LandSharks offense comes to life

05/19/02 Lake Charles American Press
By the end of the first quarter of the Lake Charles LandSharks 60-6 National Indoor Football League blowout win over the Oklahoma Crude, the only question was whether the fans at the Civic Center would get a free Big Mac or not.

A pair of two-point conversions in the fourth quarter saw to it that the LandSharks (8-0, 4-0 Atlantic Division) reached the magic 60-point plateau to give 3,785 fans free Big Macs. The LandSharks set franchise records for points scored and margin of victory.

LandSharks quarterback Ted Robison threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, while Shadrick McAfee made eight catches for 108 yards and two scores.

"The thing was it took us several games for everyone to adjust to everyone on offense," McAfee said. "Most of these guys were here last year, but (Robison) is new this year and I'm new this year. I think after these seven or eight games we're finally starting to gel. We're timing our routes better and Ted's getting the ball off more quickly."

Former McNeese standout Tony Citizen got his first start for injured running back Byron Allen, running for three touchdowns and the two magic two-point conversion runs.

"I did pretty good I think," he said. "I practice with these guys every week, and coach (Kip Texada) told me I was going to have to step up. The whole offense stepped up tonight."

The Crude (1-7, 1-2 Atlantic) were without their only placekicker Michael Scott as defensive back turned placekicker Larry Hendrix tried to fill in. The only Oklahoma score came in the third quarter when backup quarterback Waylon Jones connected with Adrian Perez for a 26-yard touchdown pass.

The LandSharks play a non-division home game next week against the Omaha Beef. Lake Charles has a chance to wrap up the division title with a visit to Oklahoma on June 15.

Robison threw for 147 first half yards, including three tosses of more than 30 yards, as the Sharks scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game and led 34-0 at halftime.

Lake Charles drove 30 yards in six plays to open the game, with a 19-yard Young reception setting up a one-yard touchdown run for Citizen.

A quick three and out for the Crude returned the ball to the Sharks, and Robison nailed Shadrick McAfee for a 35-yard scoring strike.

The LandSharks went for it on fourth down twice in their next drive, including a one-yard touchdown run by Freddie Bynum, who rejoined the team this week.

Robison set up his own one-yard touchdown with a 32-yard pass to Young on the next drive.

The Crude got as close to the Sharks end-zone as they would in the first half on their next drive, getting as far as the 15, but no closer.

After a failed field goal, the LandSharks got the ball back, Leroy Jackson made a stellar grab of a Robison toss for 33 yards to the Crude 4-yard-line, and Citizen scored his second touchdown two plays later.


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