Lubbock Renegades Weekly Notes
WHEN: 9:00 PM (CST), SATURDAY, 6/9/07
WHERE: SELLAND ARENA, FRESNO, CA
VS: CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES (4-4)
BROADCASTS: RADIO: KKAM 1340 AM
The Lubbock Renegades take their two-game winning streak to Fresno, California this week to face the 4-4 Central Valley Coyotes. Lubbock is coming off their biggest win in franchise history, as they defeated the #4 ranked Arkansas Twisters on the road 51-49. They seek their largest winning streak in franchise history this weekend facing a Coyotes squad that spent last week off on a bye week. Central Valley is 3-1 at home this season and is currently tied for third place in the American Conference's Western Division. Lubbock, based in the National Conference's Central Division, is 0-1 this season against American Conference foes.
Lubbock - 51 Arkansas - 49
North Little Rock, AR - Lubbock Renegades quarterback Robert Kent completed 26 of 38 passes for 7 touchdowns and 365 yards to lead the Renegades to their first road win in franchise history with a 51-49 win over the #4 ranked (af2 Coach's Poll) Arkansas Twisters to disappoint 5,466 at Alltel Arena Saturday night. The road win places the Renegades with a two-game winning streak and puts their record at 4-5 on the season.
The Renegades fell behind early after a pair of Devon Vinson rushing touchdowns and were down as much as 21-9. In their opening five possessions, the Renegades found the endzone only once, as John King caught a 37-yard pass from Kent. Pierre Colin's fumble recovery in the second quarter gave the Renegades momentum and they stormed back with 21 consecutive points. Touchdown receptions by Alvance Robinson and King gave the Renegades a 23-21 halftime lead, and after an Antonio Huffman interception on Arkansas' opening possession of the second half, the Renegades closed the 21-point run with King grabbing his third touchdown reception of the game.
Lubbock never looked back in the second half and stared adversity right in the face. The Renegades converted touchdowns on six consecutive possessions, with three starting within their own three yard line. Lubbock built their lead to 44-28 before the Twisters made a comeback bid. The teams traded scores before a Pierre Thomas interception led to a Kevin Williams touchdown reception from Vinson to place the Twisters within two points (51-48). Lubbock received the ensuing kickoff and was able to run out the clock to seal their first road win.
Kent's numbers in the second half were impressive, as he completed 16 of his 21 pass attempts in the half for 213 yards. The 365 passing yards is a season high for Kent. Vinson, in the losing cause for the Twisters, had his best statistical performance as a starting quarterback with 264 passing yards and five touchdowns. He completed 18 passes on 39 attempts. Each team forced three turnovers, with each team grabbing a pair of interceptions and recovering a fumble.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Lubbock Renegades 3 20 14 14 51
Arkansas Twisters 7 14 7 21 49
PASSING: DAVON VINSON (ARK) 18-29-264-5; ROBERT KENT (LUB) 26-38-365-7 RECEIVING: JON SCHOONOVER (ARK) 7-123-1; JOHN KING (LUB) 7-114-3
Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: Robert Kent (LUB) US ARMY Ironman: John King (LUB) ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Jason Simpson (ARK) Cutters' Catch of the Game: Robert Kilo (ARK)
RENEGADES RIVAL RUNDOWN
The Central Valley Coyotes are in a logjam in the Western Division, tied with two other teams for third place in the division with a 4-4 record. The Coyotes were off on a bye week last week and their last contest played resulted in a 66-63 road loss at Spokane. Central Valley leads the af2 in scoring offense with an average of 60.6 points per game. Their overall offense is third in the af2 with an average of 295.5 yards per game, and their pass offense is fifth in the league with an average of 274 passing yards a game. Their offense excels in the red zone, where they lead the af2 with a 90.5 scoring percentage. Quarterback Clay Groefsema orchestrates the high ranked offense and he ranks second in the af2 in passing average (274.5) and total offense (284.4). His "go to" receiver is Jason Barnes, who is fifth in the af2 with 8.75 receptions per game. Barnes has 23 touchdowns this season (tied for fourth in the af2). Defensively, they are led in the defensive secondary by Aaron Miller, who is tied for fourth in the league with 21 passes defended (16 breakups and 5 pass interceptions).
CENTRAL VALLEY'S LAST GAME RECAP
Central Valley 63, Spokane 66
Spokane, WA - The Spokane Shock returned home tonight victorious knocking off the Central Valley Coyotes, 66-63. In a game reminiscent of last season's championship run, the Shock pulled out the victory on the last play of the game with an 18-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Rummell to WR Kelvin Dickens. Rummell's game winning touchdown pass was set up after a beautiful 48 yard kick-off return by Antwone Savage.
With only :15 second left in the fourth quarter, the Coyotes marched down the field and capitalized with a one-yard punishing touchdown run by Tonae Martin that put them up by three points, 63-60. As the Shock lined up for the ensuing kick-off, Savage headed out to the field for the return, his only return of the game after being limited by a slight hamstring strain. Rummell was inserted into the lineup after Hines was pulled due to injury in the second quarter. Hines finished the game completing seven of eleven passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Rummell, who was awarded the Schutt Offensive Player of the Game Award, finished the game completing 12 of 16 passes with 213 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner.
Dickens had another break-out game hauling in seven receptions for 153 yards with two touchdowns. Savage contributed six receptions with two touchdowns and newcomer Anthony Brown had five receptions for 68 yards. The top-ranked offense of the Coyotes racked up 329 yards of total offense that was led by QB Clay Groefsema (25-39, 304 yards) and added six touchdowns. Groefsema spread the ball around to a wealth of his receivers including WR Tonae Martin who had eight receptions for 107 yards with three touchdowns.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
6 - Scoring Drives - Lubbock had six consecutive scoring drives resulting in touchdowns Saturday at Arkansas, with three of the drives starting within their own three yard line.
88.9 - PAT % - Chris Balseiro ranks fifth in the af2 with an 88.9% PAT percentage, making 40 of 45 attempts on the season.
369 - Offensive Yards - The Renegades total of 369 yards of offense obtained Saturday in Arkansas was a season high.
RENEGADES PRACTICE TIMES
All practices this week are inside City Bank Coliseum:
Tue-Thurs: 10-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 7am team departs Lubbock International for Fresno
NEXT HOME GAME
The Renegades next home game isn't until June 23rd when they will host the Amarillo Dusters at City Bank Coliseum. Individual tickets for the game and all other home games are already on sale. Season ticket packages and advertising opportunities are still available by contacting the Renegades offices at 806-744-5858. Additional info can also be found by visiting the Renegades online at www.lubbockrenegades.com.
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