Weekly LandSharks update
05/20/03 LandSharks Press Release
THIS WEEK’S GAME: vs. Tennessee RiverHawks @ Laredo, Texas
The Lake Charles LandSharks came back from back to back losses to the Houma Bayou Bucks to defeat the Okalahoma Crude 68-18. The LandSharks improve to 6-2 (5-2), while the Oklahoma Crude fall to 0-8 (0-5). Things did not look good for the LandSharks in the beginning as the Oklahoma Crude returned an interception for a touchdown to take a 6-0 lead with 10:20 left in the first quarter. The LandSharks answered back with a 5 play, 27 yard drive that culminated in a David Winbush 1 yard touchdown run to put the LandSharks ahead 7-6. The LandSharks did not look back as DL Myron Turner returned an interception 12 yards on Oklahoma’s first offensive series to extend the Sharks’ lead to 14-6. The LandSharks added two field goals by K Clint Sanford and two more touchdowns, one offensive and one defensive, to go in at halftime with a 33-18 lead. The LandSharks came out in the second half on a mission as they rolled off 35 unanswered points.
The LandSharks pounded the ball rushing for 126 yards on 33 carries. RB Byron Allen led the team in rushing with 17 carries for 79 yards. Making his debut at QB was Freddie Harrison. Harrison joined the LandSharks during Week 8 and played receiver for the LandSharks last week against the Bucks. Harrison finished Saturday’s game 9 for 17 with 145 yards and an interception. Harrison also threw 4 touchdowns and ran for 18 yards on 8 carries. WR Jermaine Martin was the leading receiver with 4 receptions for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns. This was the LandSharks first game of the season without QB Ted Robison. Robison did not dress in the game and did not attend practice during the week.
The LandSharks’ Defense scored 2 touchdowns to make up for the 2 they allowed. DL Myron Turner and DB Anthony Whitehead scored on interception returns in the first half. The defense did not allow any points in the second half and had 5 interceptions in the game. DB Anthony Porter led the Sharks with 10 tackles (8-4) followed by Darnell Lee with 8 (6-4). The LandSharks defense blocked 3 extra point attempts and 1 field goal attempt. LandSharks DL Kendal Shello had a sack and his first interception of the season.
The LandSharks travel to Laredo, Texas to play the Tennessee RiverHawks this Saturday night. The Tennessee RiverHawks were the only team to defeat the LandSharks last year. The RiverHawks are 3-4, 2-4 in the Atlantic East, and are coming off a 63-12 loss at the hands of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds. Two weeks ago, the RiverHawks beat the Oklahoma Crude 60-28 in Oklahoma. Former Ohio Valley Greyhound RB Birdie Dockery will lead the RiverHawks as they hope to remain unbeaten against the LandSharks.
This Saturday, May 24th the LandSharks will make a run for the border to Laredo, Texas to face the Tennessee RiverHawks. The LandSharks return to the Reef on May 31st to host the Beaumont Drillers. The LandSharks defeated the Drillers 61-20 in Week 6. Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Lake Charles LandSharks by visiting our website at www.landsharksfootball.com or visit the NIFL website at nationalindoorfootballleague.net and follow the links.
The Lake Charles LandSharks are still on top of the Atlantic South with a 6-2 overall record and a 5-2 division record. The Houma Bayou Bucks, 6-3 (5-2), took over the second spot in the division after beating the Tupelo FireAnts. The Beaumont Drillers fell to third place after losing to the Lexington Horsemen to drop to 5-3 (4-2).