Beef lead stampede in preseason opener

03/10/03 Beef Press Release by Bill Cornell

The Omaha Beef won their 2003 pre-season opener against the Houma Bayou Bucks by a score of 29 to 13. The Friday night opener at the Civic Auditorium treated over 6,000 screaming fans to more than two hours of great professional indoor football and family fun.

The defensive team led the stampede from the start by providing the team two touchdowns and a safety to insure a victory while smashing the Bucks scoring attempts. Defensive lineman Richard Johnson mauled the Bucks quarterback, Will Burch, for a safety to start the stampede. Johnson followed-up his early heroics by snatching a first-quarter fumble in the end zone to score a quick touchdown.

Yellow flags marked Johnson's return to the league when his enthusiasm got the best of him early in the second quarter and he was ejected from the game for a personal foul.

Defensive back Deondre Jones captured an interception early in the fourth quarter and returned it 6 yards to move the team to a secure position with a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Both defensive lineman Brett Wetton and defensive back LaMar O'neal championed the Beef's cause by snagging passes meant for the Bucks offense while defensive end Dwayne Harris played "right-back-at-ya" with a blocked field goal.

The Beef's offensive team had a rough go of it Friday as they fumbled the ball on the Buck's 1-yard line the their first possession. The offense produced only one touchdown and two field goals but weren't the worse for the wear as they continued heroically producing eight first downs and gained over 110 yards.

Beef's running back LeAndre Moore greased his wheels and rolled past the right tackle on his way to a 29-yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the second quarter to help the Beef capture the victory.

By halftime quarterback Troy Travis had completed five out of nine passing attempts to help push the Beef to a 19 to 7 lead over the bewildered Houma Bayou Bucks.

Fighting through the third quarter, the Beef maintained their lead with offensive plays like the 25-yard return by wide receiver Stephen Lovell and despite the 54-yard field goal attempted by Brandon Stewart. The Beef finished the third quarter with a 50% pass completion record and by gaining 91 total yards during the quarter.

Charging into the fourth quarter, the Beef momentarily lost their steam and allowed Houma quarterback Mack Chulli to find wide receiver Kenny Causey for a 24-yard scoring run bringing the score to the games final of 13 for the Bucks and 29 for the Beef.

Ending the game on strong footing, the new Omaha Beef can be proud of the home town pre-season showing that left the fans hungry for the regular season opener against the St. Louis Show Me Believers in St. Louis on March 29th.



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