Wranglers Fall Behind Early, Lose to Dorados 33-17
Hidalgo, Texas --- The Austin Wrangles traveled to Hidalgo, TX for a Southwest Division battle against the Rio Grande Valley Dorados. Coming off an overtime win last week against Lubbock, the Wranglers chase for a division title were cut short by a strong defensive performance by the Dorados in a 33-17 loss. With the first touchdown coming in the third quarter for Austin, the Wranglers found themselves in a fight all night.
The Dorados opened up a 21-3 lead at the half on reception TDs by Anthony Chambers and Eddie Jackson from rookie QB Tiger Lyon. Lyon also called his own number from the 1-yard run to give Rio a 14-3 lead with 48 seconds left in the first quarter. The RGV defense held the Wranglers to a field goal in the first quarter and shut down the Wranglers from the 2-yard line with time winding down in the first half.
The Wranglers cut the lead to 21-10 on a 1-yard run by QB Andy Hall for the only scoring in the third quarter. The Dorados answered back on 4-yard run by Robert May in the fourth quarter for the Rio Grande Valley, upping their lead to 28-10.
Hall hit his favorite receiver on the night, John Roberson, with a 21-yard TD pass, to make it a 28-17 game but that was all the Wranglers could muster against a tough Dorado defense. The Dorados added a safety and Brian Hazelwood field goal to round out the scoring at 33-17.
The Austin Wranglers will feature Fan Appreciate Night on July 26th when they'll wrap up the regular season against the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings at U.S. Army Field at the Frank Erwin Center. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Great seats are still available for the final home game by calling the Austin Wranglers at 512.339.3939 or visiting www.austinwranglers.com.
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