Talons look to ground the Battle Wings Saturday night

After a timely bye week to let their wounds heal coach Mitch Allner and the Tulsa Talons (7-6) are ready altto get back to work against the Bossier Shreveport Battle Wings (3-10) in the amazing BOK Center on Saturday night.

The Talons were dominant in their win over the Cleveland Gladiators on June 26th at the BOK, defeating them 65-44.  Saturday’s game will be the second meeting between the Talons and the Wings, with the Black and Blue posting a 52-48 victory in the CenturyTel Center on May 29th.  Tulsa leads the all time series with Bossier 12-2.  The Talons have won seven straight at home against Shreveport.

Saturday’s contest will feature two of the league’s top three all purpose yardage leaders. The Battle Wings P.J. Berry is 2nd in the league with 2481 yards and the Talons Jeff Hughley is 3rd with 2085 yards. It will also feature the return of former Talons back up quarterback Jimmy Welker who is the current starter for the Battle Wings. Welker is 0-2 as the Battle Wings starter with 449 passing yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

Saturday is Tackle Cancer night presented by 2 Works for You. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to help find a cure for cancer.  Arby’s is also offering coupons for 2 for 1 tickets to the game. Go by and eat at any Tulsa area Arby’s and you will receive the discount coupon. 


The Tulsa Talons remained in 7th position in this week’s Coaches Poll for the third straight week after having a bye last Saturday.  The Talons topped the Cleveland Gladiators by 3 points to hold onto the 7th spot behind the Milwaukee Iron.

Rank  Team   Pts
1  Tampa Bay Storm  122 (5)
2  Spokane Shock  115 (8)
3  Arizona Rattlers 105 (1)
4  Chicago Rush  97         
5  Jacksonville Sharks 96  (1)     
6  Milwaukee Iron  94
7  Tulsa Talons  71
8  Cleveland Gladiators 63
9  Alabama Vipers  61
10  Iowa Barnstormers 36
11  OKC Yard Dawgz  33
12  Orlando Predators 29
13  Boss-Shrev Battle Wings 24
14  Dallas Vigilantes 15
15  Utah Blaze  15

Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased at the BOK Center Box Office or by contacting the Talons office at 296-1000.  Talons games are broadcast live on the internet by logging on to tulsatalon.com and clicking the NiftyTV button, and all of the Talons games, home and away can be heard on AM 740 and FM102.3 KRMG with Rick Couri providing the exiting play-by-play action.

Photo by Kevin Pyle.