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Preds Rout Spartans

Posted 4/23/2012

Predators rout Spartans


By Nick Gourdoux

Leader-Telegram staff

On a cold night in April, the Chippewa Valley Predators provided all the heat the fans would need.

The Predators cruised to an easy 46-14 victory over the Minnesota Spartans of the Midwest Football Alliance on Friday night at Carson Park .

Montae Bailey and the Predators secondary intercepted six passes in the lopsided victory.

Bailey recorded a pair of interceptions — including one he returned 42 yards in the fourth quarter for the Predators' final score.

Bryan Dykstra, Eric Harrison, Kyle Michaels and Cory Brown all had interceptions as well.

"We just worked our butts off," Bailey said. "We flow to the ball, and it's never luck, it's preparation."

The Predators also benefited from eight Spartans penalties totaling 40 yards.

On the ground, the Predators had held the Spartans to just 66 yards before a late, 56-yard run by Minnesota 's Michael Woods. Minnesota did finish with 143 total rushing yards, but the bulk of those came as the teams were trying to run out the clock.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Predators looked impressive.

After missing on his first two throws, quarterback Keith Richardson connected on nine of his final 10 passes, including a pair of touchdowns.

Richardson was pulled in the third quarter with the game essentially wrapped up. Rocko Hunt finished the game, completing two of four passes for 21 yards.

The Predators debuted a new backfield on Friday, as running backs Aaron Woodard and Deshay Hudson combined for 165 yards on 16 carries.

"I told Aaron when we were training in the offseason that we were going to be a 1-2 punch," Hudson said. "We trained hard, and you can see the results on the field. We make each other look good."

The Predators totaled 188 yards on the ground on 23 ­carries. ­Woodard led the team in ­rushing with 116 yards on eight carries. ­Hudson , on the other hand, led the team with three rushing touchdowns.

Last year's starting running back and reigning NEFL MVP Vince Furby made his presence felt too. Late in the second quarter he caught a Richardson pass deep over the middle, juked a defender and ran untouched into the end zone for a 60-yard score. Furby's only other catch was a 32-yarder early in the first quarter.

The Predators return to the field on Saturday, April 28, when they take on the Minnesota Sting in another nonleague game at Carson Park .

The regular season starts two weeks later when the Fox Valley Force travel to Eau Claire on May 19

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