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3/7/2012 8:34:00 AM
Outlaws stick up Nevada Lynx at inaugural arena football game
Arizona Outlaws big linebacker Tone Woods launches himself to sack Nevada Lynx quarterback Ivan Williams during the Outlaws’ inaugural pro indoor football game at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley this past Thursday.
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Arizona Outlaws big linebacker Tone Woods launches himself to sack Nevada Lynx quarterback Ivan Williams during the Outlaws’ inaugural pro indoor football game at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley this past Thursday.
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The Arizona Outlaws, Prescott Valley's new professional indoor football team, didn't need to steal their first win. They earned it fair and square. The Outlaws ushered in March 1, 2012, like a lion over the Lynx, 40-13, at their American Indoor Football season opener Thursday at Tim's Toyota Center before about 600 fans. Photos by Cheryl Hartz.

Cheryl Hartz
News Editor


The Arizona Outlaws, Prescott Valley's new professional indoor football team, didn't need to steal their first win. They earned it fair and square.

The Outlaws ushered in March like a lion over the Lynx 40-13 at their American Indoor Football season opener Thursday at Tim's Toyota Center, before about 600 fans.

Rosevelt Ross delivered the team's first-ever touchdown and Erik Jones added the 2-point conversion to give the Outlaws an 8-0 first quarter lead.

With less than four minutes left in the first, the Lynx prevented a second TD when they intercepted a Telford Chapman pass in the end zone.

Outlaw Tony Norman returned the favor three minutes later with his own end zone interception, keeping the score 8-0 after one.

Telford connected with Jones six-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter for the Outlaws' second TD, then kept the ball himself for the 2-point conversion, making it 16-0.

Ray Warren prevented a Lynx TD by knocking down a pass in the end zone, but seven minutes before the half, quarterback Ivan Williams connected with receiver Jarrell Patterson for Nevada's first score of the game. The extra point failed when the ball hit the left upright and bounced into the right side stands.

Arizona countered with a TD on the first play after kickoff, but referees called it back on an offensive penalty.

Arizona's next TD came from an unexpected source - big lineman Tone Woods, who scooped up a Williams fumble and ran it in about 12 yards.

Jones added the 2-point conversion on a Chapman pass.

On the very next Lynx series, Woods sacked Williams in the end zone for a safety, and the Outlaws led 26-6 headed into the break.

"Tone Woods played a great defensive game," Outlaws co-owner and head coach Terry Foster said. "Defensively, we were very aggressive. We came up with a lot of big plays, set the tone (no pun intended) and kept the momentum going. I'm very proud of the defense."

The Outlaws organization provided halftime entertainment in the form of its 9-member dance team, The Jersey Lillies, followed by rock band Two Dollar Grey out of Phoenix.

The Outlaws continued their scoring blitz four minutes into the third, when Jamar Dials completed a pass from Chapman, then converted two more points.

Dominique Mitchell made a leaping grab for what would be Arizona's final TD of the game. A pair of penalties moved the ball beyond normal conversion range, and the score stood 40-6 as the third ended.

Nevada got a Hail Mary TD pass on the fourth quarter's first play. A successful kick followed to make it 40-13.

Did the game go as Foster expected?

"Through training camp, we talked about having a high-powered offense with our great receivers and veteran quarterback. It took awhile to get our momentum going, and that was unexpected," the coach said. "But the biggest change in sports is from week one to week three, so we will get better and operate as a total offensive machine."

He mentioned some more standout performances, including Tony Norman's two interceptions and pass break-ups, along with Rosevelt Ross' contributions at running back in arena football's usually dominated passing game.

Everyone on the 20-man roster played.

"We expect all 20 to contribute each and every week," Foster said, adding, "We want to thank those who came to support us, and invite everyone to come and see the kind of product the Outlaws are."

The Outlaws play host to the Ontario (Calif.) Warriors at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Halftime entertainment includes Haven's End, another high energy rock band out of Phoenix.

"The Warriors have guaranteed their fans a Western Conference championship," Foster said. "The coach told their season ticket holders he will give them free season tickets for the 2013 season if they don't deliver."

Foster said the Warriors beat the California Eagles 47-31 this past week, so the Outlaws have their work cut out for them.

"We expect a competitive game but with the same results (as our first game). I'm not one of those coaches who guarantees wins, but I guarantee we won't be losing," Foster said, and the usually understated coach laughed.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: outlaw fan

"who is he and who cares?" um at least he's doing more to try to bring some entertainment and team spirit to this town, vs you, who would rather spend time leaving negative comments with nothing better to do than sit on the computer and read about what others are actually doing.. Im happy to see this team come to prescott, I hope negative people dont ruin it for everyone, with an attitude like that were going to have nothing entertaining in this town than whiskey row. love the team and the group of people behind them, go outlaws!

Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Article comment by: what product You need a coach first

who is this joke Foster? LOL...He acts like he has brought all these good guys to PV to play football? Who cares?? I didn't want to see adult pop warner.
Its funny how people come into PV acting like they are the god of things and forget about who the real studs in town are. LOL




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