Predators Bring Back Victory To Kent
Kennewick, WA: Indoor football fans who didn't know the name Charles McCullum before, will surely take notice of the Predators signal caller now. McCullum was a one man wrecking crew last evening as the Kent Predators got their first win in franchise history by defeating in-state rival, the Tri-Cities Fever 55-49. By game's end, the Predators Quarterback had accumulated 288 yards of offense (126 rushing, 164 passing) and tossed four touchdown passes while also running in three himself. The win allowed Kent to leapfrog Tri-Cities in the Pacific North Division standings, and has given the team a boost of confidence heading into the middle of the 2010 IFL season.
The scoring began early in the first quarter as the Fever jumped out to an early lead courtesy of a Tyson Thompson 2 yard rushing touchdown. Following a missed extra point by Tri-Cities, McCullum lead an 8 play, 38 yard drive deep into Fever territory and capped it off with a 3 yard rushing touchdown. Trading leads seemed to be the theme of the game as the Fever quickly regained the lead on a one yard Andy Collins keeper.
A few defensive stands by both squads then set up the evening's most exciting play. Tri-Cities Kicker Brett Jaekle lined up for a 48 yard field goal attempt in hopes of giving the Fever a 16-7 lead, but Predators Defensive back Dre' Mail Hardin had other ideas. As the kick fell a little short, Hardin took the missed field goal and raced endzone to endzone, eluding multiple defenders, to knot the score at 13.
From there, McCullum took over. He and Andy Collins lead multiple scoring drives and continued to trade scores throughout the first half with McCullum running in two more first half scores and throwing one, and Collins connecting on three TD passes of his own. After two quarters, the score was all tied up at 35.
With the score 42-42 late in the third quarter, McCullum found Travis Poole and Carlo Heard on back to back scoring drives that were too much for the Fever to overcome. Now that the Predators have gotten the weight off of their shoulders of securing the franchise's first win in team history, Coach McCarthy and the rest of the team have high expectations going forward. After a bye week, the team sets their sights on a rematch against the Alaska Wild. Back on March 8th, the Wild nipped the Predators 48-39. Tickets are still available for the Friday, April 9th home game by logging on to www.kentpredators.com or by calling the team office at 253-239-3254. Discounted group tickets are available for groups of ten or more. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Game Notes: Predators WR Eric Taylor hauled in 5 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns...Predators DL Armand Wallace recorded 4 sacks...McCullum was 10-13 passing for 164 yards and four scores and ran the ball 30 times for 124 yards and three scores...Fever QB Andy Collins was 9 of 17 passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns...Former Dallas Cowboys WR and Fever RB Tyson Thompson ran for two scores.
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