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Tri-City rallies past Outlaws

05/12/01 Billings Gazette Staff
KEARNEY, Neb. — The Tri-City Diesel scored nine points in the final 26 seconds of the game to rally past the Billings Outlaws, 50-43, Friday night.

The second loss in a row drops Billings to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the Central Division of the National Indoor Football League. The Outlaws host the Yakima, Wash., Shockwave next Friday.

The Diesel improve to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the Central Division. Billings defeated Tri-City, 41-19, on April 20.

The loss spoiled Mitch Donahue’s return to professional football. The Outlaws’ head coach suited up and played defense for his team.

The 33-year-old Donahue last played in 1994 when he appeared in three games for the Denver Broncos. He had two tackles and recovered a fumble late in the first half.

After trailing by as many as two touchdowns in the first half, Billings rallied to lead 28-27 at the half and took a 43-41 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Brandon Schillinger with 52 seconds remaining in the game. Full story>>

Rapid City finishes strong, downs Outlaws 42-23 

05/05/01 JOE KUSEK Billings Gazette
Mitch Donahue came out of the locker room, leaned up against the wall and offered his assessment. 

“That hurt," he said quietly. 

In general terms, the Billings Outlaws’ head coach was speaking of his team’s disheartening, 42-23, loss to the Rapid City, S.D., Red Dogs Friday night at Metra. 

The crucial National Indoor Football League setback dropped Billings to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Central Division. Rapid City improves to 4-1 overall and 3-1 within the division standings. 

Donahue’s feelings could have applied to other areas. 


  • Watching the Outlaws go scoreless in the second half after pulling within two, 25-23, by halftime. 

  • Seeing Rapid City push Billings all over the field in the final two quarters.

  • Standing helplessly as two blown coverages were exploited into easy Red Dog touchdowns. 

  • Hearing the fans, who loved the two-quarterback idea last week, vent their anger about the situation Friday night. 

Knowing Billings faces a steep uphill climb if it wants to be in playoff contention. “This was an important game," said Jeff Hamilton, the Rapid City head coach. “You lose these divisional games early, and you get to the end of the season and you’re staying home." Full story>>

Former Rocky standout Luke Twibell thriving as Outlaws’ defensive leader

05/04/01  JOE KUSEK The Gazette
Luke Twibell didn’t wait for the invitation in the mail.

When Twibell found out that indoor football would be returning to Billings a second year, he immediately got on the telephone to Mitch Donahue.

Donahue was the head coach of the Billings Thunder Bolts last year and was announced to be the head coach of the new Billings Outlaws.

“I called him up," said Twibell. “I told him, ‘I want to let you know I’m coming back. Whether you want me or not.’ "

Donahue gladly accepted Twibell’s offer.

And for good reason. Last spring, the 6-foot-1, 224-pound Twibell was the Thunder Bolts’ leading tackler, averaging almost 10 tackles a game. This season, the sturdily built linebacker is surpassing those numbers for an Outlaws defense that is beginning to assert itself. Full story>>

Outlaws News Archives

  • 04/21/01 Local favorite hauls in 4 TD catches in Outlaws’ 41-19 win

  • 04/20/01 Outlaws debut at Metra Full story>>

  • 04/15/01 Sioux Falls overwhelms Outlaws Full story>>

  • 04/08/01 Outlaws fall 35-31 in NIFL opener Full story>>

  • 04/07/01 Billings Outlaws debut in Casper Full story>>

  • 03/10/01 Outlaws’ roster taking shape Full story>>

  • 01/20/01 New owner, same coach, same game: Outlaws is Billings’ newest indoor football team Full story>>


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