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Pirates upend Firebirds

June 20, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Peoria Pirates News Release

Peoria, IL - The Peoria Pirates upended the Albany Firebirds 46-42 in front of 2656 fans at Carver Arena in downtown Peoria. Albany (5-7) had won their last five games straight, but could not overcome the Peoria (3-8) defense.

Stephen Wasil put up 50 passes for the Firebirds, completing 31 for 344 yards and five touchdowns. For Peoria, Luke Drone completed 22 of 31 passes for 306 yards and three scores. Both quarterbacks were sacked twice while Wasil threw the games only interception. Jon Schoonover caught nine passes for 130 yards and two TD's for Peoria, while Dante Ridgeway and Darren Paige each added six catches for the victorious Pirates. Alvin Jackson was the favorite target of Wasil, catching 13 passes for 127 yards and a TD. Jared Jones and Anthony Rodriguez caught eight and six passes, respectively. Jones added a kickoff return for a touchdown, as well.

Defensively, the Firebirds were led by Kenneth Williams with eight tackles and EJ Whitley with seven and a half. Williams recovered two fumbles and Anton Lindsay had a sack. Peoria's Michael Phillips had an interception and eight and a half tackles to lead the team. Josh Ferguson and Brandon Hampton had six and a half tackles, as well. Derrick Clark and Michael Lewis were each credited with a sack while John Jackson picked up a fumble and rambled 25 yards on the return.

The Pirates now return the favor and travel to Albany for a game next week before returning to Carver Arena for a 6PM game on Friday, July 3. Visit the Pirates website at

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