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Coyotes Pull Off the Sweep, 50-43

July 9, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Bakersfield Blitz News Release

Fresno, Calif. - George Williams' fourth touchdown catch of the game with just 23 seconds left propelled the Central Valley Coyotes (7-6) to a 50-43 victory over the Bakersfield Blitz (4-9) on Saturday night at the Selland Arena. The Coyotes pulled off a four-game sweep of the season series.

Central Valley jumped out to the lead in the opening quarter, scoring on all three first quarter drives. Bakersfield turned the ball over on their first drive of the game when Jason Thomas threw an interception in the end zone. Juston Wood led the Coyotes by hooking up with George Williams twice for touchdown passes in the stanza en route to a 21-7 lead.

Thomas got the Blitz back into it in the second quarter, hitting Rennard Reynolds and Nathan Munson with touchdown passes. The Coyotes added a touchdown run on a quarterback keeper by Wood to maintain the lead, but the extra point was batted down by the Blitz af2 Lineman of the Year candidate Shawn King. Central Valley held a 27-21 advantage after two quarters of play.

Bakersfield took the lead in the third quarter on their first drive. Reynolds' second touchdown grab tied the game at 27-27, and Eric Mahanke found Damian Romero to convert on the two-point conversion. Central Valley answered with a pair of scoring drives, however, to regain the lead. A third touchdown pass to Williams and a 20-yard field goal by John Gockman gave the Coyotes a seven-point lead. The Blitz came back again, tying the game at the end of the quarter with a 25-yard touchdown strike to Phil Larmon.

The two teams exchanged the lead in the fourth quarter. A missed extra point by Central Valley after a Weston Borba touchdown catch left the Blitz with a chance to regain the lead. They did so with a Jabari Jackson rush and an extra point to make it 43- 42. But Central Valley pieced together a ten-play, six-minute, 47-second drive to take the lead back for good. The Offensive Player of the Game, Williams caught his fourth touchdown of the game and added the two-point conversion to make it 50-43.

The last home game of the season for Bakersfield is the following weekend against the Bossier- Shreveport Battle Wings on Friday, July 15th. That night, the first 2,000 fans will get a Blitz full-size football, courtesy of KGET-TV 17, American Business Machines and Wells Fargo. Also, "George the Giant" will shock and amaze everyone in attendance by making a bid for the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most weight smashed on the chest of someone lying on a bed of nails.

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