UFL: Florida Tuskers Defeat the Las Vegas Locos
LAS VEGAS, NV -- The United Football League continued it’s season in week 2 at Sam Boyd Stadium as the Las Vegas Locomotives took on the Florida Tuskers.
The Tuskers, under the direction of former New Orleans’ Saints’ head coach, Jim Haslett took an early lead in the game, dominated through and through and led the Locos 16-0 in the half. By the third quarter, the Tuskers thoroughly demonstrated their mastery over JP Losman and the Locomotives with a score of 22-0 and finished the game to crush Las Vegas 29-15.
The Tusker’s offense, led by Brooks Bollinger, drafted by the New York Jets in 2003, completed 24 of 32 attempts for a total of 310 yards with three touchdown passes, each to a different receiver. The Tuskers are currently 2-0 after this week’s showdown. Despite Florida’s offensive momentum, the Tusker’s D-line also proved their worth garnering six sacks against Losman and the Locos offense on Wednesday.
Las Vegas head coach Jim Fassel admits to starting both week’s games badly and was seen grilling his team during half-time. The Locomotives, in the last two games, seem to be inconsistent and Losman, unable to connect with his offense, completing only 19 of 35 attempts. In the Week 1 inaugural game against the California Redwoods, the Locos started off slowly and struggled throughout the first half eventually overcoming their 14-3 deficit.
"We have started poorly in both our games," Fassel said shortly after the loss.
The league seems to be starting off slowly in its popularity with this week’s show garnering a thin attendance of approximately 12,000 fans. The league reportedly dropped ticket prices to help stimulate a larger following in these tough economic times. The UFL also decided to move one of Las Vegas’ games back home to Sam Boyd Stadium versus the previously scheduled Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.
"We just thought it was more important to capitalize on the momentum building in Las Vegas," Commissioner Michael Huyghue said of the last minute schedule adjustment.
As the UFL still struggles to make its presence known, perhaps they will be able to find a niche as being the minor league of the NFL. Despite the leagues small showing, the UFL rosters are chalk-full of NFL talent and tireless dreams of players who hope to find their way back to the big show.
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