Unbeaten LandSharks return home to play Houma

04/27/02 Lake Charles American Press
Trying to remain unbeaten, the Lake Charles LandSharks National Indoor Football League team hosts the Houma Bayou Bucks at 7 p.m. today in the Sharks' first home game since April 6.

Lake Charles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic South Division) is coming off a 30-26 win over the Austin Knights. In that win, Lake Charles did not score an offensive touchdown in the second half, but three straight defensive stands in the fourth quarter, including a first and goal in the final minute, secured the win.

It was the lowest offensive output of the season, but LandSharks coach Kip Texada chalked it up to a poorly prepared playing surface one night after a playoff hockey game was played in the same building.

"I'm not that concerned about the offense, the playing surface was terrible," LandSharks coach Kip Texada said. "They laid the turf right down on the ice. They usually put a piece of plywood down. We could have had about 21 more points, but on one play our running back gets open but slips, our wide receivers get open but slip. We were just glad to come out with the victory."

The expansion Bucks started off the season 0-3 before picking up their first win last week, a 44-24 win over Tupelo.

"They have four or five players who played at LSU and most of those played for (the now defunct arena team Baton Rouge) Bayou Beast," Texada said. "They have a lot of experience and the coach has a lot of experience. I'm actually a bit surprised they have only one win. At the start of the year I thought they would be one of the top teams in the division."

One of those former LSU players was standout quarterback Herb Tyler, but he was injured and lost for the season two weeks ago, Texada said.

The rest of the roster is made up primarily of former Nicholls State, Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi players.

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