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Lone Stars Over .500, First Time Ever

July 18, 2004 - Intense Football League (Intense) - Lubbock GunSlingers News Release

Lubbock- The Lubbock Lone Stars took advantage of 8 Odessa turnovers Saturday night to move into the win column for the third straight game and move over 500 for the first time in franchise history.

The Lone Stars came out of the locker room with almost an entirely different look then they had last week when they beat Odessa 59-53 in Lubbock. This time it was Joe Davis leading the team at quarterback and throwing for 168 yards and 6 touchdowns to seal the deal and give the Lone Stars a 60-34 win.

Anton Paige led all receivers with 8 receptions for 81 yards and for the first time caught 5 touchdown passes. But it was the first time Paige had been held under 100 yards receiving in 9 straight weeks.

TJ Glover came up with 4 catches for 48 yards, while Carlo Heard in his first game ever in the IFL caught 3 balls for 34 yards and a miraculous touchdown catch that sent him over the wall and onto the cement floor.

The Lone Stars also got the best out of their defense Saturday night. Demarius Jackson and Gary Briggs each pulled in an interception, while the defensive line got constant pressure on the Odessa quarterbacks. Rodney McKinney got to Roger Linn 3 times in the backfield for 3 sacks.

Overall it was a sloppy game for both teams with a combined 8 fumbles and 3 interceptions, both kickers missed extra points, and neither team could muster 200 yards of total offense.

But the Lone Stars will take the ‘W’ and the tie breaker form Odessa. The team will return to the Lubbock Coliseum next week when the San Angelo Stampede come to town for another tie breaker game. The Stampede are coming off a tough defeat to Amarillo. The Duster outscored the Stampede 48-24 in San Angelo Saturday night to take away first place in the IFL Standings.

Kickoff is set for 7:05 Saturday night in Lubbock.

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