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Offense can't get on track as Tarpons fall to Atlanta Havoc, 48-21

March 17, 2018 - American Arena League (AAL) - Florida Tarpons News Release

BUFORD, Ga. - The Florida Tarpons gave up 35 first half points, and never could quite recover in falling to the Atlanta Havoc, 48-21, in the first 2018 American Arena League game for both teams Saturday night.

Florida's first points of the game, and the season, came with 2:17 to play in the first when quarterback Chris Wallace found offensive lineman Antonio Searcy from three yards out for a 7-6 lead, the only time all night the Havoc trailed.

The Tarpons found the end zone twice in the second period. Wallace found Justin Hilton on a 30-yard bomb to cut the Atlanta advantage to 20-14, with just under nine minutes left in the half. The two hooked up again with less than a minute to go in the half on a 29-yard pass play to leave the Tarpons down 35-21 at intermission.

However, the Tarpons were held off the scoreboard for the entire second half. Florida had a blocked Atlanta field goal try as well as a two extra point tries, and an interception by Randall Burden.

Florida will be on the road again next Saturday in Boone, North Carolina, when they meet the High Country Grizzlies in a 7 p.m. start. The Tarpons home opener will be Saturday, April 14 when the Richmond Roughriders visit the RP Funding Center in Lakeland in a rematch of last year's Arena Pro League championship game.

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