Lone Stars Come From Behind for Fifth Straight Win
Lubbock- The Lubbock Lone Stars came back from a 19 point deficit with nine minutes to play in the game to secure their 5th straight win Saturday night at the Lubbock Coliseum. Lubbock used a much improved defensive, a turnover, and their usual high powered offense to knock the Corpus Christi Hammerheads back into fourth place with a 51-47 victory Saturday night.
The Lone Stars move into a tie for second place in the IFL standings with San Angelo, who forfeited their game with Odessa Saturday night amidst an ineligible player controversy. Lubbock has the tie breaker with the Stampede and if the playoffs started this week Lubbock would host San Angelo in the first round.
Lubbocks defense again played well enough to make up for a struggling offense. In the first half Joe Davis through just 5 completions on 16 passes and had 3 balls intercepted. Backup Quarterback, Aso Pogi, then came in and added another pick on his first throw to bring the total to four first half interceptions. At halftime the Lone Stars found themselves down 18 points after scoring only 7 points through the first 30 minutes of action.
Pogi came back on the field in the second half looking like a completely different player on a completely different team. He would finish throwing 15 completions on 25 attempts for 200 yards and 4 touchdowns. Anton Paige seemed to help Pogi through the maturation process by consistently finding open spaces where Pogi could fire it in for completion after completion. Paige ended the game with only one touchdown, but had 10 receptions for 143 yards, a game high. Carlo Heard and TJ Glover each had 2 touchdowns and combined for another 10 receptions for 130 yards.
But it was a stellar performance by the defense that gave Lubbock a chance to stay perfect at home in the Coliseum. Demarius Jackson sealed the game for the Lone Stars with less than a minute to play when he picked off a Chris Harrington pass that bounced off the hands of Shomari Buchanan and right into the lap Jackson. The Lone Stars would add a late Robert Treece field goal to make it a 4 point game.
Gathan McGinnis lead the team with 6.5 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Gator was also able to force two fumbles and bat down one pass. Jackson had two picks in the contest and Chris Culbert added another.
Lubbock scored on all but one possession in the second half while holding the Hammerheads to just 3 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, and scoreless in the fourth.
Lubbock improves their record to 8-5 and will get a chance to close the gap between first place Amarillo (10-3) Saturday when the Dusters come to Lubbock for a 7:05 Kickoff.
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