New Orleans VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara vowed after Friday’s 68-33 loss to the San Antonio Talons that his franchise would not repeat the offensive mistakes that led to its fourth loss in five games.
“It was inexcusable,” O’Hara said. “I can promise you, it won’t happen again.”
Up next: Saturday night at the Orlando Predators (4-2), who lead the American Conference’s South Division.
Orlando is coming off a 77-65 win over the Tampa Bay Storm. Predators quarterback Jason Boltus scored 10 TDs (nine passing, one rushing), while rookie receiver Greg Carr caught seven passes for 145 yards and four scores. Veteran Kendal Thompkins added six catches for 132 yards and three TDs.
“We’ve got to learn how to correct the mistakes we make and not let them get out of control,” VooDoo offensive lineman Leonardo Bates said.
While Orlando’s offense, led by Boltus — his 47 touchdowns led the Arena League — ranks second in the league, its defense ranks last out of 14 teams, allowing 59.7 points a game. It’s also surrendering 301.8 yards of total offense (12th).
Against previously winless San Antonio, the VooDoo offense struggled under the direction of both quarterbacks — starter Kurt Rocco and backup Ryan Perrilloux — as has been the issue for the first two months of the Arena Football League season.
The offensive line also struggled at times to protect them, especially Rocco, who was knocked out of the game in the second quarter only to return with another series of unsuccessful drives. San Antonio’s defense logged four interceptions and four sacks.
Even the VooDoo’s receivers had a performance setback, their timing with Rocco and Perrilloux interrupted by San Antonio’s aggressive defense.
“They played real tight,” said VooDoo receiver L.J. Castille, who caught six passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. “They guessed a few times at our routes, and they happened to guess right.”
Overall, the Talons scored three defensive TDs.
AFL rankings not kind
The VooDoo claimed the second-to-last spot in the first AFL Power Rankings of 2014, per AFLFieldPass.com. The undefeated Arizona Rattlers (5-0) and Cleveland Gladiators (5-0) claimed the top two spots. Orlando, which hosts the VooDoo on Saturday, is ranked seventh.
Orlando adds local WR
The Philadelphia Soul traded Orlando receiver Larry Brackins, who in 2004 was the nation’s top-ranked junior college prospect at Pearl River Community College. Brackins was traded for future considerations.