The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 1, 2012

Crusaders cruise to win over Arkansas

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— A lot of things went right for the Joplin Crusaders last Saturday night, coach Dave Pitts said Monday.

“It was one of our best games of the season,” Pitts said. “We played very well.”

Joplin beat the Arkansas Warriors 49-21 in Fred G, Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern State University in the non-pro Central Football League..

Joplin boosted its record to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the CFL to set up a showdown this week with unbeaten Enid.

The Enforcers improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the league by winning 28-14 at the defending champion Kansas Cougars. Enid has outscored its CFL opponents 169-14.

Enid visits the Crusaders for the 6:30 p.m. contest on Saturday at Missouri Southern.

The Stillwater Outlaws beat the Oklahoma Chiefs 56-6 in last week’s other CFL game.

The Arkansas Warriors fell to 0-6, 0-4 after an 11-2 effort in 2011 that included two wins against Joplin and second place (a 21-20 loss) behind the Cougars in the playoffs.

“Our defense played great,” Pitts said. “The Arkansas touchdowns came off a trick play, a fluke play and a defensive breakdown.

“The offensive line perhaps had its best performance of the season.” Pitts said. “We were able to run the ball. We were able to pass it.

“We were able to play a lot of guys and we also came out of the game healthy,” Pitts said.

The Crusaders hadn’t played since March 31, Pitts noted.