San Angelo stop Thunderbolts, 56-42, in Sunday matinee
LAKELAND, Fla. San Angelo had not scored more than 34 points in a game this season. Even in their only win in seven outings, the Stampede had 24 points.
Sunday was different for a beaming Chris Simpson, the head coach of the Stampede who had just defeated the Lakeland ThunderBolts, 56-42, in a National Indoor Football League game.
I would say our offense broke out in this one, said Simpson, in his first indoor season after heading up a semi-pro team in Tucson, Arizona, for the past two years. I said before the offense has got to break out.
Break out it did. The Stampede jumped in front of the ThunderBolts, 21-14 in the first quarter.
It didnt take long as defensive back Jeff Smith stripped Nunnie Booker on a running play, took the ball away and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown a little more than a minute into the game.
At 9:52 of the first, Lakeland (3-6) came back to take its only lead of the game, 7-6, when quarterback Jeremy Martin connected with Raymond Hardy for 3 yards. Steve Kratz added the extra point.
San Angelo went ahead after a 14-14 tie as Demont Burdine scored on 4 and a 1-yard run, the second coming with 3:42 left in the second period, which gave the Stampede a 27-14 lead.
Quarterback Brian Villanueva a pair of touchdown passes, but in the fourth quarter, San Angelo scored 23 points thanks to possibly the biggest wide receiver in the NIFL.
Travon Magee, a rookie out of Kansas State played in his first NIFL game Sunday, and did not disappoint coach Simpson. His two catches only five minutes apart from 3 and 6 yards boosted the Stampedes margin to 49-34 with 4:30 remaining.
The Stampede play five of their last six games at home, including Saturday against the tough Everett Hawks (8-0). San Angelos last four games are at home against Billings, Wyoming, Corpus Christi and Southwest Louisiana.
If we win out, we can make the playoffs, said a confident Simpson. We just need to have these kind of efforts.
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