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VooDoo Fall To San Antonio Talons on Friday Night

By: Brandon Rizzuto
L.J. Castile finished with 12 receptions for 131 yards and 4 touchdowns - all career highs in the loss.
SAN ANTONIO (April 13, 2012) – The New Orleans VooDoo once again fell victim to an Aaron Garcia led team, this time falling to the San Antonio Talons 62-48 on Friday night in the Alamodome.

Garcia, who swept the VooDoo last season while quarterbacking the Jacksonville Sharks, tossed for 287 yards and 9 touchdowns while also completing 26-of-32 passes on Friday night.  He also had 2 interceptions.

“We played hard tonight, but suffered a tough loss,” said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O’Hara.  “As a team, we didn’t play well in the second half and put ourselves in some tough situations and the final outcome was a product of that.”

“We will watch film and learn from this.  We are still growing and learning together as a team, and we will pick ourselves up and move forward.”

VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco was under the 300-yard mark passing for the first time this season, finishing with 278 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He completed 21-of-41 passes and only tossed one interception.  Rocco’s leading target was L.J. Castile who had a stellar game with 12 receptions for 131 yards and four touchdowns – all new personal bests.

The VooDoo went into the locker room at halftime nursing a 28-19 lead courtesy of a strong defensive effort that included forcing three turnovers that led to 14 points with 6 of them coming off of a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jorrick Calvin.

Leading the VooDoo defense was Jeremy Kellem with 7.5 total tackles (7 solo) an interception and 2 pass break ups.  The interception, which came on the Talons first offensive play of the game, marked Kellem’s fourth consecutive game with an interception and fifth with a takeaway.

“Our defense kept us in the game in the first half and we knew that [San Antonio] were going to not go down without a fight.  They are well coached and have a great offense,” said O’Hara.

The Talons did come out swinging in the second half and took the lead, 33-28, on a Garcia to Sale Key 5-yard scoring strike early on in the third quarter.  The VooDoo matched the Talons score for score until a crucial official’s overturn of a Castile touchdown reception on fourth down in the fourth quarter, giving the Talons the ball on their own 19. 

After a pass interference call against the VooDoo, Garcia found Robert Quiroga for the 16-yard kill shot, putting San Antonio up 54-42 after the extra point.  The VooDoo followed with a score , but could not overcome its second half miscues and misfortunes to make a valiant comeback.

New Orleans hosts the Pittsburgh Power next week in The Graveryard on Friday, April 20.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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About the New Orleans VooDoo

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