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The Lynx Power down the Raiders

Saturday, August 20, 2005

By George Brookings
SJSports Special Correspondent

When the South Jersey Lynx joined the North American Football League as a new team entering the Eastern Conference North Atlantic Region New Jersey Division, there had to be some speculations about whether another New Jersey football team could win not only against teams from their own division but also other established teams as well. Looking for their fifth win in a row, the Lynx hosted the Trenton Raiders and wasted little time controlling the game. Rodney Larmore scored three rushing, Marty Cross threw three passing touchdowns and the Lynx defense had their way as South Jersey posted a 67-8 win against their division rivals.

The South Jersey Lynx is apart of the Eastern Conference, North Atlantic Region, New Jersey Division of the North American Football League. Their division is made up of four teams, New Jersey Terminators, Trenton Raiders, New Jersey Langhorns and the Lynx. The other three divisions that make up the North Atlantic Region are Empire, Metro North and Metro South which are made up of mostly teams from the New York area. The Atlantic Region which has three divisions, Atlantic, Capital and Pennsylvania round out the 16 team region from Eastern Conference. New Jersey Terminators currently lead the New Jersey division with a 5-1, 6-1 overall record and their only loss was to the Lynx.

The NAFL was formed in 1999 with 18 teams. The goal was to create a self sustaining football league where players can develop their skills or to play for the love of the game. The league's defining feature is their national playoff system. The 2005 brings a whole new attitude to the sport. With earned credibility the NAFL is adding two more dimensions to minor league football: Fans and Sponsors. The NAFL had to prove it could survive as a self sustaining league for 5 years in order to earn the trust and credibility often violated as new leagues start and fold each year. The NAFL is well on it's way to becoming a household name and a level of football where players can get a legitimate shot at landing a college scholarship all the way to getting picked up by the pros.

The Lynx defense completely controlled this game during the first half allowing the offense to work with the short field. Rodney Larmore gave South Jersey the early 7-0 lead on a 9-yard run and a Ryan Peterson extra point. Fidel Napier scored his first of three rushing touchdowns at the end of the first quarter giving the Lynx all the points the needed to pick up the win. The second quarter was pretty much the same. Edwin Diaz was at the receiving end of two touchdown passes from quarterback Marty Cross. Larmore would score his second touchdown of the game and the defense recorded a safety.

With the win, South Jersey Lynx increased their record to 5-0 (6-0 overall) and will take on another team from the New Jersey division. The New Jersey Langhorns are their next familiar opponent as they were shout out by the Lynx during their first meeting of the season. The next home game for the Lynx is September 3rd against the Kings County Cardinals.

Trenton Raiders
South Jersey Lynx

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter
SJL - Rodney Larmore 9 yd run (Ryan Peterson kick)
SJL - Larmore 4 yd run (kick failed)
SJL - Fidel Napier 2 yd run (Peterson kick)

2nd Quarter
SJL - Edwin Diaz 41 yd pass from Marty Cross (kick failed)
SJL - Safety
SJL - Larmore 11 yd run (Peterson kick)
SJL - Diaz 59 yd pass from Cross (Peterson kick)

4th Quarter
SJL - Napier 1 yd run (Peterson kick)
SJL - Napier 3 yd run (Peterson kick)
SJL - Diaz 42 yd pass from Cross (Peterson kick)
TR - Kickoff rtn 82 yd (run successful)
SJL - Samuel Ruh 18 yd pass from Cross (no attempt)

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