Originally created 05/16/02

Stallions feel they can do more despite perfect record



The Augusta Stallions are just one win away from matching last season's 6-0 start.

Yet lineman Blaine Mensch doesn't believe the Stallions have played up to their potential.

"We have yet to put a total game together," he said. "We play well on defense at times. We play well on offense at times. But as a total effort, we need to put it all together.

"It's almost good it hasn't happened. Last year, I think we spent it all in the first six games and didn't have anything left for the last 10 games."

Stallions defensive coordinator Bubba Diggs, whose defense made two key stops in the fourth quarter of Augusta's 48-47 win over Macon on Friday night, agrees with Mensch.

"We have to play four quarters," Diggs said. "We keep saying all the time that we're stopping ourselves. Nobody's stopping us."

The Stallions have won a pair of games by one point this season. The team's average margin of victory is 7.8 points a game. Augusta's biggest win this year came against Columbus, a 55-39 win.

In the Macon win, Augusta gave up 19 unanswered points to the Knights in the second half and found itself trailing 32-27 early in the fourth quarter. But Undre Williams returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Quarterback Glen Gauntt scored the go-ahead touchdown and Dirk Lincicome's 9-yard touchdown run sealed the win.

Friday's win proved Augusta could win the close games. It's something that didn't happen in the second half of the 2001 season, when the Stallions needed a win to reach the playoffs.

"We have a lot better character and attitudes are better," Mensch said. "Our team unity is a lot better than last year. We're headed in the right direction. Hopefully, we can keep the undefeated streak."

The Stallions are one of just three unbeaten teams, along with Richmond (6-0) and Tennessee Valley (5-0), in the arenafootball2 league. Augusta takes its streak on the road when it plays at Carolina (2-3) Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 114.