Xplorers Win National Conference
Southaven, MS- The Memphis Xplorers of the af2 won the National Conference Title tonight, after they clawed back from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat the Rio Grande Valley Dorados 64-49.
Memphis trailed 36-23 at halftime, before outscoring the Dorados 14-0 in the third quarter to take a one-point lead. The Xplorers won the second half battle 41-13.
The Xplorers were led by OS Kevin Prentiss who had seven catches for 91 yards and five TDs. He was voted the Offensive MVP. Prentiss also added four kick returns for 104 yards, including his long on the night at 40 yards.
The ADT Defensive MVP was Salé Key, who led off the game with an interception of a Josh Kellett pass, and returned it into the end-zone for the touchdown. He would add another interception later in the first half. Overall Key finished with two tackles and two pass deflections.
The US Army Ironman was Xplorers' WR/DB Terrell Adams who intercepted the final play of the game and returned it for a touchdown. Adams caught three passes for 30 yards. Defensively he had 12 tackles, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Xplorers QB Brian Jones had 15 pass completions for 221 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball eight times for 29 yards and two TDs.
"I was very proud of the guys for not giving up tonight," said Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto. "Rio Grande Valley is a tough football team, and our guys played expectionally well to get this win."
Memphis will now face the winner of tomorrow night's American Conference Championship between the defending champion Florida Firecats and the Louisville Fire. All Xplorers games can be heard on SportsRadio WMC, The Mighty 790 AM. Memphis Xplorers Arena Football! Back in Black!
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