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Locos Look to Continue Hot Start in Week Three

October 9, 2012 - United Football League (UFL)

The Las Vegas Locomotives showed their mettle at home. Now they take their act on the road.

The Locomotives (2-0) begin a span of three consecutive road games on Wednesday night when they meet the Sacramento Mountain Lions (0-2) at Raley Field (9 p.m. ET). All UFL games are televised by CBS Sports Network.

The Locos have outscored their opponents 60-12 and have seven sacks. The Locos turned two turnovers into a quick 14-0 lead in beating the Omaha Nighthawks 41-6 in Week 2, and coach Jim Fassel says the defense has "been outstanding." The Locos are the only team with a positive turnover ratio (+3).

The Mountain Lions have struggled in the absence of quarterback Josh Johnson (knee contusion). They come off a 37-29 road loss to the Virginia Destroyers, but are hopeful Johnson can return to the starting lineup. He was injured early in the Week 1 loss to Omaha.

The Mountain Lions' second game was a reverse image of their first. In the opener, they couldn't hold a lead against Omaha. Last week, they fell behind 17-0 before closing the gap in the second half.

"I challenged them after the first half. Guys showed me that they have heart and that they are willing to fight," coach Turk Schonert said.

Omaha (1-1) plays its first home game on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET against the Virginia Destroyers (1-1). " ny time you play back-to-back road games, especially with a short week of preparation, you're going to be fortunate to win both games," Nighthawks coach Bart ndrus said.

The Destroyers rode a strong defensive effort in the first half and Chris Greisen's three touchdown passes to a 37-29 victory over Sacramento. The Mountain Lions closed that scoring gap to eight with five seconds left, though they failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.

"We played extremely well early, but I didn't like the sloppiness coming to the end," coach Kurt Schottenheimer said.

Week 3 Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 p.m. ET

Las Vegas (2-0) at Sacramento (0-2)

Site: Raley Field

Announcers: Brent Stover (play by play), Adam Archuleta (analyst), Lauren Gardner (sideline reporter)

TV: CBS Sports Network (check local listing at www.cbssportsnetwork.com )

Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. ET

Virginia (1-1) at Omaha (1-1)

Site: TD Ameritrade Park

TV: CBS Sports Network (check local listing at www.cbssportsnetwork.com )

Announcers: Howard David (play by play), Jamie Dukes (analyst), Jackie Montgomery (sideline reporter)

Week 2 Results

At Las Vegas 41, Omaha 6

At Virginia 37, Sacramento 29

Recap

LOCOS IN MOTION: The Locos roared to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of a pair of defensive scores and never looked back. The two returns put the Locos up 14-0 with a little over five minutes elapsed. The Locos added three sacks to go with their two turnovers, adding to their defensive luster.

FIRST FOR KURT: Destroyers new head coach Kurt Schotteheimer got his first victory as the Destroyers forged a 24-7 halftime lead and then held off the comeback-minded Mountain Lions before a crowd of 5,316 at the Sportsplex. They refused to budge defensively the first five times Sacramento had the ball, forcing two turnovers and three punts. Chris Greisen passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

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