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Raptors drop another on road

From Staff Reports

TUPELO, Miss. — The road woes continue for the Tennessee Valley Raptors.

Raptors quarterback Mike Scipione threw a pair of interceptions early in the first quarter that led to 13 points for the Tupelo Fireants and the Raptors defense struggled in a 43-24 loss before 1,358 fans Friday night at the BancorpSouth Center.

The Raptors fell to 2-4 in United Indoor Football's South Division and to 0-4 on the road. Last-place Tupelo improved to 2-5 and made amends for a 36-20 early-season loss at Tennessee Valley.

"It was another game where we dug ourselves an early hole and couldn't bounce back," said Raptors coach Dick Adams, whose team will play again Saturday at Evansville. "Our defense spent entirely too much time on the field and our offense didn't execute when it had the chance."

Scipione completed 7 of 14 passes for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with two of those going to Luke McArdle. Raptors backup quarterback Chris Gunn was 4-of-8 passing for 27 yards and one interception, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Durocher Miller.

Tennessee Valley found itself behind 13-0 at the eight-minute mark of the first quarter following Tyson Patterson's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown and Tupelo quarterback Tommy Miller's 1-yard dive that was set up by Scipione's second errant pass.

Miller threw for 142 yards and three touchdowns despite being sacked four times by the Tennessee Valley defense, which had sacked him nine times in the first meeting.

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