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BREAKING SPORTS 8-3-08 BattleWings Win 1st af2 Playoff Home Game: Rip the Renegades 77-61
Sunday, Aug 03, 2008 1:48pm

BOSSIER CITY, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: SPORTS 4pm 8-3-08  Arena Cup records were set Saturday night in the CenturyTel Center as Chavis McCollister had three consecutive kickoff TD returns. helping the 'Wings rip the Lubbock Renegades 77-61 in their first home-game af2 playoff win.  The 3,948 fans watched as McCollister set an af2 playoff record with his three kickoff returns for touchdowns from 51 yards, 50 yards, and 56 yards. 

Meanwhile, defending af2 champs, the Tulsa Talons fell to the Amarillo Dusters 65-62 at home which will give the BattleWings their second straight home playoff game, this coming Saturday at 7pm, August 9th in the CenturyTel Center

Now, the BattleWings, who lost to the Dusters early in the regular season, will get a chance to even the score with Amarillo at home.  For Playoff Game #2 ticket information, please call 318-746-8755.

Notes from the game by Chris Boyd: On the Renegades first offensive possession of the game, Wings' LB Marvin Byrdsong broke through Lubbock
offensive line and hit QB Robert Kent forcing a fumble which was recovered by Byrdsong for the first touchdown of the game. The Renegades offense struck back quickly on a 27 yard pass from QB Robert Kent to WR Alvance Robinson which tied the score at 7 early in the 1st quarter. 

The BattleWings' offensive group barely saw the field in the 1st half, but it wasn't because of a dominant Renegade defense or even time-consuming drives by Lubbock
, instead the Wings' offense was held back because of three kickoff returns for touchdowns by Wings' WR Chavis McCollister. 

The game seemed to be well in hand for the Wings' as halftime approached, but a unsuccessful onside kick and an untimely interception by Gary Cooper gave new life to the Renegades who tied the game at 42-all, just before halftime.

McCollister got the Wings back on top for good early in the 3rd quarter on a 1 yard touchdown run and the Wings' never trailed in the game again.

Jason Schule, the regular season rushing touchdown leader, ran for two touchdowns (32 and 2 yards out) late in the game to seal the first home playoff victory in team history


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