Week 4 games bring familiarity

8 05 2009

A freelantz contribution, written by Jessica Lantz

sifllogoThe Southern Indoor Football League enters Week 4 of the inaugural season with two games that are sure to be hotly contested matchups … and have a sense of familiarity for those involved.

The first game tomorrow night will feature the Austin Turfcats (1-1) hosting the Louisiana Swashbucklers (2-0) at the Travis County Expo Center at 6:05 p.m.

Austin is looking for their first home win of the season, after falling just short in their first attempt in the season opener against Acadiana, a 37-29 loss. Coach Chris Duliban is looking toward the Swashbucklers as a benchmark game.  “This game will be the toughest test for our team, and it will serve as a measuring stick as far how far we still need to go as a new franchise,” Duliban said.

Meanwhile, Louisiana coach Darnell Lee feels that the Turfcats match up well against his team.  “They’re very athletic,” said Lee. “Our organization does not underestimate anybody in the league.”  Lee is quick to point out the prior knowledge each team has of one another, primarily due to the large number of players and coaches who were part of the CenTex Barracudas in the Intense Football League and “a lot of our guys know a lot of their guys.”

This familiarity could lead to an intense battle between players and coaches alike as the Bucks work to earn their 21st consecutive win and the Turfcats seek the opportunity to end this streak. Read the rest of this entry »

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Patterson’s character a plus for Houma

7 05 2009

A freelantz contribution; by Jessica Lantz

Although the Houma Conquerors are starting out the season without a victory, the team has not been without the strong play and strong character shown by defensive back Derrick Patterson. 

hc_logo_61fbPatterson, playing on his first indoor football team, returned an interception for a touchdown in the Conqueror’s first contest, scooped up a fumble recovery in the second and has amassed 82 yards on six kickoff returns.  These numbers put Patterson solidly at the top of the leaderboard, with one of two team interceptions, the only fumble recovery and the most kickoff yardage by any Houma player.

Patterson, who graduated high school in 2003, has gone down a winding path to get to Houma.  Following high school in New Orleans, he entered the workforce and started playing semi-pro football for the Louisiana Hurricanes, where he garnered Rookie of the Year honors.  After Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, Patterson moved to Baton Rouge and began playing football with the Louisiana Eagles – making the All-Star team.

He then decided to try his luck at the college game, and played briefly at Victor Valley College in California before an ankle injury and an impending addition to his family prompted him to return home to Louisiana.  Meanwhile, at Conqueror tryouts on January 10th, the coaching staff noticed the spry 5’8”, 165 lb. defensive back who prides himself on “playing like he’s 6”3’”. 

Head coach Franklin Thomas Jr. is quick to praise Patterson’s humble and gracious character, saying he “plays at a high level and we’re blessed to have a player like him” on the team and that he “hasn’t disappointed us yet”.

Patterson focuses on trying “to bring a lot to the team, to be a playmaker and to go hard every play”, all while training to “be the best” at what he does.  He hopes that his recent football successes with Houma will propel him even further in the world of professional football, with dreams of playing in the Arena Football League, the Canadian Football League – or someday – the National Football League.

 http://www.southernifl.com/news/2009-05-07/pattersons-character-a-plus-for-houma.html





Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game Three – Recap and Photo Journal

7 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

2323232327ffp53684nu3396834388wsnrcg324738534344nu0mrjThe Sarasota Reds capped off a three-game home series against the Fort Myers Miracle Wednesday night with a 6-5 win, and take to the road tonight for the first of a three-game set against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Reds, now tied with the Palm Beach Cardinals at the bottom of the FSL South at 9-17, were propelled to victory by a strong offensive showing in the first inning of last night’s game, with Sarasota batters tallying a total of four scores – two of which came off a two-run shot by outfielder Denis Phipps that sailed over the left field wall.

Sarasota would score two additional runs before the night was over, the first when left fielder Carson Kainer was driven home on a single to center field by Phipps in the bottom of the third, the other as catcher Devin Mesoraco grounded out in the fifth inning, but not before second baseman Alex Buchholz tagged up at third and beat the throw home.

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Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game Two – Recap and Photo Journal

5 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

2323232327ffp53657nu3396834388wsnrcg3246-74647344nu0mrjThe Sarasota Reds knew they faced a tough go of it during a three-game home stretch against the Fort Myers Miracle that began on Monday evening.

After nearly rallying from behind in the bottom of the ninth only to lose 8-6 the previous night, quickly let things get out of hand against their opponent in Game Two on Tuesday.

Sarasota looked like it might keep things close through the first three innings, but faltered badly in the top of the fourth with the score 2-0 in favor of Fort Myers when Miracle short stop Chris Cates, left fielder Ben Revere, second baseman Steve Singleton, and third baseman Deibinson Romero all scored on a total of six hits allowed by starting pitcher for the Reds, Luis Montano, and reliever, Joseph Krebs.

The Reds responded in the bottom of the fourth, when second baseman / short stop Alex Bucholz grounded out on a hit toward third base, but left first baseman Yonder Alonso already well on his way toward home plate.

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Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game One – Recap and Photo Journal

5 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

2323232327ffp53675nu3396834388wsnrcg3246884777344nu0mrj2The first place team in the FSL South showed  Monday night why it’s gotten off to such a strong start this season (14-9 heading into last night’s contests against the Reds), with the Fort Myers Miracle, led by the hot bat of catcher Danny Lehman, lighting up the scoreboard at Ed Smith Stadium and pulling out an 8-6 victory over the Sarasota Reds.

The Reds made things interesting late, however.  Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the ninth, right fielder Dens Phipps doubled a line drive into left field and brought home both first baseman Yonder Alonso and second baseman Alex Bucholz.  Catcher Devin Mersoraco then singled on a fly ball, again to left field, which allowed third baseman Neftali Soto to score yet another run from third base.

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af2 Oklahoma City vs. Amarillo – April 25, 2009

27 04 2009

A freelantz contribution; written by Jessica Lantz

In Week 5 of the af2 season, most games were high flying affairs-as usual. One of the exceptions to this general trend, however, was the fairly low-scoring contest Saturday night between the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz and the Amarillo Dusters.

j100_1253The game saw a defensive stop in the red zone by the visiting Dusters on the Yard Dawgz’ first possession of the game, which was then followed by an Amarillo touchdown. The scoring drive was then followed up by Oklahoma City, with a touchdown reception hauled in by their veteran go-to receiver Al Hunt to knot the score at 7 after the first quarter of play.

The tie did not last long, though, as immediately after the second quarter commenced, the Yard Dawgz struck again – this time, with a touchdown pass from Robert Kent hauled in by the recently re-acquired Danny Howard.

After playing some solid defense, Oklahoma City once again took possession of the ball and spread out their scoring to yet another pass-catcher, Agim Shabaj, making the margin 21-7 early in the quarter.

A 34-yard big passing play was made when the Dusters’ Collin Drafts connected with Craig Fulton, Jr. After a missed extra point, the lead was cut to eight, but wouldn’t stay that way for long. Oklahoma City then marched down the field and after a quarterback sneak by Kent, the scoreboard read 27-13 in favor of the home team. With not much time remaining in the half, the Yard Dawgz then successfully executed an onside kick to regain control of the ball with just 1:11 left.

Then, just as the game started, the red-zone defense of the Dusters held again, leaving Amarillo down 14 as the teams headed into the locker room. Read the rest of this entry »





af2 Oklahoma City vs. Amarillo – Photo Journal

27 04 2009

A freelantz submission; All photographs property of PRISM/freelantz
Photos may not be used without permission

The following is a sampling of photographs taken as the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz hosted the Amarillo Dusters on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

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