Abilene Tops Odessa in Exhibition Game, 36-33March 31, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - West Texas Roughnecks Press Release
Odessa capped off the first quarter with a QB Dennis Gile three yard touchdown run, however with the extra point missed the Roughnecks went up 20-0. Abilene got on the board with a safety after second string Roughnecks QB Walter Washington fumbled the ball in the end-zone. RB Carlos Alsup added a 38-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter to cut Odessa's lead to 20-9. The Roughnecks would add on a Walter Washington one yard touchdown run to end the first half leading 27-9.
The Ruff Riders came out explosive in the second half when LB Rico Brooks returned a WR Eric Taylor fumble 48 yards for an Abilene touchdown. Backup Ruff Riders QB Perry Patterson had a solid evening going 7-for-15 including a six yard touchdown run to close the gap at 27-22, Odessa.
Ruff Riders RB Bernard Payton's two yard touchdown run gave Abilene a 29-27 lead to begin the fourth quarter. The Roughnecks countered with QB Walter Washington hooking up with WR Jimmy Conner for a 19-yard touchdown pass to give Odessa a 33-29 lead. Abilene QB Perry Patterson sneaked in a one yard touchdown run with 2:30 left in the game to give Abilene a late 36-33 lead. Odessa made a last-minute drive in attempt to win the game. However, when several rushing plays inside the five yard line failed the Roughnecks looked to send the game into overtime with a field goal. Abilene secured the win when Roughnecks K Zeke Arevalo missed the game-tying field goal with no time left in the game.
"I felt good about our first string tonight, but overall I would rather have the win." stated Odessa Roughnecks Head Coach, Chris Williams.
Odessa QB Dennis Gile went 3-of-7 for 43 yards passing and one touchdown. WR Torrey Day led all wide outs with three receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown. Abilene QB Quincy Carter went 3-for-12 for 22 yards passing and one interception. RB Carlos Alsup had a big night rushing for 79 yards on six carries and one touchdown. Abilene hosts Odessa on Monday, April 6, 2009 to begin the regular season.
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