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March 15, 2005 - Lexington, KY - The 2004 national champion Lexington Horsemen begin their quest of a second consecutive title when they open their 2005 campaign in Tupelo, Miss., on Saturday. The Horsemen will play the host Tupelo Fireants in an 8:30 p.m. EST contest and the game will be carried live on Supertalk 96.1 FM in Lexington with Gary Ball and Bill Ransdell.

The Horsemen return 15 players from last year’s national championship squad, including the team’s signal-caller Dusty Bonner. Bonner threw for 2,695 yards and 72 touchdowns during the 2004 regular season. Bonner’s 72 touchdowns ranked as a league best in 2004. He also compiled a quarterback rating of 108.54, which also ranked first.

“I'm looking forward to the season, winning some games and having fun,” Bonner said. “We lost some talented players from last year, but we are looking forward to a number of great new players that are joining our roster.”

Running back Derek Homer also returns for the club. Homer, who played in all 14 games last season, caught 49 passes for an average of 17.2 yards per game, including 12 touchdown passes. Wide receiver/defensive back Champ Kelly is a versatile two-way player who will help the Horsemen out on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

The all-time series between the Horsemen and the Fireants is tied at one game apiece. Tupelo defeated Lexington last season in Rupp Arena, 67-56, but the Horsemen beat the Fireants in Tupelo two years ago. The Fireants finished the 2004 campaign with an 8-6 record and averaged 57.4 points per game.

The Horsemen then return home to host border-rival Ohio Valley on March 26 in Rupp Arena at 7:30 p.m. 2005 Season tickets are still available for purchase. Please contact the Horsemen at 859-422-PASS or the Lexington Center Ticket Office at 859-233-3535 for more information.

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