Tucson Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls win season-opener at Las Vegas

The start of the Tucson Sugar Skulls’ third season of competition, fourth overall, began Sunday victoriously in Henderson, Nev., with a 48-39 win over the Las Vegas Knight Hawks.

Daquan Neal, a two-time Indoor Football League MVP with the Iowa Barnstormers, completed 13 of 18 pass attempts for 178 yards and four touchdowns in his first game with the Sugar Skulls.

Neal played for Tucson coach Dixie Wooten when Wooten was head coach of the Barnstormers. Wooten is in his third year with the Sugar Skulls.

Tucson next plays Friday at the Frisco (Texas) Fighters before playing its home opener at the Tucson Convention Center on April 9 against the San Diego Strike Force. Kickoff for that game is 6:05 p.m.

Neal was slated to play for Tucson in 2020 but that season was canceled because of COVID-19 protocol, and he returned to Iowa last season to play with the Barnstormers. He also had a rushing touchdown against Las Vegas.

Arthur Jackson had seven receptions for 80 yards with three touchdowns.

Former Tucson High standout lineman Antonio Rosales is in his third season with the Sugar Skulls.

Tucson’s defense is entirely new from last year’s team.

Al Louis-Jean, a defensive back, played nine games in 2014 with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.


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