In the game of Arena2 Football, offense is king and defense is well, offensive. But despite that, the Mid-South/Memphis Xplorers could only gain a total of 4 yards in offense in the first quarter against the Arkansas Twisters. The Xplorers never recovered from the slow start and lost its 5th straight game, 49-28 in front of a crowd of 2,078.
Xplorers (0-5) QB Matt Lefever couldn't live up to his name and stayed ice-cold throughout the game, throwing 35 times for only 172 yards and 1 touchdown.
Those numbers by themselves might be a decent outing in outdoor football but for two things. The first is that Lefever also threw 5 interceptions. The second is that his numbers pale fairly in comparison to the numbers of Twisters' (1-4) QB Herbert Ricky, who completed 18 of 32 for 282 yards, and 5 touchdowns.
The Xplorers did control the clock due to their insistence on
rushing the football, another rarity in the arena league. Unfortunately for Memphis, the team rushed 20 times for only 77 yards, showing why so few teams keep the ball on the ground.
The Xplorers next game is Saturday, May 12, 2001 at home against Louisville.