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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:00 am

The Louisiana Swashbucklers were looking to cap a perfect season when they came into Ector County Coliseum to face the Odessa Roughnecks in an Intense Football League game Saturday night.

Odessa had other plans.

Quarterback Tommy Jones threw for five touchdowns and DeWayne Hogan rushed for one score to jelp Odessa post a 44-18 win and make it a long bus ride for Louisiana back to Lake Charles.

Odessa was playing its first home since June 30.

Torrey Day and Maurice Avery each caught two scoring passes from Jones, who was making his first start at home since leading Odessa (8-6) to the IFL title last season. Sam Griffin caught Jones’ other touchdown pass.

Louisiana (13-1) will play host to the Odessa in the first round of the IFL playoffs on Aug. 4.

Odessa started the game on a high after Avery ran the opening kickoff back to the Louisiana 2-yard line. Hogan barreled over on the first play from scrimmage for a 6-0 lead just 20 seconds into the game.

Sharif Zahir connected on a 42-yard field goal with 9:43 left in the second quarter, and Jones found Torrey Day for a touchdown from the Louisiana 5 with 2:58 left in the first half.

Louisiana, however, made things interesting with less than a minute to play in the first half.

First, Travis Moses returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown to cut the Roughnecks’ margin to 17-6.

Then, after forcing Odessa to turn the ball over after a blocked field-goal attempt, quarterback Freddy Harrison hit Terrance Moore with an 11-yard scoring toss to cap a 22-yard, two-plays series with 16 seconds left in the second quarter.

Odessa built the lead to 44-12 in the second half.

THE BASICS

>> Who: Odessa Roughnecks at Louisiana Swashbucklers.

>> What: IFL semifinal game.

>> When: 7:05 p.m. Aug. 4.

>> Where: Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, La.

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