Following a tight loss to the Chicago Rush last week, the Orlando Predators return to the Amway Center on Thursday night looking for their first win of the season against the San Antonio Talons. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Preds defense will be put to the test this week as they face off against ex-Orlando Predator Robert Quiroga. Quiroga finished last season with the Preds as their top receiver, with 126 receptions for a total of 1553 yards. He is off to a slow start this season, with no catches yet recorded for the Talons and he was inactive for the team’s previous game against the Spokane Shock. Quiroga is hoping to get his chance to improve his numbers this week against the Preds.
Also on the Preds’ radar this upcoming game will be Jomo Wilson, who has made 18 receptions for 271 yards and 6 touchdowns in the first two games of the season, as well as Carl Moore and Jason Willis who have both racked up close to 200 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns a piece.
Fred Shaw will prove to be a threat for the Predators on offense, tying third in the league for interceptions and recording 11 solo tackles in two games for the Talons.
Following this week’s game against Spokane, the Preds return to the road in a battle for first place in the South Division against the Jacksonville Sharks before returning to host Tampa Bay and Cleveland in consecutive weeks.
The Predators have been victorious in both of the two meetings against the Talons. The Preds hope to improve this record to 3-0 this week, before taking the road for two consecutive away games against the Cleveland Gladiators on April 8 and taking on the Pittsburgh Power for the second time this season on April 14.
Orlando’s Arena Football League franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are entering their 21st year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL Playoffs a league-leading 19 consecutive seasons and appeared in the Arena Bowl seven times, winning AFL Championships in 1998 and 2000.