When it rains, it pours, and for the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, heavy rain put a damper on their game against the Quincy Carter-led Abilene Ruff Riders Saturday night in the Central Pavilion Arena.
The storm that dumped rain around Nueces County Saturday forced airport delays in Houston, and that delayed Corpus Christi Hammerheads' quarterback Michael Bishop. He didn't arrive in the arena until after the start of the game. That was kind of the overall theme of Saturday night's game. Bishop never settled into a comfortable rhythm, and neither did the Hammerheads.
That led to a 33-27 loss to Abilene, despite playing in front of their largest crowd in two years.
With the loss, the Hammerheads fall to 1-2 for the season, while the Ruff Riders improved to 2-1.
Despite the loss, Corpus Christi's defense was stout and held Abilene, which came in to the game with the Indoor Football League's second-rated passing offense, to a season-low 182 yards of total offense. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter, also the second-leading passer in the league, was limited to only 169 passing yards. Still, in the end, the Ruff Riders scored the points they needed to steal the win away from the Hammerheads.
After back-up quarterback Cory Miles connected with receiver Nathaniel Dunn twice in the first quarter to build a 14-0 lead for the Hammerheads, the Ruff Riders went on to outscore Corpus Christi, 33-13, through the last three quarters.
Bishop, who missed the start of the game after his flight from Houston was delayed because of bad weather, completed five of 22 passes and was picked off twice.
Dunn finished the game with four catches for 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Schyler Anderson had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Redford Borel scored his second rushing touchdown in as many games.
Corpus Christi now hits the road to face longtime rival Odessa Saturday.
The Hammerheads' next home game is Saturday, May 2 against the Odessa Roughnecks.