Through the first two games of the season, the Dallas Ruffnecks offense struggled to score points. That struggle went away – and quickly – Sunday in the Ruffnecks final game of a three-week homestand. Quarterback Shabazz Psynergy passed for a career high 432 passing yards and accounted for all six of Dallas’ touchdowns in a 45-34 win over rival Oklahoma City.
Dallas scored 21 points in the first quarter, more than they had last week in a loss to Houston. Free agent acquisition JJ Howland scored three touchdowns after not reaching the endzone in his first two games in black and gray. Receiver Jonathan Concord added 10 catches for 126 yards and two scores. The Ruffnecks built a 45-20 advantage and nearly blew the entire lead, when the backups came in and gave up a pick-six to veteran Isaac Holt (his second pick-six of his nine season career) and allowed OKC to recover an onside kick. Bobby Law saved the day, however. Linebacker Law had nine tackles, a sack and that game-sealing interception.
Dallas’ (1-2) first road trip is to San Antonio next week. Oklahoma City (2-1) visits an angry Sioux Falls squad (1-2), the first time the Sparrows have been under .500 through the first three games.