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Predators Bury New Orleans VooDoo, 63-48

Saturday April 26, 2014

 ORLANDO, FL – For the second straight week, the Orlando Predators (5-2) silenced a divisional opponent to stay atop the American Conference’s South Division. The Predators avenged an earlier loss by pummeling the New Orleans VooDoo (1-5) at CFE Arena on Saturday evening, 63-48. Orlando now holds a 4-1 record in the South Division.

Predators WR Greg Carr scored five total times on the night as he registered seven receptions for 58 yards and four touchdowns while adding one rushing touchdown. QB Jason Boltus turned in six total touchdowns, finding the end zone five times through the air with another score coming on the ground.

Orlando faced a 26-14 deficit midway through the second quarter before mounting a comeback fueled by offense and special teams. Following a 31-yard kickoff return by DB Tanner Varner, Greg Carr found the end zone as he took a handoff and barreled through the defense for a five-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, K Mark Lewis created a scramble for the football with a well executed onside attempt. DB Phillip Thomas finally emerged from the pile with the ball, retaining possession for Orlando. With momentum on their side, the Predators drove down the field and found the end zone for the go-ahead score. Boltus dropped back and tossed it up to WR Greg Carr, who outmuscled a defender for a two-yard touchdown to give Orlando a 28-26 lead at the half.

The Predators received the ball to open the third quarter and QB Jason Boltus took advantage of two newly-acquired weapons in WR Jeffrey Solomon and WR Larry Brackins. After two completions to Solomon, Boltus rocketed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Brackins for a 35-26 lead.

Mark Lewis came up big once again on the ensuing kickoff, as he booted the ball hard off the net. The ball ricocheted back into the field of play and Greg Carr recovered the kick to retain possession. Needing only one snap to find the end zone, Jeffrey Solomon rushed over the right side for a three-yard touchdown to put Orlando up, 42-26.

Orlando’s defense answered the call on the following drive, swiftly forcing a turnover on downs by denying Kurt Rocco’s pass attempt on fourth down. Five plays later, Carr converted the turnover into points as he went over the top of two defenders to secure an eight-yard touchdown reception.

New Orleans inched closer to the lead with two answered scores, as Rocco hooked up with LJ Castile and Dwayne Eley for touchdowns. A series later, Carr would halt the VooDoo’s momentum with his fourth and final touchdown reception of the night. Carr again put his physicality on display by securing the six-yard score in the end zone for a 56-41 Orlando lead.

WR Larry Beavers scored a late touchdown for New Orleans, but the Predators got the final word as FB Michael Simons bulldozed defenders on his way to a two-yard touchdown run to seal the 63-48 victory.

The Orlando Predators take to the road in Week 8 to battle the San Jose SaberCats (3-3) on Saturday, May 3rd. The matchup can be viewed live exclusively on ESPN3.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30pm EST.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
WR Greg Carr (Orlando)

RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
DB Phillip Thomas (Orlando)

J.LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE GAME
QB Kurt Rocco (New Orleans)

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME
One-handed catch by New Orleans WR LJ Castile (3:04 in the 1st QTR)

AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
Kickoff recovery by WR Greg Carr (11:24 in the 3rd QTR)

ABOUT THE ORLANDO PREDATORS
The Orlando Predators are heading into their 23rd season as Orlando’s most exciting and innovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achieved unprecedented success on the field, reaching the AFL postseason a league-leading 19 times in their history. The Orlando Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 19 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.