Lubbock sneaks past Copperheads

April 20, 2008 12:44:12 PM PDT
Lubbock Renegades quarterback Robert Kent rushed for a last-minute touchdown before connecting with offensive lineman Moqut Ruffins on a two-point conversion to beat the Texas Copperheads 48-46 Saturday night at City Bank Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.The Copperheads jumped to a 14-0 lead thanks to two early Renegade fumbles. Linebacker Marcus Bacon recovered a Kent fumble in the Lubbock end zone for Texas' first score. Defensive back/wide receiver Armar Watson recovered the second Lubbock fumble and then hauled in a 9-yard TD pass from Texas QB Rudy Carlton for the Copperheads' second score.

The Renegades came alive with a 40-yard pass from Kent to WR Alvance Robinson, which would spark a 27-0 run by the Lubbock offense. The Copperheads' defense held the Renegades to a season low of 46 points but the Kent-to-Robinson connection would deliver three touchdowns and 100 yards on the night.

The Copperheads regained the lead with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard pass from Carlton to Bryan Carroll. The two-point conversion by Ruffins and a defensive stand by Lubbock would close the door on the Copperheads as Renegades DB Virgil Gray picked off Carlton's "Hail Mary" heave with 1:07 left in regulation. The Renegades were able to run out the clock to achieve their third-straight win. The Copperheads, who arguably played their best game of the season, dropped to 0-4.

Carlton completed 17 of 34 passes for 181 yards and 4 TDs. Carlton also ran for 28 yards on one carry.

Watson, who played offense and defense as well as returning kicks, scored two TDs and accounted for 201 all-purpose yards on the night.

The Copperheads travel to Boise to face the Burn on April 26. Copperheads fans can watch the game live via internet stream by visiting www.niftytv.com/af2. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:10pm CST.

The Copperheads return home to the Berry Center in Cypress on May 3 for a 7:30pm contest with the Arkansas Twisters. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Copperheads' front office at 281-807-6000 or at www.ticketmaster.com. On game day, tickets are available at the Berry Center box office. You can also visit www.txcopperheads.com for more details.

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