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Xplorers Back on Road Against Conquest

May 18, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Memphis Xplorers News Release

Southaven, MS-The Memphis Xplorers of the af2 are headed to Albany, New York this weekend to face the Conquest (2-4). The Xplorers currently have the best record in the league at 6-1.

Last weekend Memphis continued their dominance over division opponents, with a 46-40 victory over the Amarillo Dusters, giving Memphis a game and a half lead in the Mid West Division. Xplorers offensive specialist Kevin Prentiss earned the Offensive MVP, with 12 catches for 122 yards, and three touchdowns. The Army Ironman was Terrell Adams, who had three catches, including one touchdown, as well as an interception. OL/DL Philip Perry had the games only sack, and blocked a field goal attempt, giving him the ADT Defensive Player Honor.

Memphis had a 27-point lead over Amarillo, before allowing the Dusters to close the margin to six points with under a minute left in the game. An onside kick recovery by WR/LB Ryan Karr sealed the victory for the Xplorers.

“We cannot play this way and expect to win,” said Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto. “We need to put teams away. If we keep this up, we give the opponent confidence that they can come back on us.”

While it seems as if there is a lot to work on for Memphis, it is certainly not time to hit the panic button. The Xplorers are continuing to build off of their best start in franchise history, with the best record in the af2. “The main goal is always to get the win, and we have been very good at doing that thus far,” says Barto.

The Conquest lost last weekend to the Manchester Wolves 47-48, ending a two-game win streak. Albany will be coached by interim Head Coach Dave Bochette, after the team released Richard Davis earlier this week.

Memphis will have their first bye week of the season next weekend, before heading to Arkansas to face the Twisters the following Saturday.

Saturday night’s game against Albany is scheduled for 6:35 CST. All Xplorers games can be heard on SportsRadio WMC The Mighty 790 AM. Memphis’ next home game is June 11th against the Quad City Steamwheelers. Single game tickets start as low as $7, and can be purchased by calling 662-280-9120, visiting the DeSoto Civic Center box office, or by logging onto today.

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