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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, July 13, 2002

Islanders lose shootout, 83-73

Advertiser Staff

The Hawaiian Islanders scored their highest point total of the season last night against the Arkansas Twisters, but still came away with another road loss.

Ricky Hebert completed 21 of 31 passes for 241 yards and nine touchdowns as Arkansas beat the Islanders, 83-73, in an arenafootball2 game at Little Rock, Ark.

The 156 combined points were nine short of the af2 record set three weeks ago by Arkansas and Tulsa.

The Islanders (3-11) fell to 0-7 on the road and 0-6 against teams outside the Western Division.

The Islanders led 45-34 early in the third quarter, but the Twisters (9-5) scored 21 unanswered points to end the quarter and take a 55-45 lead.

"When you lose games like that they're fun to play in but they're hard to take in the end," Islanders head coach Chad Carlson said.

The Islanders' Darnell Arceneaux completed 14 of 24 passes for 249 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for three more scores.

Arceneaux has 24 rushing touchdowns which is an af2 record. The previous record of 23 was set last season by Sherard Poteete of Bossier City.

Nian Taylor caught eight passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns, and also scored on a 14-yard interception return late in the first half.

"Nian is the player of the game in my eyes," Carlson said. "He outplayed any of their guys twice over."