Wide Receiver starts at QB as 'Hawks real in BlueCats
06/01/03 RiverHawks Press Release
Saturday had all the makings for a great indoor football game. Both teams came out with high-octane offenses, and players making game breaking plays, but the RiverHawks defense showed up when it counted. The RiverHawks (4-5) kept their playoff hopes alive with a close 55-49 victory over the Evansville BlueCats (0-10). The RiverHawks started off the night of scoring when Garrett Fowler nailed a 32-yard field goal in the first two minutes. Evansville answered quickly when former RiverHawks RB Mike Cosey scored from 2 yards out. RiverHawks QB Bo McCray, a wide receiver starting at QB due to the injuries to the RiverHawks quarterbacks, took the next play and tossed a 23-yard pass to Tavarius Davis for the touchdown. Evansville kept up the fast-paced game with a 44-yard pass from former RiverHawks QB Akili Roberson to L. Williams to make the game 14 –10. Vic Wharton took the ensuing kickoff and ran 43 yards to the Evansville 7 yard line. Birdie Dockery capped off the return with a 7-yard TD run. The first quarter ended with Evansville up 21-17.
The scoring did not slow down in second quarter of play. On the first play of the second quarter, RiverHawks RB Dockery ran 10 yards for the score. The scoring fest went back and forth, but the highlight of the quarter was RiverHawks’ QB McCray connecting with Davis. After the touchdown Davis pulled a sharpie pen from his sock and autographed the ball for a fan remaking San Francisco’s Terrell Owens antic. The half ended as G. Fowler kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to pull the RiverHawks within one point at 35-34.
The scoring continued in the third quarter as Evansville QB Roberson threw a 31-yard touchdown pass on the second play. The RiverHawks defense finally came through with a big play as NG James Beavers forced a fumble and DE Chris Eggelston recovered with Dockery scoring on the next play to give the RiverHawks a 47-42 lead. The RiverHawks did not relinquish the lead as the defense stopped Evansville on downs. Evansville was still not finished as they stopped the RiverHawks from scoring and drove the length of the field in the last minute. The RiverHawks defense, however, would not be denied the win; buckling down and coming through when it counted. The RiverHawks defense stopped Evansville’s offense on four plays from the 10-yard line as time expired. Final score: RiverHawks 55, BlueCats 49
RiverHawks GM/Offensive Coordinator Garmez Parks said, “Bo McCray has really stepped up to help with the injuries to both quarterbacks. We started a wide receiver at quarterback tonight and still put up 55 points and won the game. He deserves the game ball for tonight’s victory. Our defense also stepped up at crunch time and made several big plays to stop Evansville’s offense”. The RiverHawks finished the night with 138 yards rushing and 71 yards passing, while Evansville finished with 99 yards rushing and 234 yards passing. Tavarius Davis had 2 TD’s and McCray threw for 2 touchdowns and rushed for one for the RiverHawks. Birdie Dockery, NIFL 2002 MVP, had a stellar game, 82 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns James Beavers had 3 sacks, Broderick Simpson led the defense with 8 tackles and Eggleston and McCombs added one sack each.