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Offensive mistakes cost Rush game

Rush quarterback Sherdrick Bonner wasted no time at the postgame news conference, jumping in to comment before he was asked a question.

"I'm grown up," Bonner said.

Three shoddy plays involving Bonner altered the Rush's outcome against the Philadelphia Soul in Sunday's Arena League game at Allstate Arena. Two interceptions that led to Soul touchdowns plus a 7-yard sack stifled the Rush's still-jelling offense in a 60-49 loss.

"It's minor adjustments," Bonner said. "We'll continue to work on the things we do well and understand it is a learning process. For the team's sake, all eight guys on offense need to be on the same page. It's still early."

Rush coach Mike Hohensee said he worried about his new lineup.

"I was afraid of that early in the season—where would that inexperience show itself? Hohensee said.

Turns out, in Game 2.

The Rush led 28-26 at halftime and trailed just 36-35 before the offense sputtered in the third quarter. The Soul cashed in on back-to-back interceptions by defensive back Mike Brown, who also returned a kick 54 yards for a touchdown, and Tony Graziani threw touchdown passes to Chris Jackson.

"To give the ball to the other team, especially when we were in a position to take control of the game, it's just inexcusable," said Bonner, who completed 27 of 42 passes for 306 yards with six touchdowns.

The Rush looked sharp in its opening victory against the defending champion San Jose SaberCats, but it's obvious the Rush's six new offensive starters are still learning about each other. The Rush had only five practice days between their first two games.

"This is one football game," Hohensee said. "We were world-beaters. Now it looks like we're not so tough. I think we are tough."

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