Bandits stay unbeaten with romp past LaCrosse

04/08/02 Sioux City Journal
LaCROSSE, Wis. -- The Sioux City Bandits derailed the LaCrosse Night Train Sunday afternoon, 62-33.

Jarrod DeGeorgia passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in the victory, but the former Wayne State star and his teammates made LaCrosse no more than a whistlestop on their National Indoor Football League schedule because they've got a real freight train heading their direction.

Sioux City's second impressive NIFL outing sets up an early season showdown next Sunday at Sioux City Municipal Auditorium against I-29 rival Sioux Falls. The Bandits will risk their 2-0 record in the matinee contest (3:05 p.m.) against the Storm.

Sioux Falls hiked its record to 4-0 Sunday with 46-3 home victory over the winless Wyoming Cavalary. Last year, Sioux Falls started the season 4-0 and then lost its next six games.

For the second straight game Sunday, Sioux City cracked the 60-point barrier. Coach Carl Reinhardt's Bandits bushwhacked the Enid-based Oklahoma Crude in their opener, 63-3, two weeks ago in Sioux City.

DeGeorgia completed 12 of 15 passes before a crowd of 1,500 at the LaCrosse Center and his pinpoint accuracy produced 175 aerial yards.

He tossed an 32-yard touchdown pass to former Northwestern College NAIA All-American Dave Perrigo to open the scoring at 12:45 of the first quarter, the hooked up with Perrigo on a 15-yard TD pass with 2:55 remaining in the first half.

That TD and Lamont Truitt's 50-yard return of a missed La Crosse field goal with 1:28 left in the first half put the Bandits in front 34-14.

LaCrosse struck back quickly, though, a four-yard TD pass from Colby Vogt to former Minnesota standout JoJo Justice with just 30 seconds remaining in the opening half.

The Bandts then took any remaining steam out of the Night Train when Jerry Davis hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from DeGeorgia with just two seconds left in the half.

Davis also scored earlier in the half on runs of eight and two yards.

Leading 41-21 at the break, the Bandits salted away the victory when Johnny Ostermeyer snared a six-yard TD pass from DeGeorgia and the DeGeorgia slipped a yard for another third-quarter touchdown, opening a 55-21 lead.

Zach Mathers returned a pass interception 30 yards for Sioux City's final touchdown with 1:49 remaining in the game.

LaCrosse made its effort presentable when Ben Antony caught a 21-yard TD pass from Vogt and Doby Howard hit Julius Shelton with a 25-yard scoring pass, both in the fourth quarter when the issue had long been decided.

The LaCrosse record slipped to 0-3 in all games.

The Bandits are also 2-0 in the Northern Division of the NIFL's Pacific Conference. All of LaCrosse's losses are in divisional play.

NIFL NOTEBOOK: Former Westmar University quarterback Jason Murdoch was scheduled to make his NIFL debut Sunday for Rapid City, S.D., in a game with Bismarck, N.D. Bismarck won that contest, 48-38. Murdoch, who played at the University of Minnesota before tranferring to Westmar for his senior year, was named coach of the Yakima, Wash., franchise, but the team ceased operations just before the NIFL season was to open....

Former Nebraska-Omaha quarterback Kwanzi Watts started for the Omaha Beef in a 51-31 loss Sunday to the Lincoln Capitols. Watts is filling in for Troy Travis, who had elbow surgery Friday and will be sidelined for at least eight weeks. Travis, named the most valuable player in the Indoor Professional Football League last season, was injured early in a 37-20 win over Tri-City March 29....

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