The New Mexico Stars improved to 3-3 on the season after handing out a 63-41 thumping to the Abilene Bombers at Santa Ana Star Center last Saturday night.
The Stars played at Laredo Saturday evening, a game they entered sitting in third place in the Lone Star Football League, thanks to some brilliant play on both sides of the ball last week.
Bombers quarterback Byron Ingram might have nightmares about Stars defensive back DeMarcus James, who hauled in four interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown.
"We had a few guys go down and I had to step up as a veteran and make some plays," James said. He has the league lead with seven interceptions this season.
On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Kasey Peters has made all the difference in the world to this team, Peters finishing the game 18-of-27 passing for 278 yards and five TDs.
Stars head coach Chris Williams had praise for Peters after the game, saying, "He came in and did it the right way by earning the respect of his teammates. He is a leader and every team needs to have that at the quarterback position."
The ball was spread fairly evenly among the wide receivers, but it was Dexter Manley who came out on top in this one as he finished the game with seven catches for 153 yards and three TDs. Roland Bruno had an ESPN top-10 worthy catch and run in the fourth quarter, finishing with six catches for 84 yards and a TD.
With the Stars up most of the night, running the ball was an important aspect of this one late in the game. Seth Smith got into the action and finished with 15 carries for 38 yards and a TD, and proved that even though running backs aren't a focal point of an arena league game, they can still leave their mark on the field.
The Rattlesnakes squeezed out a 75-74 victory back in Week 3 on the Stars' home field, but things might be a bit different now that the team has been transformed and solidified on both sides of the ball.
After another road game May 27, the Stars are back home Saturday, June 8, to face Amarillo.