Memphis defeats Amarillo
Southaven --- The defending ArenaCup champion Memphis Xplorers clinched a third straight trip to the af2 playoffs with a convincing 75-15 win over the Amarillo Dusters Saturday night at the DeSoto Civic Center. The win also snapped a two game losing streak and extended the Dusters' losing skid to seven games. The Xplorers improved to 10-5 while the Dusters fell to 4-10 and were eliminated from playoff contention.
Memphis QB Brian Jones, who returned after missing last week due to a foot injury, played the first two-and-a-half quarters and did not show any ill-effects from the injury as he was 11 of 14 passing for 216 yards and no interceptions. Of his 11 completions, six went for scores. Daniel Forrest mopped up and went five of eight for 65 yards and a score.
The Memphis receiving corps was lead by Schutt Offensive Player of the Game Kevin Prentiss. Prentiss caught six balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Kenny Higgins and Greg Golden also caught a pair of touchdowns each with US Army Ironman of the Game Deon Giddens grabbing the other.
Prentiss also put himself on top of the heap among af2 kick returners in the game. On his third return, he passed former Bossier Battlewing Shadrick MacAfee as the all time kick return yardage leader in af2 history. Prentiss is now at 3594 yards for his career.
After a close first quarter ended 14-6 in favor of Memphis, the Xplorers outscored the Dusters 26-7 in the second quarter and 35-2 in the second half. The only Amarillo points in the second half came on a blocked PAT return that counted for two points.
The Xplorers defense played a physical game, forcing three interceptions, two by ADT Defensive Player of the Game Scott Cunningham and recovering two fumbles, including one by OL/DL Alex Bell for a touchdown, and picking up two sacks.
The 60 point margin of victory was the second largest in Xplorers history, second only to the team's 62 point win (80-18) over Mobile in 2002.
The Xplorers finish the home portion of their schedule 7-1 and will close out the regular season at Birmingham next Saturday at 7pm.
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