Indians show fire

Mike Tupa

What they lacked in some tough moments Wednesday night, the Doenges Ford Indians made up for with determination.

Even though they lost the first game, 6-5, they could have ducked their heads after going down, 5-1.

But, they battled back to make it a game.

It’s these kind of nights that can reveal the little things a team needs to do to achieve its potential.

Blast from the past

Following is an excerpt of an E-E article from 2002.

Team Rouse gladiators weren’t Kidd-ing around at their recent fight night at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

The team pulled off a straight sweep against their out-of-town challengers in front of a burgeoning crowd of screaming spectators and fans.

Micah Kidd may have posted the most convincing victory at the April 27 fights.

Taking on Danny Torrez of Springfield, Mo., Kidd landed a first-round leg kick which dislocated Torrez’ knees. Needless to say the fight ended about 10 seconds later.

“Micah is 125 pounds of muscle,” said Rouse. “He’s won his first two fights, both by knockouts.”

The fight night program also mixed in plenty of straight boxing matches as well as kickboxing.

In the lone women’s bout of the evening, Darci Jackson won in her boxing debut, flooring Leona Webber in the first round.

“They two girls had some pretty good action the first minute,” said Rouse. “Darci knocked her out with a straight left.”

Another Rouse newcomer, Jason West, opened his boxing career by tagging his opponent with a left hook for a first-round knockout.

“He’s going to be an excellent fighter,” said Rouse about West.

Of course, some familiar names from the Rouse stable also climbed between the ropes.

“Dangerous” Donnie McGraw showed a quick draw by dropping Rick Weir of Kansas City to the canvas with a first-round head kick. The fight didn’t continue.

John Brewer, making the transition from boxing to kick boxing, posted a second-round knockout of El Paso’s Fernando Guerrero.

David Franks and Shawn Alt of Oklahoma City hooked it up for one of the better bouts of the evening.

Alt, who normally does point fighting for the Wild Bunch team, decided to dive into kickboxing with Franks as his first opponent.

“David beat him pretty bad,” said Rouse. “He landed several leg kicks and dropped Alt with a head kick in the second round. Alt took the standing eight count.”

Later in the second round, Franks smashed Alt with a straight right hand.

“That stung him and he quit,” said Rouse.