After being on the road the last two weeks, the Corpus Christi Hammerheads (5-1) returned to Citgo Field Saturday night with their second-straight win against the Fairbanks Grizzlies this season, 55-37.
A heavily bruised Dustin Almond completed 15 of 34 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite the win, Corpus Christi was left scoreless in the fourth quarter.
"We haven't played a four-quarter game yet," Almond said. "Last week against San Angelo we played a good four quarters, just not a hard four quarters.
Although they came up with the win, a price was paid as linebacker and former Intense Football League Defensive Player of the Year Roy Salas went down with a separated shoulder late in the fourth quarter.
"I'm feeling alright," Salas said. "I'm a little banged up, but I'm feeling good to get the win."
Salas is hoping that he will continue to play and that the separated shoulder is just minor.
The Hammerheads were off to a blazing start as Almond threw his first touchdown pass to receiver Ed Giddings for 45 yards .
The Grizzlies (1-6) retaliated immediately with a quick touchdown of their own as the score was tied, 7-7, with just 57 seconds into the game.
With possession of the ball belonging to the Grizzlies, the Hammerheads were up 14-7.
At the Hammerhead 10-yard line, Fairbanks quarterback Damion Ward failed to convert on fourth-and-goal, giving Corpus Christi a chance to extend its lead.
On first-and-goal from the Fairbanks' 7-yard line, Almond found receiver Nathaniel Dunn inches away from the end zone. Fullback Fred Wallace punched it in for the first of two touchdowns, giving the Hammerheads a 21-7 lead.
Corpus Christi led by as much as 20 in the second quarter with a 34-14 lead.
The Hammerheads had two opportunities to have an even bigger lead heading into halftime but a couple of mishaps kept that from happening, with the score 34-21.
At the Grizzly 9-yard line, Almond threw his only interception of the game to Terrell Sutton, giving Fairbanks possession of the ball.
Corpus Christi regained possession of the ball after Wali Mumin intercepted the ball from Ward and returned it to the Grizzly 3-yard line. After a flag was thrown for an illegal block in the back, the Hammerheads were moved back to the Fairbanks' 24-yard line.
After failing to get the first down, the Grizzlies had a chance to score with 0:49 left in the first half.
With the clock winding down, Fairbanks was on the Corpus Christi 5-yard line. Ward attempted to get in the endzone, but linebacker Jeremy Hodge was there to stop him as the Hammerheads maintained their 13-point lead at the half.
Corpus Christi allowed just 16 points in the second half as the defense showed some life.
Compared to the 63-55 game they played against them earlier this season, Salas was thrilled with the way the defense performed.
"We've played against these guys already," Salas said. "If you don't step up from the last game, you won't learn from the mistakes you made the first time. I believe we learned from those mistakes and played better against them."
Up 41-24, Johnny Anderson, known more for his receiving skills, snatched an interception near midfield and returned it for a touchdown, putting the game well out of reach with a 48-24 lead.
Next up for the Hammerheads are the Odessa Roughnecks. t The game will be played Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at Citgo Field.