Weekly LandSharks update
05/28/03 LandSharks Press Release
THIS WEEK’S GAME: vs. Beaumont Drillers
TOP STORY – DEFENSE LEADS LANDSHARKS TO 36-28 WIN OVER THE TENNESSEE RIVERHAWKS; LANDSHARKS RETAIN POSSESSION OF 1ST PLACE IN THE ATLANTIC SOUTH
The Lake Charles LandSharks are back on the winning track after winning two in a row. The LandSharks improved to 7-2 (5-2) after beating the Tennessee RiverHawks 36-28 in Laredo, Texas. The game was played in Laredo to give the fans of Laredo a sneak peek of what may be in store for them in 2004.
The LandSharks relied on their ground game and defense. The LandSharks rushed for 125 yards on 27 carries. RB David Winbush had 19 carries for 93 yards setting the LandSharks rushing record with 337 yards in only his first year.
The LandSharks’ Defense held court again allowing only 28 points in a league where teams average 41.28 points per game. Safety Warren St. Junious had three interceptions, one of which he returned 15 yards for a touchdown. St. Junious had four interceptions, but his fourth interception was negated by a defensive holding penalty 20 yards away from the play. LB Darnell Lee led the Sharks in tackles with 14.5, while LandSharks DE Kendal Shello had 3 sacks, 7 tackles, and a fumble recovery.
The LandSharks welcome the Beaumont Drillers to the Reef this Saturday. The LandSharks handed the Drillers their first loss of the season, 61-20, in Week 6. The Drillers have gone 1-3 since losing to the LandSharks. Former LandSharks’ linebacker Brian Blake has taken over the head coaching duties for the Drillers. Blake, a native of Houston, played with the LandSharks for two seasons before leaving for Beaumont in the offseason. QB Derrick Taite, who has been on a skid since losing to the Sharks, is expected to lead the Drillers. Taite’s job is no longer secure, which leaves the LandSharks not knowing exactly what to expect. The Sharks do know this game is a must-win for the Drillers if they have any hope of a playoff run. The Drillers fell to 5-4 (4-3) with a 40-6 loss to the Houma Bayou Bucks last Saturday.
This Saturday, May 31st, the LandSharks return to the Reef to host the Beaumont Drillers. On June 7th, the LandSharks will travel to Austin, Texas to battle the Austin Rockers. 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 7-2 overall record and a 5-2 division record. The Houma Bayou Bucks, 7-3 (6-2), remain in second after beating the Beaumont Drillers. The Beaumont Drillers, 5-4 (4-3), remain in third place with the tie-breaker over Austin.