Austin Beats Oklahoma City, 57-27
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Austin Wranglers traveled out of Texas for the first time this season and came away with their second consecutive win, easily beating the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, 57-27, in front of 6,450 in attendance at the Ford Center.
Austin's defense reigned havoc on the Oklahoma City offense all day, sacking Yard Dawgz quarterback Evan Gray five times and intercepting three of his passes. Hood led the defensive front with two sacks and a fumble recovery, while defensive back Demetrie McCray grabbed all three interceptions.
The Wranglers offense continued to develop some chemistry, with quarterback Andy Hall throwing for over 300 yards and utilizing five different receivers, and three had touchdowns.
Beginning the game, Austin received the ball and took advantage of the first possession of the game when they scored on a four-yard pass from Hall to wide receiver Mel Long. The Yard Dawgz offense answered back and evened the score on a 29-yd pass from Gray to wide receiver Al Hunt. Each team scored once more to finish the quarter and due to a missed extra point by Wranglers kicker Keita Iizuka, the Yard Dawgz took an early 14-13 lead.
Oklahoma City struggled to get their offense in sync and were held scoreless in the second quarter. Austin took advantage of several Yard Dawgz miscues and scored three times, bringing the score at halftime to 33-14,
The Wranglers continued to dominate in the second half. Oklahoma City's lone score in the third quarter came from a five-yard run by Gray. Wranglers' Hall completed two passes to wide receiver John Roberson for touchdowns and kicker Keita Iizuka's made his first field goal of the season, extending Austin's lead to 50-20.
In the fourth quarter, Austin held the Yard Dawgz to only seven points while Roberson grabbed his fourth touchdown of the game.
The Wranglers (2-3) return home this Sunday to host the South Georgia Wildcats (3-2) at 3 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. At Sunday's game, the Wranglers will honor Central Texas "Teacher of the Year" candidates, while also offering special discounts to Austin-area ISD staff, teachers, students, family, and friends for the game. For more information on Teacher Appreciation Day, please call the Wranglers Box Office at 512.339.3939 or visit www.austinwranglers.com.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score Austin Wranglers 13 20 17 7 57 Record: (2-3)
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz 14 0 6 7 27 Record: (1-3)
PASSING: HALL (AUS) 22-32-309-6; GRAY (OKC) 12-26-146-3;
RECEIVING: ROBERSON (AUS) 11-162-4; ARCHIE ( OKC) 5-63-1;
SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Andy Hall (Austin)
ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Demetrie McCray (Austin)
JLS IRONMAN OF THE GAME: Ricky Williams (Austin)
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME: Sean Henley (Austin)
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