Thursday, April 12, 2012

VooDoo Meet Talons on NET10 NFL Network Game of the Week

The New Orleans VooDoo (2-2) will make the trek to take on the San Antonio Talons (2-2) on Friday for the NET10 NFL Network Game of the Week. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. for the nationally televised game.
The VooDoo is currently riding a two-game winning streak, marking the first time since 2008 that the team has strung together back-to-back wins. The team is also fresh off of ending “The Graveyard Curse” with a 66-47 victory at home against division rival Tampa Bay Storm.
The Graveyard Curse is the nickname given to the franchise’s 12-game home losing streak that dated back to 2008 – the second longest home drought in AFL history to the Carolina Cobras 16-game home losing streak over the course of three seasons (2002, 2003 and 2004)
“It was great to get that home win for our fans last week,” said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O’Hara. “The team feed off of the fans energy, and it got loud in The Graveyard. We thank our fans for their support, and we are going to need them the rest of the way.”
In the win, the VooDoo were aided by two 26-point quarters that included a shutout second quarter. The VooDoo defense recorded four turnovers in the win, with none bigger than Jeremy Kellem’s interception that he returned 39-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Kellem, who leads the VooDoo with 28.5 total tackles, was honored by the AFL this week for his interception return touchdown as the Spalding Highlight of the Week.
“Our defense is playing at a high-level right now, and our offense has done a good job not turning over the ball,” said O’Hara. “We will have arguably our toughest test yet this weekend when we go to play Aaron Garcia and San Antonio.”
Aaron Garica  led Jacksonville to an ArenaBowl XXIV to a championship last season, and has guided the Talons this season with 1,244 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. Garcia comes into the game having thrown for over 50,000 yards and 1,000 touchdowns – both AFL records – in his 18-year AFL career.
Garcia’s 1,000th career touchdown pass came in the team’s most recent game against the San Jose Sabercats when he connected with Robert Quiroga on a 47-yard pass in the first quarter.
“They are good; there is no question about that,” said O’Hara about San Antonio. “I have a lot of respect for their team, and no that it is going to take another strong showing from our team on national television.”
The VooDoo counters with quarterback Kurt Rocco who is currently the League’s No. 1 passer, averaging 333.8 yards/game. Rocco, who is in his second year in the AFL, has a host of receivers at his disposal with L.J. Castile leading the pack for the VooDoo with 26 receptions for 315 yards and 7 touchdowns. Castile is coming off of his first 100-yard receiving game of his AFL career.
As a team, the VooDoo ranks second in pass offense (321.2 yards/game), third in total offense (338.5 yards/game) and fourth in pass efficiency (124.6). The team is also first in the AFL in turnover margin (+9).
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Alamodome on Friday night.

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