The Rush finish their home schedule on a losing note and here’s how it all went down:
First Quarter: A brawl between both teams broke out before kickoff. But once the game started Rush Receiver Reggie Gray returned the opening kick the full 50 yards to take a 7-0 lead with 14:10 remaining in the game.
But the Talons would tie the game on their first drive of the game. Aaron Garcia went 3-4 passing and capped it off with a 27 yard touchdown pass to Derek Lee to tie the game at 7 with 11:22 left in the first.
The Rush would turn the ball over when Russ Michna over threw Jared Perry and it was intercepted by the Talons. But the Rush would get the ball back 4 plays later when Jorrick Calvin picked off an Aaron Garcia pass. Russ Micha would drive the Rush downfield and cap the drive off with a 4 yard touchdown run by Luke Drone. But Joe Houston would miss the extra point so the Rush only led 13-7 with 2:22 remaining.
The first quarter would end with San Antonio making it all the way down to the Rush 15 yard line.
Second Quarter: Garcia puts the Talons in the end zone again with a touchdown pass to Receiver Jomo Wilson. It was 14-13 Talons with 12:00 remaining.
When the Rush went back on offense Russ Michna got sacked and knocked down twice. Then on 3rd down Michna under pressure again found a wide open Jared Perry from 41 yards out to take a 20-14 lead with 7:38 left before halftime.
On the Talons next possession it seemed like Jorrick Calvin had his 2nd pick of the game but it was wiped out by an illegal defense penalty. A few plays later Aaron Garcia found Derek Lee again but they would miss the extra point. The game was tied at 20 with 2:03 left before halftime.
But Russ Michna would answer back as he throws it to Jared Perry who makes a beautiful overhead catch to take a 27-20 lead at the one minute warning.
On the ensuing kickoff the Rush for whatever reason beyond any human understanding attempted an onside kick but the Talons would recover and score thanks to Derek Lee. The game was now tied at 27 with :57 left to play.
Third Quarter: San Antonio started the 2nd half on offense. First Aaron Garcia converted a huge 3rd down and 20 to put the Talons on the Rush 9. Then Garcia would hook up with Lee again for another touchdown pass. San Antonio would take a 34-27 lead with 9:09 remaining in the third.
But 3 minutes later Russ Michna would fin Jared Perry for the 2nd time to tie the game at 34 with 6:04 remaining in the third.
On the ensuing kickoff the Rush would strip the ball from Talons kick returner Brent Holmes but the referees initially ruled down by contact. Coach McMillen would issue a challenge and the replay proved it was a fumble and the Rush won the call. On the very next play Reggie Gray would score but then another fight would break out before the extra point. Once things calmed down the Rush would convert the PAT to take a 41-34 lead.
But then the Talons would come right back with another Aaron Garcia touchdown pass to tie the game at 41. 3:24 was left on the clock at that point.
Fourth Quarter: San Antonio started the game 1st and 10 from the Rush 15. Garcia threw a pass towards the end zone but it was broken up by Semaj Moody. But for some reason the refs called pass interference on Moody. So the Talons had it 1st and goal from the Rush 2. They tried a running play but the Rush defense stopped the play back at their own 15. But Garcia would throw another touchdown pass afterwards. But the Talons would miss the extra point so the game was tied at 41 with 13:22 left.
Then on the Rush’s next possession J.J. Payne would score from half of the field on a beautiful screen pass from Russ Michna with a great block from T.J. Watkins. The Rush would take the lead back 54-47 with 10:41 left in the game.
But the celebration would be short lived as the Talons would score again. It started with a monster kick return by Talons Receiver Jomo Wilson to take San Antonio down to the Rush 14 yard line. Aaron Garcia would follow it up with a 14 yard touchdown pass to Wide Receiver Jason Willis to tie the game at 54 with 9 minutes left.
The Rush would turn the ball over on downs as Russ Michna was sacked twice on the next drive. The Talons would get another generous call courtesy of today’s officials, illegal defense against the Rush. Then San Antonio scored on a 6 yard run by Fullback Chad Cook, Jeffery Fitzgerald was held on that play but it was not called. The Talons led 61-54 at the one minute warning.
The Rush would try to answer back but would turn the ball over on downs again when Russ Michna would get sacked. He was sacked 5 times on the day, the Talons would run the clock out from there and go on with a 61-54 win.
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