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Kissimmee's Harding looking for good game

April 1, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Kissimmee Kreatures News Release

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Rob Harding, the local lad making good for the Kissimmee Kreatures, hopes to have a better game Saturday than he did in his last outing.

Why would he be better? He had 12 completions, four for touchdowns in Monday’s 64-20 stomping of the New Jersey Xtreme at the Silver Spurs Arena.

Saturday’s home game against the Daytona Beach Hawgs (1-1) is important to Harding and the Kreatures (1-1). The Atlantic Division rivals are tied and one will forge into second place, back of the Miami Morays. Kickoff is 7:05 p.m. in Silver Spurs Arena.

“We played pretty good overall,” said Harding following Monday’s win over New Jersey.

Harding went to nearby Gateway High School in Kissimmee and played college ball at Mississippi Valley State, the same school that NFL great Jerry Rice came from.

Against New Jersey, the 6-foot-4 Harding was picked off three times. In the first-game loss to the Montgomery Maulers, he did not have one interception and had three TD passes.

Overall, Harding, in two games, is 28 of 49 (.571) for 321 yards and seven scores.

His main target this season has been the unsuspected James Panui from Casselberry, Florida. Panui, who is 21 and the youngest member of the Kreatures, has caught 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m still in school at Central Florida,” said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Panui. “I walked on at UCF, but didn’t make the team. That’s why I’m here.”

Panui’s hometown is Kuai, Hawaii, but he was born in Liverpool, England, and went to high school in Hoenfels, Germany. “I lived overseas most of my life and I grew up in a military family,” said the current resident of Orlando.

Kissimmee also has some pretty good balance in its running game. LaFan Williams has carried the ball 39 times in two games and scored six touchdowns.

The running game is where the Hawgs shine. Head coach Ervin Bryson has run his star back Brad Lee 48 times for 222 yards and six touchdowns.

“I would have to say we will have to stop their running game,” admitted Kissimmee head coach Marquette Smith. “Or we will at least have to slow them down a bit. This should be a good game since both of us have a couple games under our belts.”

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