Wolves back to .500 after 50-40 road win
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Manchester Wolves picked up their first road victory of the year, a 50-40 win over the Mahoning Valley Thunder in front of 3,349 fans on Cortland Banks Field at the Chevrolet Centre on Friday night. The Thunder (3-5) extended their losing streak to five straight while the Wolves (4-4) gained sole-possession of second place in the American Conference East Division.
Wolves QB Mark Radlinski finished 20-of-35 for 242 yards and five touchdowns. His lone interception was returned 50-yards for a touchdown by Thunder DB Maurice Taylor. The Thunder had not intercepted a pass since April 21 versus Cincinnati, and the score was the first defensive touchdown of the year for the Thunder.
Radlinski connected with five different receivers on the night, spreading touchdowns to three of them. He added one rushing touchdown - a one-yard scamper in the third quarter.
In his first career arenafootball2 start, former Duke Blue Devil and Thunder QB Mike Schneider finished 20-of-31 for 200 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He added one rushing touchdown to pull the Thunder within 10 with 31 seconds remaining in the game.
Thunder WR DeMarcus Mathes led all receivers with nine catches for a game-high 122 yards and two scores. FB Tim Murphy added a 33-yard touchdown run and TE Jamel Lee scored his first career touchdown on a 19-yard pass from Schneider. Wolves K Dylan Pohlman booted a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter, his longest this season.
Wolves WR Ari Confesor earned Schutt Offensive Player of the Game honors for his six-reception, 78 yard performance. Taylor nabbed the ADT Defensive Player of the Game award following his 9.0 tackle, one PBU, one forced fumble and interception return of 50-yards for a touchdown.
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