LEXINGTON HORSEMEN LOOK TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST BLOOMINGTON
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Having dropped their past two games, the Lexington Horsemen look to return to their winning ways on Saturday when they close their two-game homestand by playing host to Bloomington. Kick-off in Rupp Arena is slated for 7:30 p.m. EDT and the game will be carried live on 101.5 FM The Planet and WVLK 590 AM with Randy Wilson.
The Horsemen (5-5) are coming off a 38-31 loss to River City in Rupp Arena last week as Lexington struggled in the red-zone, going just 3-of-7 from inside the 20. Trailing 38-18, the Horsemen’s John Cooper caught two touchdown passes from Kewan Dewberry to bring Lexington within seven, 38-31, with 1:18 left, but River City (6-4) recovered the Horsemen’s on-side kick to clinch the win.
The Extreme (5-4) currently lead the Horsemen by one game in the United Indoor Football Eastern Conference Standings as a win over Bloomington would help Lexington catch up in the league standings.
The Horsemen are third in the UIF in scoring offense, averaging 43.8 ppg, and also rank third in the league in scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 35.5 ppg. Four of Lexington’s five losses this season have been decided by seven or fewer points.
Running back Rayshawn Askew ranks fourth in the UIF in rushing yards per game, averaging 41.6 with 17 rushing touchdowns, second in the league. Wide receiver Harry Lewis, who was shifted to quarterback before last week’s contest, is the league’s second-most efficient receiver, tallying 67.1 yards per game.
Bloomington lost three consecutive games to open the season before a 33-32 win against the Horsemen sparked a five-game winning streak for the Extreme. That streak came to an end in Bloomington’s last outing, a 58-46 loss to Evansville on June 2. In Lexington’s previous meeting with Bloomington, quarterback Dusty Burk’s 17-yard touchdown strike to James Walton with 9.5 seconds remaining capped a late rally and proved to be the game-winner.
The Horsemen lead the all-time series with Bloomington 2-1 after defeating the Extreme twice last season. Saturday’s game marks the first time that the Extreme and Horsemen have squared off in Lexington as both of the meetings between the two teams last season took place in Bloomington, Ill. The Extreme were a new UIF franchise for the 2006 season.
Complete results and a recap of Saturday’s game will be available at www.lexingtonhorsemen.com.
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