Former Frisco Thunder quarterback Dustin Almond looked like he belonged in a Corpus Christi Hammerheads jersey as his seven touchdown pass performance led to a blowout against the San Angelo Stampede Express, 70-30, Saturday night.
"I think our team gelled pretty well," Almond said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what happens our next game. I feel very good about my performance and I expect to get better every game."
In addition to his seven touchdown passes, the defending IFL Offensive Player of the Year also scored a rushing touchdown. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 228 yards and did not throw an interception.
"Having [Almond] on our team is making life easier," said Corpus Christi head coach Jason McKinley. "It's good seeing him in red this season."
Almond's premier target of the night was receiver Schuyler Anderson, who found the endzone six times, five receiving and one rushing. He had 168 all-purpose yards in the game.
"I credit the line for doing a good job blocking tonight," Anderson said. "When the line is this good and our quarterback is on the money, big things happen."
Anderson also expressed how mentally prepared he had to be for the team's home opener at Citgo Field.
"If you go out there and say to yourself you want to play your best, you get results," Anderson said.
Although the team won big, McKinley questioned his special teams' defense, which allowed the opposition in their territory six times after opening kickoff.
"It's a bit of a concern to see them give up that much yardage," McKinley said. "I assure you that there will be a difference in their performance next game."
The Hammerheads came out to a blistering start.
Within the first three minutes of the game, Corpus Christi was already on the scoreboard after Almond found Anderson for a 26-yard touchdown pass, giving the Hammerheads a 7-0 lead.
San Angelo failed to answer back despite being deep in Hammerhead territory in its first possession.
On third-and-goal at the Corpus Christi 12-yard line, the ball was fumbled and recovered by the Hammerheads' Fred Wallace.
After a penalty from the Stampede Express, Almond threw another long touchdown pass to Anderson, widening the gap for Corpus Christi, 14-0.
In the second quarter, San Angelo tried to make it a close game.
Down 14-2, quarterback Hunter Sims found receiver Kareem Thompson for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Although they failed to convert the two-point conversion, the Stampede Express were in striking distance, 14-8.
That would be as close as the game got as the Hammerheads ran away with it the rest of the way.
With Corpus Christi up 21-8, San Angelo had opportunities to close in, but Sims threw back-to-back interceptions in his next two possessions, both to Hammerhead defensive back Jason Lee.
Corpus Christi took full advantage of those interceptions, scoring twice and leading 35-8 in the second quarter.