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Late Fumble Leaves Lone Stars in the Dust

June 27, 2004 - Intense Football League (Intense) - Lubbock GunSlingers News Release

Amarillo- The Lubbock Lone Stars and the Amarillo Duster were neck and neck for 3 quarters and 14 minutes. But in that final minute the Lone Stars again failed to take over a game and grab a win.

The Lone Stars and the Dusters were tied at 68 apiece in the final minute of Saturday night’s game in Amarillo. The Dusters drove down the field and score with about 40 seconds remaining giving them a 75-68 advantage. But in this offensive explosion it appeared the team that scored last would win.

The Lone Stars would get a great kick return by Louis Fite out to mid field and would only need to drive 26 yards for a possible tie or win. But on the first play from scrimmage the Lone Stars appeared to have their signals crossed and had to reset their receivers on the outside. That was just enough to upset the timing of the play and cause a botched snap fumble. The Dusters would recover, drive down the field, score, and beat the Lone Stars 82-74.

The Lone Stars had possibly their best offensive game of the season running up 74 points while racking up 331 yards through the air. Tommy Miller started the game, but came out after a punishing hit into the wall separated his non-throwing shoulder. Miller finished the game completing 11 of 15 passes for 140 yards and 4 touchdowns. No word yet on whether Miller will be able to play any time soon.

Robbie Jenkins came in the game in relief of the injured Miller and was outstanding completing 13 of 19 attempts for 191 yards, 5 passing touchdowns, and another one on the ground.

Anton Paige again led all receivers with 140 yards and 4 touchdowns on 12 receptions. TJ Glover came up big after a week off catching 8 passes for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns. Raymond Hardy finished with four receptions 69 yards and 2 touchdowns.

While the offense put on a show it was a non-existent defense and kickoff coverage that put the Lone Stars 2 games under .500. Amarillo quarterback Julian Reece was unstoppable completing 16 of 24 attempts for 194 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air, and 2 more on the ground.

The Lone Stars new kicker Robert Treece was excellent on PAT’s, but short kickoffs and one kickoff that was kicked before the team was ready gave the Duster great field position all night.

The Lone Stars fall to 3 and 5 on the season and will try to get a win next week over the top team in the IFL. Lubbock will travel to San Angelo for a fourth of July day game next weekend.

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