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Outlaws stun Razorbacks

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Former WLV QB Martinez named MVP in TeamBuilders Bowl

By Dave Kavanaugh

Las Vegas Outlaws surprised the nationally ranked New Mexico Razorbacks 26-8 Saturday at Perkins Stadium, site of the TeamBuilders Bowl, the season kickoff event for the New Mexico Football Alliance, a "semi-pro" football league with national affiliations.

Former West Las Vegas quarterback Mike Martinez was voted Most Valuable Player by an ad-hoc media panel covering the game. Martinez overcame a shaky start and hooked up with Donovan Nance, Daniel White, Henry Montoya for touchdown passes. And fullback Frederick Gilford added a 28-yard TD run in the third quarter.

While White, one of several former New Mexico Highlands players on the field for Vegas, was particularly impressive, the Outlaw defense may have been the true star of the show.

The Outlaws, anchored by former Cowboys and all-RMAC notables  Lyndon Liti and Collins Forun, tallied seven sacks and two interceptions, stifling the Razorback offense.

The Albuquerque visitors struck first on a 7-yard toss from Jeremy Denson to Daniel Martinez, going up 6-0 with 9:47 left in the first quarter.

Vegas shook off a humble beginning when Mike Martinez passed to Nance, who found an opening along the eastern sideline and sprinted 70-plus yards for the tying score.

Forun punctuated the opening period with a monstrous sack of Denson, and he whooped it up for an appreciative crowd, estimated at 300.

Martinez connected with White for another huge pass play to give the Outlaws the lead, 12-6, at the 12:06 mark in the second quarter.

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