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The Road to Victory!!!

Home Sweet Home
Tuesday, July 24, 2001
After playing on the road and losing two tough division games back to back, the Memphis Samurais (5-2) return home to face the South Arkansas Jaguars (0-5) this Saturday, July 28, in a first- time meeting between the two NAFL teams.  Hopefully the Samurais can find what made them tick in the first five games of the season and regain their fight for the Tennessee Valley Division championship.  In the meantime, Samurais fans will be keeping their fingers crossed.

Samurais drop two in a row
Sunday, July 22, 2001
The Memphis Samurais (5-2) gave the Nashville Mustangs (4-2) something to celebrate last night as Memphis lost the 1st Annual Margret J. Brown Football Classic 26-14 in front of a large Nashville home crowd. Nashville didn't waste much time as they scored their first touchdown within the first three minutes of the game on a long pass. The Samurais offense did not provide much help as they sputtered, sending the defense back onto the field. Again, the Mustangs offense took advantage of the Memphis secondary as they racked up another 7 points on a long pass play. Midway through the second quarter, the Samurais defense provided a spark by intercepting a Nashville pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown, closing the gap to 14-6. The Mustangs came out refreshed after halftime and continued to put up points as the Samurais offense continued to struggle. Late in the 4th quarter the Samurais punt return team, who refused to quit, blocked a Nashville punt and returned it for a touchdown. The 2 point conversion was successful, leaving Nashville with a 26-14 lead, which ended up being the final score in a dissapointing night for Memphis. One Samurai fan did come away happy at the end of the night as Bill Hatch, who made the drive from Hernando, MS to cheer on the Samurais, kicked a 25 yard field goal at halftime to win $100.

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Samurais vs Mustangs
Saturday, July 21 2001
On to Nashville
Friday, July 20, 2001
The Memphis Samurais (5-1) travel to Nashville to take on the Mustangs (3-2) in tomorrow nights Margret J. Brown Semi-Pro Football Classic. This should be a good test for the Samurais who won 15-13 the last time they met the Mustangs. This game will be a chance for the Samurais to get back on track after suffering the first loss of the season at Georgia last week. Just like the last meeting between the Samurais and Mustangs, tomorrows game should be just as competitive, as both teams are fighting to win the Tennessee Valley Division.   

Samurais defeat Devil Dawgs
Sunday, July 8, 2001
Last night the Memphis Samurais showed the Louisiana Devil Dawgs why they are
one of the top teams in the North American Football League. The Samurais kickoff team started the game out with a bang by sticking the Louisiana return man so hard that he fumbled, allowing the Samurais offense to take the field. Because of the always tough Memphis defense, the Samurais offense was able to play much of the game in Louisiana territory, which led to a 25-0 halftime lead for the Samurais.
It appeared that the Devil Dawgs had had enough of the Samurais and the 113 degree heat index, because they returned to the field nearly 15 minutes late from the locker room after halftime. The late 2nd half arrival resulted in 15 yards in delay of game penalties against Louisiana on the kickoff, leaving the Samurais with great field position once again. The Samurais failed to score in the final two quarters of the game, but the defense continued to punish the Devil Dawgs with one explosive hit after another. When all was said and done, the Samurais were able to celebrate a 25-0 victory and a 5-0 record.
The Samurais continue their march toward the Tennessee Valley Division championship when they travel to Atlanta this Saturday, July 14 to take on the tough Georgia Rage.