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Rush earn win in San Antonio 48-41

Saturday April 6, 2013

The Rush escaped from Texas with a win this evening, defeating the San Antonio Talons 48–41 to earn their first victory of the season.

The first quarter started out quick with a score from each team. On a fumbled center-quarterback exchange on just the third drive, linebacker Kelvin Morris was quick to pick it up and bring it in for a score.

After a quick scoring drive by the Talons, the Rush quickly responded with receiver Rodney Wright as the catalyst. Wright took the kickoff to the Talons 21. After a few Coffman strikes took the Rush down the field, Wright took a swing pass into the end zone.

The next two drives for the Talons and Rush resulted in a turnover on downs and a fumble, respectively. Once the Talons started their drive, a tipped ball by the Rush defensive line ended up in Defensive Back Joe Phinisee’s hands. From there, it took only a few plays for Wright to once again find his place in the end zone.

The first half ended slowly, as Talons Quarterback John Dutton suffered an apparent shoulder injury. Rohan Davey would take his place.

The Rush came out of the locker room methodically, marching down the field with the aid of San Antonio penalties. Once on the three yard line, Coffman was able to rush around right guard on a read option to widen the gap to fourteen points. After that, the floodgates opened for the visitors. Davey’s rust showed as the Talons once again could not complete the center-to-quarterback exchange. The ball was fumbled around in the end zone momentarily, until Defensive Lineman Brian McNally scooped it up, scoring his first professional touchdown.

Davey finally found a rhythm on the ensuing drive. After Jomo Wilson single-handedly extended the drive more than a few times, Tank Cook snuck into the end zone for his third touchdown of the night.

After a turnover on downs by the Rush, Davey was able to make it happen on the ground, rumbling in to bring it within seven points. After opposing drives failed to make any progress, Davey piled on with a touchdown toss. The Stefan Demos extra point was blocked, giving the Rush a one point lead with 4:30 remaining.

With the Talons smelling blood, Coffman was able to execute one of his finer drives so far this season, eating up the clock and taking the Rush the entire length of the field. A JJ Payne dump-off pass for touchdown ended the drive positively for the Rush, giving them a seven point lead with 1:35 remaining.

With the game on the line, Davey could not find an open receiver. The Rush ran the clock out, and earned their first win 48-41