Originally created 05/26/01

Stallions tweak offense after first defeat



After the Augusta Stallions suffered their first setback last week, offensive specialist Tim Dumas is ready to get back on the turf.

Augusta (6-1) will try to rebound from a 40-25 loss at Norfolk when it plays host to the Greensboro Prowlers (4-3) tonight at 7:10 at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

"We got our butts kicked, but now we're going to have to go out with a vengeance and just try and kill everybody," Dumas said.

Greensboro has followed a win with a loss every week since Game 1. Last week, the Prowlers knocked off Carolina 28-21.

With a win tonight, Augusta would hold at least a two-game lead in the Southeast Division over second-place Jacksonville midway through the 16-game season.

"We're not looking forward to any other game," Dumas said. "We're just worried about Greensboro. We just have to bounce back and everybody has to play their best game."

After scoring 12 points in the first quarter against Norfolk, Augusta scored just 13 points in the final three quarters. The Stallions failed to score in the final 28:16 of the game.

Stallions coach Mike Hold said he has tweaked the offense. One of his changes includes moving Dumas from the wide receiver/defensive back position to offensive specialist.

Dumas has caught 41 passes for 591 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games. He averages 14.4 yards per catch and 84.4 receiving yards a game.

"With him in there as a threat, it should open up things for other guys as well," Hold said. "I'm confident we'll make plays. We're working hard."

One of Greensboro's main weapons will be offensive specialist Demeco Archangel. Archangel is fourth in the league in all-purpose yardage, averaging 201.5 yards a game. Also, he's fifth in the league in missed field goal return yardage, averaging 24 yards a return.

NOTES: After seven-straight losses, Columbus (0-7) fired Joe Campbell earlier in the week and replaced him with interim head coach Greg Oglesby. Oglesby served as an assistant coach with the Wardogs this season. ... Florida coach Steve Spurrier was expected to participate in the pre-game ceremonies at the Charleston-Jacksonville game Friday night. Spurrier's return to Jacksonville, Fla., reunited him with fellow Gators Ron McCrone (Jacksonville head coach) and Jimmy Dunn (Charleston head coach).

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