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Drillers ready for big home game with Wyoming on Saturday

June 2, 2006 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Beaumont Drillers News Release

BEAUMONT, TX - The Beaumont Drillers are fresh off a 28-6 road win last weekend at Arkansas, which improved their overall record in the NIFL Pacific South Division to 5-5, matching last year's playoff win total.

The Drillers have also made some personnel changes. After the 48-34 loss to Katy on May 20, Beaumont head coach Alan Hafford resigned and owner Roy Reap's son, Steve Reap, took over as interim head coach and led the team to victory over Arkansas.

Steve's first move was to sign quarterback Gary Cooper, who was earlier, released by Twin City and it paid off. Cooper, 6-1, 215, threw two touchdown passes to Chad Luttrull in the win.

Reap led the Drillers in their inaugural year in Beaumont guiding the team to a 5-1 start in 2003 then stepped down to continue work as the general manager and named Bryan Blake as head coach. Blake and the Drillers went 1-7 the rest of the way.

The Drillers are now tied with Wyoming (5-5) for the fifth playoff spot in the Pacific Conference with the top six teams advancing.

Wyoming will venture into Ford Arena this Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. for a big game with playoff implications on the line.

The Calvary defeated the Drillers 50-28 in Wyoming on April 14. The game was close at halftime (20-20), when Wyoming outscored Beaumont 30-8 in the second half.

The Drillers will honor scouts during halftime and kids who were their scout uniform to the game get in for $5. Tickets are on sale now at the Ford Park Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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