The Beast played a beauty of a game Saturday night.
At least the struggling Utah Catzz made it seem that way as the visiting Louisiana Bayou Beast routed the Catzz, 44-14, at the McKay Event Center.It was Utah's second straight loss and the Catzz fell to 2-2. Worse, the 14 points scored by Utah was the season-low for any team in the Professional Indoor Football League this season.
Now that's ugly.
"It's my job as head coach to find out what's going on," said a disconsolate Gordon Hudson. "It's gone downhill the last two weeks."
Things started well for Utah. After receiving the opening kickoff, quarterback Paul Shoemaker marched the Catzz to a touchdown on a six-play drive.
But Utah's 7-0 lead was short-lived. The Beast responded by scoring 41 unanswered points.
Perhaps the lone bright spot for the Catzz was running back/receiver Pokey Eckford, who scored both Utah touchdowns on short-yardage carries. Eckford, a former Weber State star, signed with the Catzz this past week.
"We made a lot of mistakes," Eckford said. "We didn't take care of the little things."
Needless to say, the Catzz turned in a woeful offensive performance. Shoemaker threw a pair of interceptions, one of which led to a Louisiana TD. Backup Joe Borich was inserted on the Catzz' final series of the first half and played the remainder of the game.
Shoemaker finished 3-of-10 passing for 33 yards. Borich completed 9 of 17 attempts for 78 yards.
"We're just not executing," Hudson said. "We're not making reads and our protection is breaking down. We'd do fine if we didn't drop the ball and block who we're supposed to."
Defensively, Utah could barely get a paw on shifty quarterback Melvin Hill, who rushed three times for 25 yards and completed six passes for another 91 yards.
Utah's showing prompted an embarrassed defensive coordinator Vince Tauanuu to say, "I'm coming out of retirement. I'm going to play next week."
Next up for the Catzz is a home game Saturday night against the Colorado Wildcats.