AFL Scoreboard - Week 4
Dolezel's 7 TDs carry Desperados past Predators
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Clint Dolezel threw seven touchdown passes -- five to Will Pettis -- to help the Dallas Desperados beat the Orlando Predators 70-49 on Monday night.
Dolezel was 23-of-28 for 230 yards, and Pettis led Dallas (4-0) in receiving with 12 catches for 108 yards. Pettis also had three carries for 14 yards and a score.
The Desperados improved to 4-0 for the first time in team history, avenging last year's conference championship loss to the Predators.
Shane Stafford threw five TD passes for the Predators (2-2).
"I thought Shane played a great game," Predators coach Jay Gruden said, according to the team Web site. "He was getting a lot of pressure from the Dallas defensive line and he was still making the throws."
Orlando, who lost starting wide receiver Jimmy Fryzel (hamstring) and offensive guard Jim Sodano (torn patella tendon) earlier in the season, played without defensive ends Greg White (elbow) and Chaz Murphy (hamstring). In addition, the Predators lost wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin to a broken arm in the third quarter. The Predators expect Rubin to miss 6 to 8 weeks.
"It's going to be important for our team to work through this setback. We're not a great team when we are playing without our two best defensive ends and our best receiver," Gruden said. "We will work through this and get better as the seasons advances."
The game was tied 35-35 at halftime, but the Desperados outscored Orlando 35-14 in the second half.
"We got the pressure which allowed us to get some coverage sacks and the ball to be up in the air to make some plays," Desperados coach Will McClay said, according to the team Web site.
Dallas remains one of three undefeated teams left in the National Conference, along with Eastern Division rival Philadelphia (3-0) and Georgia (4-0).
"It's just an opportunity for us to keep our stride and our rhythm but it doesn't really do anything for us," McClay said of the undefeated start. "It just puts us four wins up."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.