Venom Game Preview: Arkansas at Amarillo
Amarillo, TX 5/21/10- The Amarillo Venom have clinched the Lonestar West Division title and will strive for another win Saturday when the Arkansas Diamonds visit the Amarillo Civic Center at 7pm CST.
Amarillo (8-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season (May 8th) with a win last week against San Angelo 66-41. Wide receiver Anthony Clark caught a game-high 5 balls for 46 yards and has scored at least once in each of his three games with the Venom (five total). Linebacker Kyle Wilson amplified the Venom defense with one sack (leads the team with 4) and two forced fumbles. Defensive back Kevin Patterson garnered Amarillo's first defensive score of the season with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. With two interceptions last week, the Venom lead IFL in interceptions with 20.
Arkansas (8-2) leads the Lonestar East Division (second straight week Amarillo has hosted a division leader) and is 4-0 on the road. The Diamonds play their second of three straight road games and have won six of their last seven contests. Both defenses look to shine, as Arkansas leads the conference with the least amount of points allowed per game (27.1) as well as the least amount of overall points against (291). Amarillo's defense ranks second with the least amount of overall points against (323).
Fans may catch Saturday's action with Cody Eastwood and Brian Wilkerson beginning at 6:55pm CST on 1440 AM ESPN Radio or on B2 Networks.
Arkansas Diamonds (8-2) @
Amarillo Venom (8-1)
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. CST
Site: Amarillo Civic Center (5,001)
Referee: Chris Snead
Umpire: Oscar Shorten
Head Linesman: Richard Simmons
Line Judge: Brad Rogers
Back Judge: Lo van Pham
Radio: 1440 AM ESPN Radio
Broadcasters: Cody Eastwood (PXP), Brian Wilkerson (Color)
Series Record: Never met
Last Game: 66-41 WIN vs. San Angelo 5/15
Streak: WON 1
Coaches: Jon Lyles, Venom & Danton Barto, Diamonds
THE SKINNY: With a 25-point win over San Angelo last week, the Venom clinched the Lonestar West Division title and a home playoff date. After tonight's game at home vs. Arkansas, the Venom will not return to the Civic Center until their home finale June 12th vs. Austin.
THE SERIES: Amarillo and Arkansas have never met.
* Amarillo's defense has collected the most interceptions (20) in the IFL.
* Buff WR: West Texas A&M alumni Anthony Clark and Carl Johnson combined for all four of Amarillo's receiving touchdowns last week.
The Venom will begin a two-game road trip beginning in Abilene May 29th at 7:05pm CST. Fans may catch Saturday's action beginning at 6:55pm CST on 1440 AM ESPN Radio or on B2 Networks.
The AMARILLO VENOM is a proud new member of the Indoor Football League. The team's front office is located at 901 S. Buchanan in downtown Amarillo. Playoff packages are now available! Call (806) 350-PASS (7277) or visit govenom.com.
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