The man who was the face of the Chicago Rush for a decade returns to the Allstate Arena Friday as Mike Hohensee and the Philadelphia Soul take on the Rush and new head coach Bob McMillen in their home opener.
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McMillen became an All-AFL player under Hohensee and was his assistant head coach in 2010.
The Arena Football League clash will kick off at 7 p.m.
In his nine seasons with the Rush, Hohensee guided them to a 93-64 overall record, nine playoff appearances, four division titles, a conference championship and the ArenaBowl XX title.
It looks like he hasn't missed a beat with the Soul (1-0), who defeated the Pittsburgh Power last week behind the performances of quarterback Justin Allgood (25 of 36 passing for 300 yards and 5 touchdowns) and receiver Donovan Morgan, who earned AFL Offensive Player of the Week honors by scoring 6 times, including 5 receiving and 1 rushing touchdown.
The Rush (1-0) opened the 2011 season with a 49-41 win on the road in Milwaukee behind the arm of veteran quarterback Russ Michna, who threw for 7 TDs.
The Rush will look to improve their record in home openers to 8-2, and they'll do it while celebrating their 10th anniversary season, highlighted by a "Black-Out" event in which Rush fans are encouraged to join the players and coaches in wearing all black.
The Rush-Soul showdown will be televised nationally on the NFL Network with Tom Waddle providing analysis.
For more on the matchups, visit arenarush.com.