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Lone Stars Win Home Opener

May 15, 2004 - Intense Football League (Intense) - Lubbock GunSlingers News Release

The Lubbock Lone Stars looked like a team on a mission, a team looking for revenge, a team with something to prove. That’s because they were. They proved to themselves, their fans, and to every team in the league who the big dog really is.

With an 86 to 33 win over El Paso Friday night in the home opener the Lone Stars broke the league mark for points scored and largest margin of victory. Amarillo held the record for only a week with a 77- 34 win over El Paso last Saturday.

The Lone Stars pleased the announced crowd of 5200 with an explosive pre-game and halftime show and even more volatile offensive attack. Rolling up 338 yards of offense on the 50 yard field, and scored touchdowns on each of their first six possessions.

Former Texas Tech wideout Anton Paige had a big impact in his first ever indoor football game. The receiver nicknamed ATM (automatic touchdown maker) scored on a 2 yard end around in the first quarter, a 5 yard pass that sent him over the wall in the second quarter, and then on the defensive side of the ball picking up a fumble and carrying it into the end zone for a 60 to 13 Lone Star lead.

The Lone Stars also had great productivity from the quarterback position. Tommy Miller started in his first ever indoor football game and did not disappoint. Miller completed 13 of 18 passes for 182 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception. And that was all in the first half. Miller would leave the game after a big hit from the Rumble left him with sore ribs.

Robbie Jenkins would fill in nicely in the second half completing 13 of 16 passes for 119 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first indoor football game. Jenkins said after the game he just found the open receiver and threw him the ball.

The defense was also much improved from week one. The Lone Stars defense lead by Pierre Campbell and his 10 solo tackles kept the Rumble from getting anything going all night. The Rumble quarterbacks were a combined 16 for 34 passing for only 152 yards, and fumbled the ball four times.

The Lone Stars also set the league mark for an interception returned for a touchdown. Larry Jones returned an errant Darrack Davis pass 53 yards for a touchdown, and then pulled a ‘Bo Jackson’ by continuing to run and not stopping till he hit the locker room.

The Lone Stars improved to one and one on the season and will try to improve that mark Saturday May 22 when the travel to play Corpus Christi.

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