Defender's Road Woes Continue in Omaha
May 28, 2013 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Oklahoma Defenders News Release
RALSTON, NE - The Oklahoma Defenders (3-8) traveled north on their final road game of the 2013 CPIFL campaign to take on the Omaha Beef (9-1) on Friday night. The struggling Defenders were coming off a disappointing 65-28 loss to the Kansas City Renegades at home while the Beef beat Bloomington 51-38.
The Beef have been a dominant team all season and the struggling Defenders had a daunting task ahead of them.
As it happened, Omaha came out swinging and had three scores on the board and the first quarter in the books before the Defenders broke the plane of the Beef goal line. Oklahoma quarterback Carlos Cavanaugh connected with Cameron Clemons on a 31-yard pass for a touchdown. The two-point conversion try failed.Patrick "Packy" Jones caught the first of his two touchdown passes on the game when Cavanaugh found him in the Omaha end zone with a 9-yard strike.
Carlos Cavanaugh converted the two-point try and the Beef lead was cut to 27-14 with 5 minutes remaining in the half. Omaha would score before the halftime buzzer to extend the lead to 33-14. The Beef lit the Defenders up four times to inflate their advantage to 59-14 before David Bowie found Packy Jones open for an 18-yard pass for the final Oklahoma touchdown of the game.
Altogether the Defenders produced 183 yards of offense, and Packy Jones led his teammates with 117 all-purpose yards and two receiving touchdowns. Oklahoma's running game never got off the ground, but Carlos Cavanaugh and Jamario Thomas made 12 rushing attempts for a combined 51 yards. The tandem quarterback combination of Cavanaugh and David Bowie completed 19 passes on 34 attempts for 134 yards through the air for two touchdowns and two interceptions. The loss drops the Defenders to 3-8, and for the 2013 season they only managed one win while traveling, a 62-40 win over the Kansas Koyotes in Topeka on March 16th. The Beef improved to 9-1 on the year and with the Sioux City Bandits defeating the Wichita Wild 46-21 on Saturday, Omaha assumes sole possession of first place in the CPIFL.
The Defenders are on their second bye week, then they will return to the Tulsa Convention Center for the final game of the 2013 season against the Salina Bombers at 7:05pm on June 8.
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