Originally created 05/20/00

Opponent shows little offense



For the first time in three weeks, the Augusta Stallions won't have to worry about facing a high-octane offense.

There's barely in gas in Greensboro's scoring machine as the Prowlers (1-6) are last in the league with 18.2 points a game. Last week, Greensboro lost to Tennessee Valley 63-9.

Augusta's defense will see what it can do when the Stallions play at Greensboro (N.C.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

"The last thing we want to do this week is take any team for granted," Stallions head coach Mike Neu said. "Greensboro has some talented football players. Their downfall this entire year so far has been the turnovers.

"We're preparing for them like Quad City, Jacksonville and Arkansas."

Greensboro has committed 17 turnovers this year while Augusta has turned the ball over six times. However, Greensboro's defense is second in the league allowing 186 yards a game.

Behind the arm of Aaron Sparrow, Augusta is second in the league in total offense averaging 284.8 yards a game.

"We have to come in and jump on top of these guys early," Neu said. "If you give any team like this an opportunity to have a few big plays and get some life in them, then you're going to be in trouble."

Defensive specialist Nick Rawls isn't expecting to come out of this game with a loss, though.

"We don't accept losing," Rawls said. "The two losses we have, we all feel that we should have beat those teams."

Last week, Neu got a pleasant surprise as his team rushed for a season-high 58 yards on 13 carries. Sparrow led the team with 22 yards on three carries, while Eddie Diaz rushed for 18 yards and Jason Lawson 12.

"Championship football teams in the Arena League are ones that can play defense and run the football," he said. "The running game was a big positive for me coming out of this last game. That's something we have to continue to do."

Meanwhile, Neu is content with a 4-2 record and his team leading the American Conference.

"I am very happy to be sitting here at 4-2," he said. "Of course, I'll find a reason why we should have won the two that we lost. I keep telling the guys from a personnel standpoint that there's no reason for me to continue to beat up the telephone to get guys in here. We've got the guys in here who can make the plays."

Stallions Tonight

Vs.: Greensboro (N.C.) Prowlers (1-6)

What: Stallions (4-2) will look to go above .500 on its road record with a win tonight and stay in first place in the American Conference.

Where: Greensboro Coliseum

When: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WRDW (1480-AM)

Notes: This is Augusta's fifth road game in the seven weeks. The Stallions return home Friday to play host to the Norfolk Nighthawks.

Wide receiver/defensive back J.J. McQueen played in Augusta's first game but was later released by the team. McQueen will start for Greensboro against the Stallions. With the Stallions, McQueen caught two passes for 11 yards before being released by the team.

Last week, Augusta defeated Arkansas 50-24 while Greensboro lost to Tennessee Valley 63-9.