Game 8 - Thunder at Predators, 5.23.15, 4 p.m. May 20, 2015 20:04:40 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on May 20, 2015 20:04:40 GMT -8
Portland Thunder at Orlando Predators
What: The Thunder make their lone appearance in Florida to take on the Predators.
When: Saturday, May 23, 4 p.m. (PT).
Where: Amway Center; Orlando, Florida.
Thunder Media: Radio - 750/102.9 The Game.
National Media: TV - CBS Sports Network.
Series History: This is the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Note: The Thunder are 2-0 when playing against teams in Florida.
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Portland Thunder Season Preview
The Thunder are 3-4 overall, 0-3 on the road and 0-2 in inter-conference play. They are coming off a 63-47 home win over the Los Angeles KISS on May 16. They are averaging 46.7 points per game (9th in the AFL), allowing 51.7 points (7th), and are averaging 249.4 yards of total offense. The Thunder are second in the Pacific Division and third in the National Conference.
The Predators are 4-4 overall, 2-2 at home and 1-1 in inter-conference play. They are coming off a 63-62 overtime home win over the Tampa Bay Storm on May 16. They are averaging 55.9 points per game (3rd in the AFL), allowing 56.3 points (10th), and are averaging 333.5 yards of total offense. The Predators are first in the East Division and possess the third-best record in the American Conference.
Thunder WR V'Keon Lacey (photo courtesy Portland Tribune)
# - name (pos)
1 - Darron Thomas (QB)
2 - Jared Perry (WR)
3 - Kyle Rowley (QB)
4 - Osagie Odiase (DB)
5 - V'Keon Lacey (WR)
7 - Marquis Jackson (DL)
8 - KC Obi (DL)
9 - Duane Brooks (WR)
10 - Kevin Goessling (K)
11 - Dexter Davis (JLB)
14 - Maurice Williams (WR)
15 - Perez Ashford (WR)
17 - Matt Pierce (DB)
20 - Bryce Peila (DB)
28 - Remond Willis (LB)
50 - Jeraill McCuller (OL)
52 - Frank Trotter (DL)
66 - Jake McDonough (OL/DL)
70 - John Martinez (OL)
73 - Sam Longo (OL)
75 - Jordan Mudge (OL)
79 - John Collins (OL)
91 - Sione Tuihalamaka (DE)
Mike Hohensee - Head Coach
Ernesto Purnsley - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Lee Johnson - Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Will Harrell - Offensive/Defensive Line Coach
Passing Yards - Kyle Rowley 1,408
Passing TDs - Kyle Rowley 26
Rushing Yards - John Martinez 31
Rushing TDs - John Martinez 5
Receptions - V'Keon Lacey 47
Receiving Yards - *Jamar Howard 610
Receiving TDs - *Jamar Howard 13
Tackles - Osagie Odiase 34
Sacks - Marquis Jackson 4.5
Interceptions - Bryce Peila 2
KO Return Ave. - Duane Brooks 20
* not on active roster
KISS WR Donovan Morgan (Photo courtesy Orlando Predators)
# - name (pos)
1 - Larry Brackins (WR)
4 - Greg Carr (WR)
5 - Bernard Morris (QB)
6 - Jeremy Geathers (DL)
8 - Terence Moore (LB)
9 - Anthony Schutt (DB)
10 - Julian Williams (WR)
11 - Brian Zbydniewski (QB)
13 - Lamark Brown (WR)
14 - Brandon Thompkins (WR)
15 - Kendal Thompkins (WR)
17 - Mantangi Tonga (LB)
18 - Mark Lewis (K)
23 - Erick McIntosh (DB)
24 - Rod Isaac (DB)
26 - Emanuel Cook (DB)
32 - Nick Taylor (DB)
49 - Meshak Williams (DL)
51 - Will Maxwell (OL)
52 - Michael Simons (OL)
68 - Ryan Cave (OL)
75 - Hayworth Hicks (DL)
78 - Erie Ladson (OL)
90 - Austin Brown (DL)
Rob Keefe - Head Coach
Siaha Burley - Offensive Coordinator
Steve Edwards - Line Coach
Passing Yards - *Randy Hippeard 1,769
Passing TDs - *Randy Hippeard 32
Rushing Yards - Bernard Morris 173
Rushing TDs - Bernard Morris 9
Receptions - Kendal Thompkins 59
Receiving Yards - Kendal Thompkins 765
Receiving TDs - Kendal Thompkins 12
Tackles - Nick Taylor 32
Sacks - Meshak Williams 4.5
Interceptions - three with 1
KO Return Ave. - Brrandon Thompkins 18.4
* not on active roster
Portland ended its three-game skid last weekend against the L.A. KISS. Then again, that's not exactly like beating the San Jose Sabercats. They still commit too many penalties to give them a real chance against the better teams in the AFL. Much of the excitement about the win over the KISS is centered around Thomas, who got his first start of the season. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 229 yards, 6 touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for a score. It was a solid outing for Thomas, who was named Russell Athletic Player of the Week for his performance. Thomas spread the ball around to Lacey (6 receptions), Perry (6) and Ashford (4). Odiase has led the team in tackles in three straight games. Goessling has made all 14 of his extra point attempts since joining the Thunder.
Orlando is sitting atop the South Division with a .500 record. The Predators would like nothing more than to reel off a few wins and won't think twice about trying to make the Thunder one of those. Morris is under center and threw for 271 yards last week in their come-from behind overtime win over the Tampa Bay Storm. However, he completed just 55.8 percent of his passes, which is considered on the low end of AFL passers. Kendal Thompkins had an outstanding game, catching 14 balls for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brian Thompkins added 3 touchdown receptions of his own. Simmons rushed for two touchdowns in the contest. Cook had a team-high 10 tackles. The Predators are billing this game as Military Appreciation night.
Thunder QB Darron Thomas: “It’s real important to go out every series and make every series count. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity.”
Thunder kick returner Duane Brooks, seen below against the KISS, has run a kickoff back for a touchdown in the past two games. He is averaging 20.0 yards on his kickoff returns this season.
Photo Courtesy bsquared
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