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Rangers bitten by J-Dogs, 69-34

05/12/01 Town Talk sports services
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The Louisiana Rangers started and ended Friday's NIFL contest in symmetrical fashion.

The Rangers, playing their first road game after opening the season with five straight home contests, gave up 27 first-quarter points and 28 fourth-quarter points in suffering a 69-34 thrashing by the J-Dogs before 1,897.

It was the second straight lopsided defeated for the Rangers, who fell to 3-3. Last week, Lake Charles thumped the Rangers, 58-18.

The Rangers managed just 200 yards of offense and committed five turnovers despite controlling the ball for nearly 17 minutes more than Johnstown (38:20 to 21:58). The J-Dogs had 311 yards of offense. Full story>>

Rangers hit the road

05/11/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter Alexandria Town Talk
The Louisiana Rangers are ready to atone for last week's embarrassing loss to in-state rival Lake Charles.

They'll just have to travel roughly 1,200 miles to do it.

The Rangers begin their first road trip of the season at the Johnstown (Pa.) J-Dogs tonight at 7 p.m. The team had started the season with five straight home games.

"I think it will be a good experience for the team," said head coach/quarterback Jim Goodman. "Guys have been saying they can't wait to go on a road trip. It's something different, a break out of the same old routine." The team planned to leave town at 2 a.m. today to catch a 6 a.m. flight out of Baton Rouge. Louisiana plays five of its next six games on the road. Full story>>

Land Sharks devour Rangers to remain unbeaten

05/06/01 Jeff Matthews Town Talk
Lake Charles linebacker Darnell Lee is on good terms with his former teammates on the Louisiana Rangers, but he expected emotions to run pretty high when he and several other former Rangers came to town as members of the Land Sharks Saturday night.

He was happy to see he was wrong.

"It was a lot friendlier than I thought," Lee said.

That, of course, is relative. While the players from both teams did exhibit commendable sportsmanship, Lee and the Land Sharks were not nice at all to the host team, thrashing the Rangers 58-18 to stay atop the National Indoor Football League's Southern Division. Full story>>

Rangers to see familiar faces tonight vs Lake Charles

05/05/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter
Ask Louisiana coach Jim Goodman about former Rangers Eric Young and Darnell Lee, and you will likely get a glowing report. "Those guys are great players and they're great human beings," said Goodman, who also starts at quarterback for the Rangers. "I can't say enough good things about them." Of course, ask Goodman the same question Saturday after Young makes a big catch or Lee flattens him on a blitz and you might get a different answer.

Young and Lee are part of a group of several former Rangers who will come to the Rapides Coliseum tonight at 7 as member of the Lake Charles Land Sharks. 

Lee, a linebacker, was the Rangers' leading tackler and defensive captain last year. Young, a receiver who battled injuries for much of the year, had emerged as the team's top return man and big-play threat by the end of the season. 

Other former Rangers now playing for the Sharks include defensive backs Anthony Porter and Corey Stewart and offensive lineman David Lewis. Full story>>

Record-setting Rangers face familiar foe

05/03/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter
In the second half of Louisiana's wild 94-70 victory over Tupelo Saturday, Rangers quarterback/head coach Jim Goodman had what is undoubtedly one of the best problems a coach can come across - how to share the historic moment with as many players as possible. 

It seems he did a pretty good job. In all, five different receivers caught passes and six different players ran the ball in the record-setting win. 

"Everybody was having so much fun," Goodman said. "When things are going that good for you, you want to make sure everybody gets a taste." The 164 points is the highest single-game total for two teams in the history of major professional football, surpassing the total of 161 scored by San Jose and New England in an Arena Football League contest on June 9, 2000. Full story>>

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