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Texas Pirates Win Season Opener

April 22, 2009 - Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) - Texas Hurricanes News Release

Houston, TX - Sunday, April 19, 2009. As the inaugural season of the SIFL opened on Saturday, April 18, 2009, on Sunday April 19th, the Texas Pirates demonstrated in their first game that they are a force to be reckoned with in this league.

The game was action-packed with the Pirates leading 39-9 in the first half. Running back Roland Hayes rushed for four touchdowns in which he scored the first 25 points of the game.

During the second half, Houma scored 16 unanswered points, which made for a nail biting second half of the game. "I believe the players got a little complacent, which is something that we will discuss with them and work on. They definitely need to condition more but overall, they performed very well," said Gary Howard, Sr., President and co-owner of the Texas Pirates.

Houma's quarterback Omar Haughbook, defensive backs Roosevelt Thomas and Derrick Patterson, and kicker Chris Stropolo gave Houma the advantage they needed to narrow the gap to 39-25 in the second half.

The Pirates' head coach, Leon Thomasson, was not too pleased with the third quarter. "The guys just need to keep the level of intensity up. It may feel like we have a comfortable lead, but as Houma demonstrated, the game can change at any moment."

The Pirates had players that contributed to their win such as quarterback Andre Roy, wide receivers Joe Townsend and Chris Miller-Cox, and defensive back Ed Moore.

Their next game is Monday, April 27 at 7:00 PM in Acadiana, Mississippi against the Acadiana Mudbugs. The next home game is Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Kicks Indoor Sports Complex against the Louisiana Swashbucklers.

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