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Kreatures score lots of points in setback

March 23, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Kissimmee Kreatures News Release

KISSIMMEE, FL – Head coach Marquette Smith, in his first season as a top mentor in the professional ranks, knows that eight points is a close game in indoor football.

That’s what happened last Saturday in the home opener for the inaugural Kissimmee Kreatures at Silver Spurs Arena. The Montgomery Maulers struck early before Smith’s troops made a gallant rally, outscoring the visitors, 29-13, in the final quarter.

“That was one of the biggest comebacks in my entire career” Coach Smith said early this week. “It was a great offensive game, something none of the people in the area should have missed. It’s what indoor football is all about; scoring points.”

The final was 71-63 Maulers, but Smith was not totally devastated. “It’s a long season. We got one under our belt and now we’ll fix the mistakes and work on getting after New Jersey on Monday.”

The Kreatures (0-1) entertain the New Jersey Xtreme, who will visit the Daytona Beach Hawgs on Thursday. The Xtreme then move on to its third Florida opponent, the Lakeland Thunderbolts on Friday, April 1.

“I think we had a balanced attack against Montgomery,” said Smith, an area favorite since playing football. “We ran the same amount of running plays as we did passing.”

Kissimmee rushed 25 times and quarterback Rob Harding passed 25 times.

Harding in fact, was six of eight in the fourth quarter rally alone. He totaled 88 yards and three scores. “He’s impressive,” said Smith. “He made some good reads and played solid. He would have had another score had the pass been to the outside shoulder.”

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