The New Orleans VooDoo won’t win this season if they can’t keep quarterback Adam Kennedy off the turf.
While Kennedy was only sacked once last weekend at the Tampa Bay Storm, hits against the second-year pro reached double digits. The lack of protection from his offensive line led to a 42-13 loss, setting a franchise low in points scored in an Arena Football League game. The VooDoo also suffered its first scoring shutout in a half.
With the momentum from the season-opening upset of Jacksonville at stake, the VooDoo (1-3) are hoping to keep Kennedy upright for a 3 p.m. Sunday game against the Philadelphia Soul (4-0) at the Smoothie King Center. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but moved because of the first-round playoff home game for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Last week, the VooDoo offensive line was comprised of guard Richard Muldrow, Leonardo Bates at center and tight end Cornelius Dixon.
The VooDoo ranks last out of 12 AFL teams in scoring offense (37 points per game) and is tied for last with the Los Angeles KISS for most sacks allowed (11).
Kennedy (888 yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions), a former Arkansas State standout, ranks 10th in the league in passing efficiency.
Philadelphia leads the league in scoring, averaging 62.5 points per game. During last week’s 63-48 win against Cleveland, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 262 yards and seven TDs.
Lindholm hits longest FG
Garrett Lindholm’s 35-yard field goal during the first quarter against Tampa Bay was the longest made kick this season in the AFL. Lindholm, a native of Pflugerville, Texas, who played college football at Tarleton State, has two of the three longest made field goals in the league.
Overall, he has converted four of six field goals (first in the AFL) and 16 of 19 extra points (ninth in the league).
Two-for-one tickets are available for Sunday’s game in almost every section of the lower bowl, the team announced. Also, current season-ticket holders are entitled to claim one extra ticket for every seat on their account. ... Also this week, the team unveiled the official New Orleans VooDoo app, now available (and free) for iOS devices.
“Our organization’s priority for 2015 was to make the VooDoo more accessible to our great fans,” General Manager Brandon Rizzuto said. “With the launch of a new website, a new mobile-friendly website, an online store and now our mobile app, we’ve taken major steps to try to make our fans feel more connected to their team.”