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The New Mexico Stars have a chance to finish their first season in the Lone Star Football league at .500, if they can beat visiting San Angelo Monday evening at 7:05 at Santa Ana Star Center.

The Stars (5-6) traveled to Amarillo (10-1) to take on the league-leading Venom last Saturday, when they were beaten for the third time this season, and twice in 15 days, by Amarillo, 88-72.

The highlight of the night for the Stars came in the second quarter as linebacker Markus Cortez picked off a pass thrown by Venom (10-1) quarterback Nate Davis and returned the ball 37 yards for a touchdown.

“We watched film all last week, and had a plan for me going into this one,” Cortez said. “The coaches put me in the right spot and I was there when it counted. But I’d trade that interception and touchdown right now if it meant we could have won that game. Losing is something I will never get used to.”

On offense the Stars were able to put up a well-rounded scoring attack as every one of the offensive players scored in this one: Roland Bruno (one receiving and a two-point conversion); Dexter Manley (three receiving); Joshua Floyd (one rushing and two receiving); Seth Smith (one rushing); Kasey Peters (one rushing and six throwing) and LB Landrick Brody came in at running back for a short TD plunge.

The Stars end the regular season at home on Monday, July 1, against San Angelo (1-10) at 7:05 p.m.

It’s “Fan Appreciation Night” and the first 500 fans will receive a Stars team poster, courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino.

The Stars are a perfect 3-0 (60-42, 57-28 and 89-82 victories) against the Bandits this season and will look to fine-tune things before the Lone Star Football league playoffs begin.

Seeing Stars: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is scheduled to be at the Star Center to sign autographs for fans tomorrow.

… The Stars released DB/WR T.J. Gretzner last week and added DB Jay Allen, who played at Phoenix College. Neither played for the Stars in Saturday’s game in Amarillo.

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