Saturday, March 17, 2001

Hitmen 16, Maniax 15

Hitmen win with nine seconds left

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Wally Richardson threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Zola Davis in the corner of the end zone with nine seconds left Saturday night, giving the New York/New Jersey Hitmen a 16-15 victory over the Memphis Maniax in the XFL.

It was the second TD hookup of the night for the Richardson and Davis, who combined for a 9-yarder to the third quarter after Memphis had taken a 15-3 lead.

The Hitmen (3-4), who overcame three quarters of turnovers, penalties and missed opportunities, drove downfield 64 yards in nine plays for the win.

After a scoreless first quarter, Leo Araguz' 27-yard field goal in the opening seconds of the second gave the Hitmen a brief lead, but Jim Druckenmiller drove Memphis (3-4) 59 yards for a 6-3 lead on a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Thomas.

Druckenmiller hit Daryl Hobbs for a 6-yard TD at 13:10, and Jeff Hall connected with a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the half to send the Maniax to the locker room with a 15-3 lead.

Attendance on a rainy night was listed as 15,781 at Giants Stadium.

Memphis 15 New York/New Jersey 16 - Final
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1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 0 15 0 0 15
New York/New Jersey 0 3 7 6 16

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
None
Second Quarter
Nyn - Fg, Leo Araguz 27 Yd, 0:21. Drive: 11 Plays, 69 Yards In 7:24. Key Plays: Richardson 12-Yard pass To Dar Dar To New York 44; Richardson 16-Yard pass To Archie To Memphis 37. Nynj 3-0

Mem - Td, Mark Thomas 5 yd pass From Jim Druckenmiller (Pat Failed), 8:12. Drive: 13 Plays, 74 Yards In 8:03. Key Plays: Moss 8-Yard run To New York 36; Druckenmiller 13-Yard pass To Jordan To New York 23. Memphis 6-3

Mem - Td, Daryl Hobbs 6 yd pass From Jim Druckenmiller (Pat Failed), 13:10. Drive: 6 Plays, 64 Yards In 2:16. Key Plays: Moss 9-Yard run To New York 33; Moss 18-Yard run To New York 6. Memphis 12-3

Mem - Fg, Jeff Hall 41 Yd, 14:57. Drive: 6 Plays, 25 Yards In 1:01. Key Plays: Druckenmiller 7-Yard run To New York 41; Druckenmiller 11-Yard Run To New York 28. Memphis 15-3

Third Quarter
Nyn - Td, Zola Davis 9 yd pass From Wally Richardson (Wally Richardson pass To Ryan Collins For Converison), 12:56. Drive: 5 Plays, 35 Yards In 3:14. Key Plays: Aska 16-Yard run To Memphis 19; Aska 8-Yard run To Memphis 11. Memphis 15-10

Fourth Quarter
Nyn - Td, Zola Davis 2 yd pass From Wally Richardson (Pat Failed), 14:51. Drive: 9 Plays, 64 Yards In 1:49. Key Plays: Richardson 16-Yard pass To Davis To Memphis 48; Richardson 13-Yard pass To Dicosmo To Memphis 35; Richardson 13-Yard Pass To Davis To Memphis 16. Nynj 16-15Att: 22,269


BOXSCORE
Team Statistics MEM NYN
FIRST DOWNS 14 17

Rushing 6 7

Passing 4 9

Penalty 4 1
3RD-DOWN EFFICIENCY 4-12 6-14
4TH-DOWN EFFICIENCY 2-2 2-3
TOTAL NET YARDS 207 258

Total plays 54 60

Average gain 3.8 4.3
NET YARDS RUSHING 137 72

Rushes 26 22

Average per rush 5.3 3.3
NET YARDS PASSING 70 186

Completed-attempted 10-26 22-37

Yards per pass 2.5 4.9

Sacked-yards lost 2-19 1-9

Had intercepted 1 1
PUNTS-AVERAGE 5-30.2 2-37.5
RETURN YARDAGE 95 182

Punts-returns 2-21 5-65

Kickoffs-returns 4-46 4-106

Interceptions-returns 1-28 1-11
PENALTIES-YARDS 8-36 8-50
FUMBLES-LOST 1-1 2-0
TIME OF POSSESSION 28:25 31:35

Player Statistics

Missed field goals :
Nynj (Leo Araguz 25, 37).

Memphis rushing :
Brent Moss 19-95, Jim Druckenmiller 6-42, Ketric Sanford 1-0.

Nynj rushing :
Joe Aska 9-42, Wally Richardson 3-17, Dino Philyaw 5-12, Leo Araguz 1-7, Mike Archie 2-6, Michael Blair 1-1, Charles Puleri 1-minus 13.

Memphis passing :
Jim Druckenmiller 10-26 for 89 yards, 1 INT, 2 TD.

Nynj passing :
Wally Richardson 22-35 for 195 yards, 1 INT, 2 TD, Kirby Dar Dar 0-1 for 0 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD, Mike Archie 0-1 for 0 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD.

Memphis receiving :
Charles Jordan 4-42, Daryl Hobbs 3-20, Keith Crawford 1-17, Mark Thomas 1-5, Brent Moss 1-5.

Nynj receiving :
Zola Davis 7-74, Kirby Dar Dar 5-58, Mike Archie 5-38, Anthony Dicosmo 3-24, Michael Blair 1-4, Joe Aska 1-minus 3.

Memphis tackles-assists-sacks (unofficial) :
Marcus Wimberly 7-2-0, Richard Hogans 5-3-1, Rico Clark 4-4-0, John Williams 3-3-0, Jack Kellogg 3-3-0, Shante Carver 1-4-0, Kevin Cobb 2-2-0, Dj Cooper 1-2-0, Paris Lenon 1-2-0, Keith Crawford 2-0-0, Patrick Sapp 2-0-0, Leonta Rheams 1-0-0, Caspor Stiles 1-0-0, Mark Thomas 0-1-0, Corey Sawyer 0-1-0, Tyrone Bell 0-1-0.

Nynj tackles-assists-sacks (unofficial) :
Ron Merkerson 8-1-0, Bernard Russ 4-1-1, Tyree Talton 3-2-0, Christian Maumalanga 4-0-1, Ben Hanks 3-0-0, Damen Wheeler 3-0-0, Joey Eloms 2-1-0, Vernon Crawford 1-2-0, James Cotton 1-2-0, Brad Trout 2-0-0, Joe Aska 2-0-0, Dwayne Sabb 1-0-0, Marcus Hinton 1-0-0, Lamont Bryant 0-1-0, Mark Tate 0-1-0, Butler Bynote 0-1-0, Mike Archie 0-1-0, Michael Blair 0-1-0.

Interceptions :
Memphis (Jack Kellogg 1 for 28 yards); Nynj (Donnie Caldwell 1 for 11 yards).

Fumbles lost :
Memphis (Jim Druckenmiller).

Opponent's fumbles recovered :
Nynj (Donnie Caldwell).

Officials :
Referee-Randy Christal, Umpire-John Bradley, Head linesman-Karl Logan, Line judge-Ken Rivera, Back judge-Craig Battaglia, Side judge-Gary Cavaletto, Field judge-Rg Detiller.

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