Tulsa Trounces Wings Once Again
BOSSIER CITY, LA (July 12, 2010) - Coming into Saturday night's game against the Southwestern Divisional leading Tulsa Talons, the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings were still in the post-season picture. Albeit, the picture was dim.at best.there was a slim, outside chance. That possibility went completely dark at about 9:30 PM on Saturday night in the BOK Center in Tulsa.
In front of a hostile crowd, the BattleWings were first to score with a 43-yard Field Goal from Nick Gatto, who was perfect on the night. QB, Jimmy Welker, returned to Tulsa for the first time since being released from the Talons after training camp earlier this year with high hopes of "showing his former boss what he was missing out on." During the first half of the game, it appeared as though Welker was well on his way to leading the Wings in what would have been the greatest win of the season for Bossier-Shreveport. At halftime, Welker had completed 15 of 21 passes with no Interceptions and had tallied 136 yards in the air. PJ Berry was Welker's favorite receiver during the first half with 8 catches for 73 yards and two TD's. Jason Schule and Kinsmon Lancaster also scored during the first half, Shule on the ground and Lancaster in the air. Combined with Gatto's FG, the Wings went to the locker room at the half only down by 3, with a score of 31-34.
Then, something changed for the BattleWings.
Scoreless in the 3rd, the BattleWings allowed 27 unanswered points. Justin Allgood hit Donovan Morgan and Carlese Franklin, each for a TD. Odie Armstrong barreled into the endzone for six points, and former BattleWing, Adam Huebner recovered a fumble, forced by a Gabe Nyenhuis sack, in the endzone for a defensive TD. 2 fumbles and 2 interceptions in the third quarter gave the Talons a huge boost, not only on the scoreboard, but in the mental game as well. The score at the end of the third quarter was 31-61, the Talons with a commanding lead.
The BattleWings actually outscored the Talons in the fourth quarter, 14-13. Tulsa backup QB, Michael Potts was brought in to allow Justin Allgood to remain healthy for their match against the Alabama Vipers in week 16. However, it wasn't enough for the Wings to leave Tulsa with the win. The BattleWings fell to 3-11 on the season while the Tulsa Talons improve their record to 8-5 and begin to look toward the playoffs, while the Wings take the bye week to heal injuries and "drop back and punt."
Final score at the BOK Center - 45-74.
The Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings will be hosting the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday, July 24th at the CenturyTel Center. Besides a great night of Arena Football, the BattleWings will be honoring the men and women of our Military. To start the night there will be a special delivery of the game ball and the new 2nd Bomb Wing Commander at Barksdale Air Force Base will be the honorary captain. There will be a special swearing in ceremony at halftime where a large group of Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines will enlist in the U S Armed Forces. Best Buy Shreveport will be there with special giveaways for our Active Military Personnel. Military personnel will be given the opportunity to participate in on-field promotions where they can win money and prizes. Come on out to the BattleWings game Saturday, July 24th. Kick-off is at 7:05 p.m.
The July 24th game will be at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City with a 7:05 PM kickoff. FREE TICKETS are available by calling (318) 746-8755 or you can find them at various locations throughout Shreveport and Bossier over the next couple of weeks. Locations will be announced on www.battlewings.com. The free vouchers will be redeemable for seats in the "Green Zone" located in the upper level seating of the CenturyTel Center. As an added benefit, anyone who would like to redeem a voucher, but sit in a lower section may do so at half-price when using the voucher. For more information, call 318-746-8755 or inquire at the BattleWings Headquarters, located at 4400 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City.
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