Dorados Final Road Game

POSTED: Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 10:54pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

Rio Grande Valley Dorados (7-6) at Tulsa Talons (11-2)
GAME #14, WEEK 16
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 7:05 PM (CST), BOK Center
RADIO: REAL COUNTRY 102.1FM (Rich Bocchini)
IN ARENA BROADCAST: 93.5 FM (Home only, re-broadcast of 102.1)
WEB VIDEO: All home and most road games available at www.doradosfootball.com via NIFTY-TV
RGV Head Coach: Marty Hammond (4th Season, 36-24 Reg. season, 1-1 playoffs)

DORADOS MEDIA CONTACT:
Rich Bocchini (O: 956-843-7825, C: 956-569-6401), media@killerbeehockey.com
Officials
R Derick Bowers
U Kevin Akin
HL Jeremy McCurley
LJ David Thomas
BJ Kenny Stabler

THE SETUP
The RGV Dorados (7-6) play their final regular season road game against the Tulsa Talons (11-2). This is the only meeting between the two teams.

RGV occupies the No. 6 playoff position and clinched a postseason berth with last week’s win over Oklahoma City. The Dorados could move up as high as the No. 3 seed if they can take the Southwest Division title (currently held by Arkansas, 9-4). Bossier-Shreveport (8-5) currently holds the No. 5 position.

Tulsa has already clinched the Central Division title and can finish no lower than third in the National Conference playoff race.

RGV has struggled, winning just twice in the last seven games after starting the season 5-1. The Talons had gone undefeated in 10 games (April 11-June 19) until falling to Tennessee Valley 55-39 on June 27.

WEEK 16 TIDBITS
• QB Nick Hill set a team record with 416 passing yards in the loss at Amarillo on June 6.
• Hill has been sacked 10 times in the last three games (once last week, five times by Arkansas on June 27, four times by Bossier-Shreveport on June 20).
• Radamez Rubio went 2-for-2 on field goals last week. His 31-yard boot with less than a minute to go in regulation was the deciding factor in the game. Rubio had only attempted four field goal prior to last week’s game.
• Tulsa has scored the third-most points in af2 play this season (808) for an average of 62.2 per game. RGV’s average of 57.6 (749 total points) is eighth overall.
• WR Rod Windsor is on pace to break several af2 records and is among the top-3 in several receiving categories.
• Four of the highest scoring games by an opponent in team history have occurred this season, all on the road.

THE SERIES
This is the 10th all-time regular-season meeting. RGV is 2-7 vs. the Talons.RGV has not beaten Tulsa on the road in five regular season contests. The Dorados are 2-2 vs. Tulsa at Dodge Arena. The Talons have taken the four out of the last five regular season matchups dating back to 2005. RGV went 1-1 during the 2005 regular season and later defeated the Talons in the second round of the playoffs to advance to the National Conference Finals.

DORADOS vs. TALONS ALL-TIME
(reg. season)
Date Site Result All-time
6/21/08 At RGV 58-52L 2-7
5/10/08 At Tulsa 45-40L 2-6
4/29/06 At Tulsa 57-38L 2-5
4/8/06 At RGV 75-40W 2-4
7/16/05 At Tulsa 58-49L 1-4
6/11/05 At RGV 65-64W 1-3
7/17/04 At Tulsa 66-60L 0-3
6/12/04 At RGV 45-35L 0-2
5/28/04 At Tulsa 51-38L 0-1
PLAYOFFS
8/13/05 At Tulsa (RND 2) 65-42W 1-0

LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
HIDALGO, Texas — The Rio Grande Valley Dorados (7-6) clinched a spot in the postseason with a 46-43 win over the Oklahoma City Yard Dogs (7-7) Friday night at Dodge Arena in front of 4,062 fans. Nick Hill threw five TD passes and found Rod Windsor in the end zone four times. Hill finished with 234 yards on 18 completions (18-38-1). Windsor collected three of his four TDs in the second half. Radamez Rubio’s 31-yard field goal with 49.5 seconds remaining in the game proved to be the deciding factor. OKC’s Robert Kent connected with Al Hunt four times and finished 12-for-32 with 231 yards. RGV’s Dahnel Singfield picked off Hunt’s first pass of the second half in what proved to be the only interception of the night. Hunt led all receivers with 180 yards on seven receptions.

Rich Bocchini
Vice President, Communications
RGV Killer Bees (CHL) - 2008-09 CHL Franchise of the Year
RGV Dorados (af2)

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