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Desperados End Rush Win Streak at Eight

By Todd McClamroch in News on May 15, 2007 4:41PM

In what was billed as a possible preview of Arena Bowl XXI and lived up to the hype. Two of the Arena Football League's best teams faced off in an exciting affair that wasn't decided until the final seconds. Unfortunately for the Rush it did not go their way.

With the Rush leading 48-45 with less than a minute to go the Desperados moved the ball down field running time off the clock in effort to score with little or no time left for the Rush to make a last-second play. The Rush, who had kept three of their four previous opponents from scoring on their final drive, were able to stop a third down effort giving the Desperados the tough decision of going for the win on 4th down or kicking a field goal to tie with less than ten seconds remaining in the game.

The Desperados decided to take the gamble and went for the touchdown. The gamble paid off when Dallas QB Clint Dolezel connected with received Will Pettis for the game-winning touchdown. The Rush had only a few seconds to attempt a Hail Mary pass that fell short. The loss drops the Rush to 8-2 on the season and ends the franchise's longest winning streak at eight games. The Rush also suffered two key injuries in the match-up, losing leading scorer Bobby Sippio (twisted ankle) and defensive back Jonathan Ordway (torn bicep)

The Rush get little rest as they return home from Dallas for a division match-up with the Nashville Kats (4-7) on Saturday.