News from the nest

04/23/03 RiverHawks Press Release

The Tennessee RiverHawks captured their second win this past Saturday with a 65-48 victory over the Fort Wayne Freedom.  The win puts the RiverHawks in the running for second place in the Atlantic East division.  On April 26th the RiverHawks will take on the Lexington Horsemen.  A win against the Horsemen will move them into second place in the division. 

The tension was high on the field Saturday night as two players from both teams where ejected for fighting.  The incidents only fueled the RiverHawks.  The RiverHawks  used a balanced attack of rushing and passing along with several defensive stands to overcome the Freedom.  The RiverHawks, which lead the league in rushing, ran 37 times for 153 yards.  Quarterback Steve Christie had a break through performance throwing for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Christie also rushed ten times for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Birdie Dockery had 18 rushes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Walker had 3 touchdowns one rushing and two receiving.

            The RiverHawks offense combined for 65 points and 303 total yards. The defense looked great forcing the Freedom into four turnovers and three possession losses on downs.  Broderick Simpson blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter forcing a safety, while Vic Wharton intercepted a pass from Antoine Taylor.  The best part of the night was watching Vic Wharton and Broderick Simpson deal out bone jarring hits to the Freedom.  Wharton led the defense with 9 tackles and 1 interception, while Simpson added 8 tackles, 3 for a loss.  The night of scoring and anger was capped off when the Freedom, in a last effort, attempted an on-side kickoff.  Their effort failed when Bo McCray caught the kick and returned it for a touchdown as time expired.  

            The RiverHawks are now 2-2, but the win over Fort Wayne was costly.  The RiverHawks lost both their starting strong safety Kevin Terrell and starting wide receiver Jervoni Jackson to ACL tears.  Quarterback Bryan White did not play due to a strained knee.  White will see limited action this week in the match-up against Lexington.

            Saturday, April 26 the Tennessee RiverHawks take on the Lexington Horsemen for control of second place in the Atlantic East Division.  The Horsemen are coming off of a 61-20 win over the Oklahoma Crude.  The Horsemen are led by former University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Guy Franklin while former UK quarterback Dusty Bonner leads the offense.  The RiverHawks are hosting Knox County Schools Night.  All Knox County teachers will receive a $2 discount off any upper balcony ticket with a valid school ID. 




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