Talons Claw their Way to Victory 34-30 Over Jacksonville
Sunday May 12, 2013
SAN ANTONIO – Perseverance from the Talons offense proved the difference Saturday night, as the San Antonio Talons (3-4) overcame a contest filled with turnovers and interceptions to take down the Jacksonville Sharks (6-2) with a score of 34-30 giving them just their second loss of the season. Xavier Lee and D.J. Stephens worked together to produce a dual threat to Jacksonville’s defense. They combined for four touchdowns and 254 yards on the night in front of a crowd of 7,869 at the Alamodome.
Jacksonville’s Jeff Hughley returned Demos ‘opening kickoff 14 yards before he was taken down by Pierre Turner. The Sharks completed six plays for 36 yards in their opening drive, but were unsuccessful after Morris’ pass was intercepted by Jamar Ransom in the end zone. It took the Talons only four plays to find the end zone with Hill’s 28 yard pass to Stephens. Demos’ extra point put the Talons on top 7-0 with 7:57 left in the first quarter.
Morris favorited receiver Jeff Hughley from the start, but they failed to connect in their second drive of the game. The Talons offense came out strong in the first play of their second possession with Hill’s 27 yard sideline pass to Xavier Lee for San Antonio’s second touchdown, putting the Talons up 14-0. With less than a minute to go in the first quarter, Defensive Lineman Justin Parrish ran a four yard touchdown, but Capozzoli’s failed extra point resulted in a 14-6 Talon lead. Only seconds remained on the clock when Talons secured possession at the end of the first quarter. The Talons continued their drive in the second quarter where Hill was sacked for a loss of 5 yards after a couple of rush attempts. Demos’ failed 64 yard field goal left the score at 14-6 Talons, but not for long.
Bernard Morris began to find his rhythm, completing passes to White and Harvey in Jacksonville’s drive. Defensive Lineman Matt Marcorelle finally found the end zone on his second rush attempt, and Capozzoli’s kick brought the Sharks within a point of the Talons lead 13-14. Hill was able to connect with Stephens and Wilson, but was eventually intercepted by Smith. Jacksonville capitalized on the interception, scoring on Morris’ pass to Harvey to give the Sharks their first lead of the game with 5:14 left in the half.
San Antonio had a rough third quarter. Hill was sacked for a loss of four yards, and was intercepted by Tracy Belton. Adding a glimmer of hope, Hisatake forced a fumble by Belton, but the Talons were unable to capitalize on the opportunity when Hill was sacked and Jacksonville recovered the fumble resulting in a 16 yard rushing touchdown by Morris. The Sharks lead quickly jumped to 27-14 with 6:09 left in the third. The last drive of the third quarter the Talons completed 8 plays and emerged victorious when Hill found Stephens with a 14 yard pass and no time left on the clock. Even with a miss kick attempt by Demos, Stephens’ touchdown brought the game within one position at the end of the third quarter.
Sharks kicker, Capozzoli completed a 24 yard field goal to secure a double digit lead at 30-20. San Antonio answered back with a 28 yard touchdown catch by Wide Receiver D.J. Stephens to bring the Talons within three points and less than 9 minutes left to play. On the assuming kickoff the Sharks committed a personal foul pushing them back and shifting momentum to the home team. The Sharks went four and out, and Nick Hill answered back with three straight completions. After a personal foul on the defense the Talons converted on the very next play moving within 5 yards of the end zone. Chad “Tank” Cook rushed the ball to the one yard line and later on in the drive Xavier Lee pushed through the defensive line to give the Talons the final 34-30 lead with one minute on the clock. As the Talons have all year, they relied on their defense to keep them in the game and they were prepared for the task at hand.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE GAME
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME
DJ Stephens’ 4th quarter touchdown catch
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
DJ Stephens’ 4th quarter touchdown catch
About the Talons
The San Antonio Talons are in their second season in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team was moved to San Antonio from Tulsa, Okla. in 2012 and won the AFL’s Central Division title, as well as hosted their first AFL playoff game in the 2012 season. For more information or to ask about season tickets please call 210.227.TEAM.