The Allen Wranglers finished their final away game of the season on a high note, defeating the Everett Raptors, 56-38, on Thursday night in Everett, Washington.
Although the Raptors drew first blood, the Wranglers maintained a comfortable lead for the duration of the game, as both teams continued to score back-and-forth. The Wranglers defense proved its value and played strong, led by DB Frankie Soloman, Jr. and DB Jovan Jackson.
Keeping the Raptors offense on its toes, Soloman had a fumble recovery returning for a 34 yard touchdown and one quarterback sack on the night for a total of eight tackles. Equally as dangerous, Jackson had two interceptions on quarterback Shane Austin for a total of 19 yards with nine tackles.
"Tonight was our night and the defense led this team. We hope to take this momentum into our last home game and into the playoffs," said Defensive Coach Quinn Cairo.
Darius Fudge proved to be the offensive player of the night for the Wranglers, rushing for 47 yards and 3 touchdowns. Fudge is now third in the league in rushing touchdowns with a total of 21 for the season.
Finding his rhythm, quarterback David Knighton, playing in his second game for the Allen Wranglers, went 17 for 27 in passing for 159 yards scoring four touchdowns, completing 63% of his passes. Two of Knighton's touchdowns were in the hands of backup quarterback and wide receiver Maurice Avery.
Season Finale on June 16
The Wranglers return home to Allen for the final game of the season on June 16 against the New Mexico Stars.
The last time these teams met, the Stars took a beating from the Wranglers losing 73-9.
The game will be the Wranglers Faith and Family Night, with a special post-game concert by Christian recording artists Shane and Shane.
Special group pricing is available for this event by calling the Wranglers front office at 972-912-3131.