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FireAnts Win Again

March 20, 2004 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Tupelo FireAnts News Release

TUPELO, MS--The Tupelo FireAnts defeated the Beaumont Drillers 47-24 to take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic South Division Saturday night.

The Tupelo FireAnts took the lead in the Atlantic South Division with a 47-24 victory over the Beaumont Drillers in front of 2,621 fans at the BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The FireAnts were led on offense by Will Hall, who ran the ball seven times for 45 yards and three touchdowns in addition to completing eight of 17 passes for 110 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Chris Rainey, Joe Gunn, and Rico McDonald combined on 13 carries for 27 yards. Darryl Carter had two receptions, both for touchdowns. Chris Rainey had 3 receptions for 29 yards, Rico McDonald hauled in two passes for 29 yards, and David Mooneyham had one reception for five yards. Bobby Hill and Kareem Vance each grabbed an interception for Tupelo. Joe Gunn had the FireAnts’ only kick return of the night and made it count as he returned the ball 42 yards for a score in the third quarter. On defense, Pig Prather lead the team with 13 tackles. Defensive lineman Patrick Garth had two sacks on the night. Tupelo totaled 72 yards rushing and 107 yards passing for a total of 179 yards of offense, with 12 first downs and 6 penalties for 32 yards.

The Drillers were led on offense by running back Troy Sumrall, who ran the ball 13 times for a game-high 48 yards and three touchdowns. Starting quarterback Ted Robison completed 13 of 30 passes for 99 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Marc Saldana also contributed at quarterback, completing 4 of 9 passes for 53 yards. Pat Palmer had a game-high six receptions for 50 yards, while Chad Luttrull and Johnnie Freeman nabbed four receptions each. On defense, Nick Mitchell and Brannon Wooden each had six tackles while Mitchell was also credited with a sack. Troy Espirit and Eric Jackson each stole one interception. Beaumont totaled 81 yards rushing and 145 yards passing for a total of 226 yards of offense, with 15 first downs and 9 penalties for 33 yards.

Tupelo’s record improves to 2-0, while Beaumont’s record drops to 1-1.

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