March 18, 2012

Voodoo Kick Off of 2012 Season

The New Orleans Voodoo, in the second season of their second lifetime, this time under new ownership, kicked off their 2012 season with a close loss to the Philadelphia Soul.

Two missed extra points, two long kickoff returns allowed and a game-clinching blocked field goal all contributed to a 63-62 loss for the home team.  The Voodoo couldn't hold on to a six point lead with 1:02 remaining but rallied to attempt a 40-yard field goal attempt as time expired - but Joshue Shene's attempt was blocked by Soul DL Bryan Robinson.

Pat O'Hara's Voodoo played zero-turnover football as quarterback Kurt Rocco tossed six touchdowns for 314 yards and 300+ pound Joe Alajajian scored on three short touchdown carries.  

The offense went through 5'9", 165 pound Josh Bush, who rushed for 95 yards, had 164 kick return yards and another 95 yards on seven receptions including two scores.  

WR Quorey Payne collected 10 passes for 130 yards and three scores, including the go-ahead score with 3:05 left.  But Payne dropped a potential game-winning touchdown on the second-to-last play of the game, forcing Shene's attempt.

Despite the loss, the 2012 Voodoo already appear more competitive and stronger than the three-win 2011 team.

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