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Rush turn up defense to stop Avengers in playoff game
CHICAGO -- The Rush did the unusual in an Arena League game, shutting out the Los Angeles Avengers in the second half on the way to a 52-20 divisional playoff victory on Monday.
Chicago (12-4) moves on to an American Conference title game against the San Jose SaberCats (13-4) on Saturday.
Showing the Rush's defensive prowess just two minutes into the game, Jeremy Unertl returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown to give Chicago a 7-0 lead.
"You expect them to show up every time," Rush coach Mike Hohensee said of his defense, according to the Chicago Tribune Web site. "They haven't let us down yet."
Rush receiver Bobby Sippio ignited the offense, catching two touchdown passes, running for one and passing for another.
Rob Turner caught a 6-yard Sonny Cumbie pass to tie the game at 7 in the first quarter, but the Avengers played catch-up the rest of the game.
Sippio's 16-yard touchdown catch from Matt D'Orazio gave the Rush a 38-20 lead early in the third quarter. That proved more than enough as the Avengers couldn't find the end zone.
"We had their number," Hohensee said, according to the newspaper. "We knew what they were going to do probably better than they did."