Wranglers Hold Off Copperheads, 41-38
AUSTIN- The Austin Wranglers welcomed Southwest Division rival, the Texas Copperheads, to U.S. Army Field at the Frank Erwin Center. The match-up marks the second meeting between these two teams, with Austin leading the series 1-0. The Wranglers, behind the accurate passing of Andy Hall and clutch defensive stops, held off the Copperheads in the final minutes to give the Wranglers a 41-38 victory.
The Wrangler receiving core had an exceptional performance Saturday night, with quarterback Andy Hall finding four different receivers for touchdowns. LeJuan Edwards struck first when he caught an 18-yard pass in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown. Powered by the playmaking of Ricky Williams and Demetrie McCray, the Wrangler defense held the Copperheads to one touchdown in the first quarter, with the scored tied up at 7-7.
The Wranglers opened the second quarter of play with Hall finding Mel Long for a quick strike in the endzone to move Austin ahead. Putting pressure on the Wranglers, the Copperhead squad took control of the game, recording two touchdowns and a field goal before halftime. Fullback David Kennebrew broke free for a 12-yard touchdown run for the Copperheads and Nick Gatto added a 19-yard field goal. Hall continued his touchdown passing campaign on the night, connecting with John Roberson to put the Wranglers on top 21-14. Copperhead defensive back Dez Abrams scooped up a loose Wrangler football and ran it back to end the half with Texas leading Austin 24-21.
Earning game performance honors on defense, Demetrie McCray racked up over seven tackles on the night along with four pass breakups, leaving the Copperhead offense scoreless in the third quarter. Behind the powerful touchdown run of Kamau Jackson, the Wranglers fired back to put themselves on top going into the final quarter, which would prove to be close till the end. The Copperheads scored back-to-back touchdowns in the forth quarter, with Tim Riley hauling in a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Stephen Wasil, and Kennebrew adding another on the ground. Sean Henley topped off the touchdown reception campaign for Wrangler receivers, grabbing a 16-yard pass from Hall. With Texas leading 38-35, the game would come down to the final two minutes, when Kamau Jackson found the endzone for a four-yard touchdown and the win for the Austin Wranglers 41-38.
The Wranglers enter the Forth of July week with a bye and will be back on the road to face the Lubbock Renegades on July 11th. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. and can be heard on AM 1300 The Zone. Wrapping up the regular season, the Wranglers will be back in Austin on July 26th when they'll host the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings at U.S. Army Field at the Frank Erwin Center. The game will feature Fan Appreciation Night with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. Great seats are still available for the final Wrangler home game by calling 512.339.3939 or visiting www.austinwranglers.com.
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