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06/23/02 FireAnts Press Release

T-Cats Fight Off 'Ants Efforts

The Tupelo FireAnts lost to the Tennessee ThunderCats, 62-39, Saturday night at the BancorpSouth Center. 

Tupelo was unable to overcome a high scoring second quarter at the hands of the T-Cats.  Knoxville managed to put up 34 points in that 15-minute span alone.  For the FireAnts, Damon Smith, Chris Rainey and Kevin Copper all gained TD's on the night, with Cooper pulling in two receptions in the end zone.  On the defensive end of the game, Tupelo's Reggie Smith and Curtis Beals both gained touchdowns off of fumble recoveries.  But, the FireAnts efforts overall were thwarted by a strong ThunderCats offense, led by QB Akili Roberson.  Roberson's six touchdown passes propelled Knoxville to their eighth win of the season.

The FireAnts now stand at 4-8 overall, 1-2 in the Atlantic East division.

Looking at the Playoff Picture

All three teams in the Atlantic East division had one thing in common this past week…all three came away with losses.  While losing is never a good thing, with all three falling to opponents, the FireAnts still have a chance at the playoffs.

Right now, the 'Ants must win this weekend at Alexandria along with their final home game July 6th versus the Winston-Salem Energy.  Alexandria, on the other hand, must drop games, not only to the 'Ants, but also to Biloxi the following weekend.  For the FireAnts, it is a win-then wait situation. 

Up Next…The Rangers

The FireAnts take on the Louisiana Rangers on the road this Saturday in Alexandria, LA at 7:05pm.  Don't miss out on any of the away game action.  Listen to the game live on your home for FireAnts Football, WBIP 99.3FM or on the internet, www.fireantsfootball.com .

Looking at the Schedule

June 29th-Away vs. Louisiana Rangers

July 6th-Home vs. Winston-Salem Energy

FireAnts Fever Tuesday Night!

Join us for our weekly radio show, FireAnts Fever!  FireAnts Fever airs every Tuesday night on WBIP 99.3FM starting at 6:00pm from Cici's Pizza in Tupelo.  Don't miss FireAnts Fever, broadcasted live from Cici's Pizza in Tupelo from 6:00-7:00pm every Tuesday night this season!  Come on down to Cici's or listen live on WBIP 99.3FM.

'Ants Hit the Books in June

Members of the Tupelo FireAnts team will visit local libraries in Northeast Mississippi during the month of June.  As part of summer reading programs across the area, don't miss FireAnts players at a city near you this month!

Thursday, June 27th

Houston Library

1:00pm

NIFL Results-Week 16

Tupelo FireAnts Statistical Leaders

RUSHING

PLAYER

GP

ATT

YARDS

AVG

TD

LONG

Chris Rainey

12

165

509

3.1

14

34

Damon Smith

10

71

322

4.5

7

47

Shalando Jones

3

24

88

3.7

3

11

Reggie Smith

12

2

10

5.0

1

7

FIREANTS TOTAL

12

283

893

3.2

28

47

OPPONENTS

12

284

1226

4.3

35

44

PASSING

PLAYER

GP

ATT

CMP

INT

PCT

YDS

TD

LG

Damon Smith

10

126

57

5

45.2

628

11

28

Todd Jordan

7

115

51

7

44.3

424

4

33

Chris Rainey

12

9

3

0

33.3

25

0

13

Cory Hill

1

3

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

FIREANTS TOTAL

12

254

111

13

43.7

967

15

33

OPPONENTS

12

250

131

13

52.4

1214

33

47

RECEIVING

PLAYER

GP

ATT

YARDS

AVG

TD

LONG

Kevin Cooper

11

42

426

10.1

9

26

Chris Rainey

12

26

178

6.8

0

19

Mario Gray

8

12

146

12.2

0

24

Vincent Brownlee

4

8

96

12.0

3

28

FIREANTS TOTAL

12

111

1077

9.7

15

36

OPPONENTS

12

131

1388

10.6

33

47

KICK RETURNS

PLAYER

GP

ATT

YARDS

AVG

TD

LONG

Bobby Hill

10

42

675

16.1

1

50

Curtis Beals

12

15

252

16.8

0

45

Kevin Cooper

11

13

214

16.5

0

32

Damon Smith

10

7

47

6.7

0

10

FIREANTS TOTAL

12

78

1237

15.9

0

45

OPPONENTS

12

49

942

19.2

0

42

DEFENSE

PLAYER

GP

TACKLES

SACKS

INT

FF

RCV

SAF

TD

Reggie Smith

12

110

1

1

2

1

0

2

Kenzaki Jones

12

74

1

1

0

1

0

1

Carnell Houston

11

56

12

0

0

1

0

1

Bobby Hill

10

42

0

4

1

1

0

2

Curtis Beals

12

30

0

4

0

1

0

1

Defern Stephen

5

25

3

0

0

0

1

0

Troy Glover

9

16

2

0

0

0

0

0

FIREANTS TOTAL

12

527

20

13

5

11

2

7

OPPONENTS

12

-

17

13

7

9

5

4

 
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