Sunday Arena Action In Lakeland Proves Fruitful for Tarpons
The Florida Tarpons Football defeated the Austin Wild Indoor Football, 50-30 on Sunday at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida and Robert Johnson was there with 6 Round Studio and My8one3 Bringing you all the action.
John Banks caught three touchdown passes, and George Jenkins graduate Reggie Ellis contributed his second spectacular touchdown catch in as many weeks as the Florida Tarpons tamed the Austin Wild, 50-30, for their first win of the 2018 season Sunday afternoon at the RP Funding Center.
Banks opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game on a nine-yard pass from Chris Wallace, and in the fourth quarter added TD grabs of 11 and eight yards. Keith Deveaux had touchdown receptions of 8 and 27 yards, both in the second
quarter. Ellis’ grab was on a 32-yarder midway through the first quarter as he crashed head-over-heels over the end boards just as he and the ball arrived at the back of the endzone at the same moment.
Lineman Raquelle Burnett added the other Tarpons score, which extended Florida’s 28-14 halftime lead.
On the unsual play, Burnett missed making the initial catch, but the ball bounced off the top of the boards and back into the endzone, meaning the ball was still in play since it hadn’t hit the turf, where Burnett caught it on his second try.
Florida improved to 1-3 on the season, while Austin, who got three rushing touchdowns from quarterback Eric Tennison, fell to 3-2.
The Tarpons will host the Peach State Cougars next Saturday in Lakeland, with kickoff at 7 p.m.