The VooDoo, loser of its past four games, is approaching Saturday’s road trip at San Antonio as an opportunity to end its struggles in the Arena Football League.
The teams are the league’s only one-win teams this season. San Antonio (1-7) earned its win April 18 at the VooDoo and has lost two straight. The VooDoo (1-6) beat visiting Orlando the third game of the season.
“We have a chance to go back and make up for the embarrassment we had a couple of weeks ago,” VooDoo defensive lineman Marlon Favorite said of the loss last month to San Antonio.
“I think the guys are prepared. They’re ready to let it loose, knowing you don’t get (many) second chances in life. I wasn’t too happy with the way I played (either).”
Luck hasn’t been on the side of the VooDoo, which scored its second-highest total during last week’s 79-60 loss at Philadelphia but allowed a season high in points.
The VooDoo’s loss to the Talons was blamed on second-half struggles.
After trailing 26-20 at halftime, the VooDoo was outscored 42-13, including 28-6 in the fourth quarter. The VooDoo’s five possessions in the fourth quarter yielded three interceptions, one fumble and one touchdown.
If the VooDoo has an advantage over San Antonio, it’s that the Talons have struggled at home, losing all four games at The Alamodome.
Favorite, Castile honored
Favorite was one of two VooDoo players to earn awards last week. Receiver L.J. Castile was named the Cutters Catch of the Week for his one-handed touchdown catch at Philadelphia.
Favorite was named the AFL Pulse Player of the Week for his philanthropic efforts.
Castile caught six passes for 97 yards and five scores. This season, he leads the VooDoo with 48 catches for 643 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Favorite, a New Orleans native who played at LSU, is scheduled to host his football clinic this summer.
“We are hoping to get the kids in the New Orleans area out to these camps so we can teach them basic techniques,” Favorite said. “I am planning on getting my friends and teammates involved in putting on these camps as well.
“You learn so much and give acquire so much information, from professional sports to collegiate, so in turn, there’s so much to give back.”
Union joins AFL-CIO
The Arena Football League Players Union is affiliating with the AFL-CIO.
The labor union is announcing that the link-up follows a unanimous vote by the league’s Board of Player Representatives.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said his group looks forward to working with the player’s union.
AFLPU President Ivan Soto said the partnership will level the playing field for players as the league continues to grow.
The AFL-CIO website said it is made up of 56 unions representing 12.5 million workers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.