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Drillers lose fifth straight, now tied for eighth and final playoff spot

May 23, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Beaumont Drillers News Release

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Beaumont Drillers waited until late in the second half to let the turnover bug bite them as they committed three-fourth quarter turnovers while holding a lead to fall to the Montgomery Maulers 56-49 in the Garrett Coliseum, a facility built in 1951 specifically for a Hank Williams concert and has yet to have air condition units placed inside.

The Drillers have now lost five straight, just one shy from a franchise low six (2003), and are 4-6 overall but remain in the Pacific Conference wildcard playoff hunt tied for the eighth and final spot with Billings.

The offensive output lacked again compiling 144 yards and only nine first downs compared to Montgomery’s 255 yards and 18 first downs. Roland Hayes added three rushing touchdowns and a 9-yard touchdown pass to give him 31 total touchdowns on the year – a franchise best.

Jones and Akili Roberson combined for 9-of-19 attempts for 77 yards with two scores and three interceptions. Palmer had four catches for 46 yards and a score.

For the defense, linebacker Shane Winchester led the team with 7.5 tackles and Shawn Manning and Eric Jackson each had interceptions for the Drillers.

Beaumont will next face the Southwest Louisiana Swashbucklers (6-3) on May 28 at 7:05 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Shockmain Davis will return to practice and the lineup after missing two games due to a sprained right shoulder.

The Drillers will next practice on Wed., May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army near Interstate-10 and 11th Street.

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