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Predators Offense Rolls

Posted 6/12/2012

By Nick Gourdoux
Leader-Telegram staff
The Chippewa Valley Predators offense was an efficient machine in its 43-13 win over the Menomonie Thunderhawks on Saturday at Carson Park.
The Predators amassed 329 yards on just 40 plays en route to the blowout win.
The scoring started less than two minutes into the game when Predators running back Vince Furby bounced the ball outside for a 28-yard touchdown run.
"We were able to run the ball," he said. "The offensive line made holes for me and I just broke off to the outside and scored every time I touched the ball."
Furby scored another TD on his second carry of the game, this one from 89 yards out. He finished the game with 156 yards on seven carries to go along with the pair of touchdowns.
"On offense, we just wanted to score and keep the defense on the field this game," Furby said. "They did a great job — our defense is tough."
With the efficiency of the offensive unit, the defense found itself on the field much more. The Thunderhawks ran 72 offensive plays to the Predators' 40, but fatigue never seemed to be an issue despite the fact that the temperature was 90 degrees at kickoff.
"With about five minutes left in the fourth quarter is when I hit my wall," linebacker Chris Haynes said. 
"It was hot, but that just means I have to run some more."
Haynes recorded 18 tackles in the win, and defensive end DeVentri Jordan recorded a sack; however, it may have been defensive back Joseph Mapson who stole the limelight.
Mapson recorded a pair of ­interceptions in the contest, including one which he returned 105 yards for a touchdown. 
Despite a strong performance in which they held the Thunderhawks to slightly more than five yards per play, the Predators are looking to build off their success.
"We have lots of things to improve on as a defense," Haynes said. "If you think that you're done improving as a defense, you're sorely wrong. It's a ­constant building."
Mapson, who is listed as a wide receiver on the Predators' roster, also hauled in a pair of L.A. Anderson touchdown passes. Anderson, who led the Predators to the Elite Bowl last season, made his 2012 debut Saturday. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Anderson's return may have given the Predators a sense of ­familiarity and confidence, evident by the fact they committed only two ­penalties for 19 yards. By comparison, the ­Thunderhawks committed seven penalties for 50 yards. 
The win, coupled with a loss by the Eau Claire Crush, gives the ­Predators sole possession of second place in the Central Division heading into next week's game against the Lake Superior Rage at Carson Park.
"We had a heart to heart in terms of our level of discipline," coach Martin Adams said. "Our team reached down inside today and they played well. We're going to enjoy this because we have a very tough opponent coming up."

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