The Nebraska Danger dominated the Wyoming Cavalry in just about every way Friday night at the Heartland Events Center.
The Danger defensive line certainly did its part in a 73-20 victory.
Claude Wroten led the way up front with six tackles with three tackles for losses totalling 14 yards including a sack. Jervonte Jackson had five tackles including a sack while defensive end Adrian Davis returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown.
“That was big,” Wroten said. “We always preach big plays and that was a big play. An interception for a touchdown by a defensive lineman, that’s big. We’re proud of that. We patted him on his back, and we said we expect him to do it again.”
Danger coach Mike Davis loves the depth the team has on the defensive line.
“We have five guys here, any of them can play at any time,” Davis said of the defensive line. “They know that four are going to play every game. They’ve been fighting it out. It’s a good problem to have. We haven’t had this good of a quality D-line top to bottom since I’ve been here.”
Wroten has been a big part of it. The 6-foot-3, 305 pounder has fit right in since joining the Danger late last season.
“He’s good,” Davis said. “Once Claude learned our system and how to play our system, he’s been great. He’s as strong as an ox. He gets off the ball well and he can play any position on the defensive line. You take that and put him with Adrian Davis, Jervonte Jackson, Aronde Stanton and Randy Salmon and you have three pretty good guys on the line at all times.”
Wroten, who grew up in Bastrop, La., was named a first-team All-American by the College Football News his senior season at LSU in 2005 and was a second-team All-American by the Sporting News.
He had 49 tackles that year with 10.5 tackles for losses, six sacks and 26 quarterback hurries.
Wroten was a third-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2006. He played in 15 games for the Rams that year and had nine tackles including a sack.
Wroten, 30, would welcome another shot at the NFL.
“It’s always been a dream for me to get back there,” Wroten said. “Hopefully I’ll have another opportunity.”
Wroten played in the Arena 1 League with the Orlando Predators and also with the St. Louis Monsters of the United Indoor Football League. He said the IFL compares favorably with those leagues.
“It’s right up with those guys,” Wroten said. “We could play those guys and compete. It’s a good brand of football. We have former NFL players and guys who will go to the NFL.”
Wroten joined the Danger a year ago for the final two regular season games and the playoffs. He recorded eight tackles in four games to help the Danger advance to the IFL championship game.
The 20 points the Danger gave up just missed tying the franchise record for fewest points in a game at 19. The 98 total yards by Wyoming was the fewest the Danger has ever given up.
Wroten said the team feels good about how the defense is playing.
“I would say this is one of the better games we’ve played this year,” Wroten said. “We’re gelling at the right time for the championship run.”