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New Mexico Stars bamboozle Bandits for second time this season, 57-28

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The New Mexico Stars won their second game of the season, and posted their first home victory, 57-28 over visiting San Angelo on the Don Chalmers Field at Santa Ana Star Center Saturday evening.

In a game where the Stars never trailed, the defense came up with six turnovers — four Bandits fumbles and two interceptions — and didn’t allow a third-down conversion in seven San Angelo attempts, allowing just one fourth-down conversion (in four attempts).

Stars defensive back Darius Pettigrew was all over the field and finished the game with 11 tackles, two deflections, and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown.

“I was in the right place at the right time all night long,” Pettigrew said. “All week long the coaches have stressed getting to the ball and that is all I could think about after the snap: getting to the ball carrier.”

The few times the Stars’ offense got to touch the ball, it made the most of it by scoring quickly with surgical precision. New Stars quarterback Kasey Peters threw five touchdown passes on his way to 157 yards of passing, and had nothing but praise for his new team after the game.

“It was a lot of fun coming out and getting a win at home,” Peters said. “Our defense played great and got so many turnovers; that really helped me relax. The offensive line put up a wall of protection around me, and the wide receivers ran perfect routes. Everyone did their job like a professional.”

Peter’s go-to man all night long was Josh Floyd. Of the eight completed passes from Peters, Floyd was on the receiving end of seven of them. He finished with 149 receiving yards and four TDs.

The Stars (2-3) have another bye this week, then take on the Abilene Bombers (3-2) at home on Saturday, May 11. Abilene is coming off a 48-39 loss at Laredo on Saturday; the Bombers play at Amarillo this Saturday.

The Stars now lead the Lone Star Football League with 63.4 rushing yards per game. They are tied for first place in the league with 19 passing TDs and first with 1,128 yards of total offense.

Running back Seth Smith leads the LSFL with 193 rushing yards, and Chaz Thompson and DeMarcus James rank 1-2 for interceptions (4 and 3, respectively).

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