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Odessa at Beaumont game preview

March 4, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Beaumont Drillers News Release

Game 1
Odessa Roughnecks (0-0) at Beaumont Drillers (0-0)

Mon., March 7, 7:05 p.m. (doors at 6:05 p.m.)
Ford Arena (7,736) ­ Beaumont, TX

Tickets: $18 (reserved); $10 (value) ­ parking included
Kids 2 & under free
Kids 3-12 ($1 off ticket price)
Seniors 65+ ($1 off)

Previous meeting: First

Odessa Roughnecks
Pacific Central
Head coach: Chris Williams
-Team joined the NIFL last year after finishing 10-8 in the Intense Football League losing to Lubbock in the Semifinals.

Beaumont Drillers
Pacific East
Head coach: Kyle Mackey (first year)
Def. coordinator: Troy Esprit
Special teams: Jason Arbuckle
-Drillers finished 8-6 in 2004, tied with three teams for one playoff spot, losing via tie-breaker system to Atlantic City.

Returning leaders:
Passing: Marc Saldana, 163-286, 1,866 yards, 42 TD, 11 INT
Rush: Anthony Johnson, 449 yards, 12 TD
Rec: Chad Luttrull, 14 rec, 838 yards
Rec TD: Pat Palmer, 21
INT: Randy Chappell, 6
Tackles: Shane Winchester, 83.0, TFL: 18.5, Sacks: 7.0

Players to watch:
-Chad Luttrull ­ WR, 5-10, 205
-Pat Palmer ­ WR, 6-2, 208
-Anthony “AJ” Johnson ­ RB, 6-2, 245
-Randy Chappell ­ DB, 6-3, 245
-Roy Locks ­ DE, 6-2, 265
-TJ Light ­ DE, 6-0, 285

Newcomers that will make immediate impact:
-Ellis Spears ­ WR, 6-3, 190
-Phillip Mouzon - DB, 5-11, 195
-Kenyada Tatum ­ ATH, 5-9, 175

Driller tidbits:
- Drillers are 2-0 in season openers.
- First indoor football game at Ford Arena
- Roster 9 of 22 from Southeast Texas

Head coach Mackey says ...
- “It’s hard to prepare for a team you don’t know much about. We are going in blind. From the offensive standpoint, the rules dictate what you do. As the game goes on, you adjust.”
- “I believe our General Manager (Steve Reap) has stepped up in more ways than one. Everything is right, it’s clicking and he has put us coaches in a great position to win.”

Defensive coordinator Troy Esprit says ...
- “We are better organized going into this game compared to last year, from top to bottom.”
- “There is more excitement heading into Game One. Last year was ­ here we go again. Looking at our guys as we took a tour of the new facility was worth a thousand words.”

General Manager Steve Reap says ...
- "I fell a whole lot better now than at this time last year. Our team has found discipline, something we were desperately lacking last year. They understand it takes more than just being an athlete to win. You have to play as a unit."

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