVP Jameel Sewell at quarterback. Sewell threw for 2,531 yards, 52 touchdowns and just five interceptions on the regular season. He also led the team in rushing with 654 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns. Kayne Farquharson led all receivers with 1,081 yards and 21 scores, while Andre-Piper Jordan amassed 602 yards and eleven scores of his own. The Danger defense picked 17 passes, returning two for scores. The Danger also had the best offense in the league, averaging 55 points per game and 274 yards. The team opened the year with a 30-21 home victory over the Sioux Falls Storm, setting a tone for a 10-4 regular season and undefeated home record. Sioux Falls would repay the win with one of their own by a 43-41 count. The best offensive output for Nebraska was an 82-53 drubbing at Wyoming. A 32-12 loss at Colorado was very unexpected, as were road losses to Tri-Cities and Green Bay. However, the Danger clinched the top seed in the Intense Conference, and hosted the Colorado Ice in the semifinal round of the postseason. A 55-50 victory over the Ice put the Danger in the United Bowl against the Sioux Falls Storm. The Danger held their own, trailing 24-23 at the half and forcing three Sioux Falls turnovers, which prevented the Storm from pulling away. The Danger had a 40-36 fourth quarter lead and it appeared that the Storm had fumbled a kickoff return to Nebraska. However, officials ruled there was simultaneous possession in a very controversial call, and the Storm one play later scored to push the score to 43-40. With twenty-five seconds left in regulation, the Danger faced a 4th & 5 play at their own 20 yard line. Instead of putting Jameel Sewell back on the field, the Danger opted for a 45 yard field goal attempt, which went wide right. The Storm won their seventh United Bowl in nine years by that same 43-40 count. In 2014, the Danger continued their success with a 10-4 regular season. Jameel Sewell again led the Danger, passing for 1,572 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions. His top receivers were Andre Piper-Jordan and Kahim Farquharson. Piper-Jordan brought in 15 touchdowns, while Farquharson hauled in 12. The team allowed just 39 points per game. Two losses each to Sioux Falls and Colorado were the blemishes on the year. Despite this, Nebraska earned a playoff berth and would travel to Colorado for the Intense Conference title. Nebraska avenged the loss with their best defensive performance of the season, holding Colorado to just fifteen points. Nebraska then traveled to Sioux Falls for a rematch of the previous year's United Bowl. Unfortunately, the result was the same as Sioux Falls cruised to a 63-46 victory in a game that was never close. The Danger returned in 2015 and were again the second best team in the league, claiming a third consecutive conference title and third United Bowl appearance against the Sioux Falls Storm. Jameel Sewell returned to quarterback the squad, this year passing for 1,739 yards, 38 touchdowns and a mere three interceptions. He also ran for 20 more scores. The defense was also a huge strength, picking 21 passes, two shy of the Sioux Falls defense. In the Intense Conference championship game, Sewell exploded for seven all-purpose touchdowns as part of an 86-43 drubbing of Tri-Cities. The Danger returned to the United Bowl and trailed Sioux Falls by just seven at the half. However, the Storm went on a 38-10 run in the second half to pull away for a fifth consecutive title, 62-27. Sewell returned in 2016, but only quarterbacked eight games, accounting for 1,161 yards, 18 touchdown passes, and ten picks. Several other quarterbacks split the rest of the season. OJ Simpson was the only 1,000 yard receiver, catching 20 scores and 1,077 yards. No other receiver on the team caught more than four touchdowns. Jabari Gorman picked off seven passes for the Danger defense. After a 5-2 start to the season, Nebraska dropped eight in a row, but still clinched a playoff berth and a victory against Billings. Despite trailing Spokane 45-17 at one point in the Intense Conference title game, Nebraska did manage to cut the final deficit to 55-44. Derrick Bernard and Patrick McCain quarterbacked the 2017 Danger, passing for 1,528 yards, 35 touchdowns and 15 picks. Dimit Stimphill led all receivers with 15 scores. The Danger ran for 48 touchdowns, allowing just 28. It was an up and down season, with Nebraska finishing at 9-7 and qualifying for a playoff game at Arizona. After a three and ten point loss in the regular season, Arizona built a 41-14 halftime lead and rolled the Danger 62-36. Nebraska got out to a 4-1 start in their 2018 season, defeating Iowa, Cedar Rapids twice, and Green Bay. All was looking well for the Danger to contend for a title once again. Damien Fleming had already gone down as the starting quarterback, but Jesse Scroggins was filling in just fine. However, the Danger would lose nine in a row and Jesse Scroggins would give way to Greg Hankerson. The three quarterbacks combined for 1,843 yards, 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Angelo Pease led all rushers with thirteen scores and 355 yards. Despite the free-fall, Nebraska qualified for the playoffs in the smaller league. Iowa blasted the Danger 48-17 with a 21-0 fourth quarter. The team returned for its final season in 2019, going 7-7 and qualifying for the playoffs. Tommy Armstrong quarterbacked the team with over 1,700 yards. The team beat Green Bay 45-40 before falling at Arizona by a final of 62-45. The team did not return in 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic.