Shockwave cap Drillers well
Saturday, June 9th, Beaumont, TX.
Led again by a dominating, punishing defense that harassed and held Beaumont's offense in check, as well as a potent offense, the San Diego Shockwave beat the Beaumont Drillers 50 - 26 in NIFL action at Beaumont, Texas on Saturday night at Ford Arena.
The Drillers' lone previous loss was also to the Shockwave, in week three (April 14th) at Cox Arena. The Drillers fell to 6 - 2. The Shockwave improved to 8 - 1.
Played before approximately 3,000 enthusiastic fans, the first half was close. The Shockwave led by only seven points at halftime, 19 -12. The second half was another story, as the offense exploded for 25 third quarter points to win going away.
"We came out on fire in the second half," said winning Coach Bob Bees. "Pound (quarterback Matt Pound) lit it up and everything came together on both sides of the ball."
The Shockwave's defense confused and stifled the seemingly non-existent Driller offense through the game. While Beaumont's offensive could muster barely a trickle, the Shockwave's offense gushed as quarterback Matt Pound continued to flourish, throwing five touchdown passes - two to wide receiver Nakoa McElrath. Ty Evans, Chris Pittman and Deondre Alexander each caught touchdown passes as well. Running back Ali Culpepper punished the Drillers' defense with his running game.
Meanwhile, Montra Edwards' defense shut down Beaumont for most of the second half, save for two late meaningless touchdowns in the game's waning moments. Overall, the defense had a number of solid performances - defensive back Shedrick Harris returned an interception for a touchdown, Antoine Chambers, subbing for injured linebacker Rico Curtis had two interceptions, and menacing defensive lineman Ricky Leungwai recorded a safety. Lineman Sergio Ayon returned to action and played well on both sides of the ball.
"Our defense was relentless again," added Bees. "They continue to play very well as a unit and made the necessary adjustments from the first half to shut 'em down."
The first-place Shockwave travel to San Bernardino on Saturday, June 16th to play the Bucking Bulls. They return to Cox Arena on Saturday, June 23rd against the Tri-Valley Ranchers, KOGO night with the Shockwave. Tickets remain on sale for this and the remaining home games through Ticketmaster outlets, the Cox Arena box office, by going to www.sandiegoshockwave.com; or by calling 877.SHOCWAV (877.746.2928).
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