Lightning Fail To Strike, As the Coyotes Howl
(Stockton, CA) - The Central Valley Coyotes met the Stockton Lightning for the first time in franchisee history on Saturday in Stockton, California. The Coyotes came away victorious taking the game 63-61, in a game that saw both teams put up a total of 31 penalties for 202 yards including an ejection.
The Coyotes struck first on a six play drive that ended with a 3 yard touchdown pass from Scott Rislov to Marvin Brown, from then on each team traded touchdowns for the remainder of the half. Coyotes Quarterback Rislov ended the half having going 16-22 for 198 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The second half started with the Lightning opening the half with five play drive that ended when Quarterback Josh Blankenship passed to Phil Goodman in the end zone. The Lightning Kicker Marc Hickok missed the point after, this turned out to be the beginning of the end for the Lightning. On the ensuing kick off the Lightning tried an on side kick that the Coyotes recovered on the Lightings 16 yard line. It than took just four plays for the Coyotes to respond with a touchdown when Matt Guardia ran in his first of two touchdown runs after two failed quarterback sneaks by Rislov. The Lightning's next series ended with an inception by "ADT Defensive Player of the Game" Octavious Spencer. The Coyotes however failed to capitalize on the turnover after missing a field goal.
After the kick the Lighting's Kory Kipp was ejected, when for the second time in the game a foreign substance was found on his jersey. The remainder of the game again saw both teams trade touchdowns and a fourth quarter that was riddled with penalties that also included Lightning's Head Coach Richard Davis receiving an unsportsmen like penalty that cost his team dearly. In the end the Coyotes received 18 penalties for 128 yards and the Lightning 13 penalties for 74 yards.
The Coyotes Scott Rislov ended the game having thrown 7 touchdowns for 304 yards with 23 completions on 32 tries, no interceptions. In six games Rislov has thrown 38 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions and 1652 yards.
Come out and support the Coyotes (4-2) as they return home on May 20th to play the Spokane Shock (5-1) at Selland Arena, kick off will be at 7:15 P.M. Prior to the game the Coyotes dance team "The Valley Girls" will be holding a dance clinic for kids aged 6-16.
There are still partial season tickets, group packages and single game tickets available. Ticket information can be found by checking out the "official" Coyotes website at www.centralvalleycoyotes.com or contact the ticket office at (559) 263-9780.
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