Drillers announce 2005 schedule
Coming off an 8-6 finish in 2004, the National Indoor Football League's Beaumont Drillers will be gearing up for their third season and have announced their 2005 schedule. The Drillers will also be sporting new colors in 2005, SILVER & BLACK, moving away from their traditional black and gold.
Seven former Southeast Texas prep-standouts will be uniform this year for the Drillers.
-Receiver, Pat Palmer (PA Lincoln)
-Receiver, Chad Luttrull (Lumberton)
-Defensive back, Duane Joubert (Hardin-Jefferson and current Kountze basketball coach)
-Linebacker, Shane Winchester (Lumberton)
-Running back, Troy Sumrall (Nederland)
-Defensive end, Roy Locks (WO-S)
-Defensive end, Giles Cole (WO-S)
The Drillers will see plenty of new opponents this year as the NIFL has expanded and realigned divisions.
Beaumont will be aligned in the NIFL Pacific East. Joining the Drillers are their I-10 rival the Southwest Louisiana Swashbucklers (formerly known as the Lake Charles Land Sharks) and members of the Intense Football League who merged with the NIFL over the off-season, the Corpus Chrisit Hammerheads.
The other Texas teams, San Angelo, Lubbock and Odessa will compete in the Pacific Central Division. Everett, Tri-Cities, Wyoming, Billings and Lincoln will compete in the Pacific West to round out the conference.
Sat-March 5-vs. Odessa Roughnecks
Sat-March 12-vs. San Angelo Stampede
Sat-March 26-@ Cincinnati Marshals
Sat-April 9-@ Lubbock LoneStars
Sat-April 16-vs. Cincinnati Marshals
Sat-April 30-@ Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Sat-May 7-vs. Southwest Louisiana Swashbucklers
Sat-May 14-vs. Lubbock LoneStars
Sun-May 22-@ Montgomery Maulers
Sat-May 28-@ Southwest Louisiana Swashbucklers
Sat-June 4-@ San Angelo Stampede
Sat-June 11-vs. Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Sat-June 18-vs. Montgomery Maulers
Sat-June 25-@ Odessa Roughnecks
"We are looking forward to a bigger and better year," said Drillers general manager Steve Reap. "We have a new look with new colors and our talent has improved, especially with the seven players from the Golden Triangle returning. The league has expanded and added Texas teams to give us some good in-state rivalries. Not only is it good for the Drillers, but our fans will appreciate it as well."
Season Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Driller office by calling 409-212-1011. For more information visit us on the web at www.getdrilled.com.
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