Roughriders Ground Tarpons


Arena Football Returns to the Tampa, Florida Area as the Florida Tarpons Football Open their Home Season at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida and Robert Johnston was there with My8one3 as the Richmond Roughriders stole the glory beating the Tarpons 58-20.

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A late second quarter defensive stand helped Richmond spoil the Florida Tarpons home opener as the Roughriders took a 58-20 decision in American Arena League football action Saturday night.

Trailing 23-7, Florida had three cracks at the end zone from the one-yard line in the last minute of the first half but could not punch in it in for a score.

Florida did take the opening kickoff in the second half down the field and when Chris Wallace hit Justin Hilton on a TD pass, that cut the Richmond lead to 26-14, but it was all Roughriders from there.

Hilton had two touchdown catches, and Robert Redd one in the first quarter that gave Florida a short-lived 7-3 lead.

The Tarpons, 0-2 after losses to the 3-0 Atlanta Havoc and now 4-0 Roughriders, will be back in action Saturday, April 21 at the RP Funding Center in a rematch against the Havoc. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the arena box office by calling 863-834-8111.

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