Massachusetts Pirates (2-1) 39 Frisco Fighters (4-0) 56
A battle of undefeated teams, Frisco looked in control of this game from the get-go. They never trailed once on the way to victory. Frisco Quarterback TJ Edwards had a performance that was player of the week worthy, going 14 of 23 for 153 and 2 touchdowns. Edwards would add another 42 yards on the ground, leading the fighters, and 4 touchdowns. Running back Jimmy Smith would add another 2 on 35 yards rushing. Wide Receivers Phazione McClurge and Jerminic Smith had big days, McClurge with 7 for 72 and a touchdown, Smith with 6 for 69 and a touchdown. Defensive back Shaq Bond led all Frisco defenders with 9.5 tackles.
For the Pirates, Anthony Russo seemed to be hit or miss. He was 17 of 33 for 169 and 3 touchdowns. Their running game never really got going, with only 44 yards, Jimmy Robinson leading the way with 16 yards. Darren Carrington II led all pirate receivers with 5 receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Chris Ingram led all defenders with 5.5 tackles in a losing effort.
Frisco will take their 4-0 record home to host the Arizona Rattlers (2-2) Saturday, and Massachusetts will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they travel to Quad City (3-1) on Saturday as well.
Quad City Steamwheelers (3-1) 68 Tulsa Oilers (0-3) 42
Quad City was absolutely dominant against the Tulsa Oilers, taking a 35-21 halftime lead and never looking back. Quarterback E.J. Hillard was a big part of the blowout, throwing for 95 yards and 5 touchdowns. He would rush for another 27 and a touchdown. Running Back Jarrod Harrington adds another 29 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Mike Carrigan leads all Quad City receivers with 3 receptions for 43 yards and 3 touchdowns. Darreon Jackson was the star on defense with his 49-yard pick-six in the 4th quarter. Special teams also got in the action as Jarreon McGraw had a 50-yard kickoff return right before the half.
As for Tulsa, this is likely a game they wish they could forget. Bobbly Froehlich struggled with his accuracy, only going 12 for 27 with 119 yards. He had 4 touchdowns, but two very costly interceptions. Froelich was also the leading rusher in a very poor rushing attack with 13 yards. Joshua Crockett led all Tulsa receivers with 4 receptions for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, this unit struggled, however, Ziah Gibson’s 4 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and 1 sack was a great effort in the loss.
The Steamwheelers host the Pirates on Saturday looking to go 4-1 to keep up with the fighters. Tulsa travels to take on Iowa in a battle of teams still looking for their first win Saturday.
Duke City Gladiators (2-2) 37 Arizona Rattlers (2-2) 48
This game had it all. A close competition between two very competitive teams. Unfortunately, someone had to lose, and Arizona outscoring Duke City 25-11 in the second half was enough to seal the deal. Arizona Quarterback Jorge Reyna, filling in for the injured Drew Powell, was steady going 14 of 21 for 113 and 2 touchdowns. Jager Gardner stole the show though, with 13 carries for 44 yards and 3 touchdowns. Isaiah Huston led Rattler receivers with 5 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown. Last week POTW Isiah Scott was pretty quiet with only 4 receptions for 25 yards. On defense, Dillon Winfrey led the Rattler defense with 5 tackles and an interception.
Duke City gave the Rattlers all they could handle, but 10 penalties for 70 yards proved to be too much to overcome. Nate Davis continues to shine though, going 17 for 31 for 195 and 5 touchdowns. Gary Brown had quite the receiving performance this week. With 9 receptions for 126 and 2 touchdowns made him a headache all day for the Rattlers. Counterpart Jared Elmore managed 40 yards and 3 touchdowns as well. Roderick Chapman’s 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and an Interception make him the defensive standout for the Gladiators.
Both teams look to go over .500 this week. Duke City travels to Vegas Saturday for a date with Night Hawks. Arizona looks for their third win traveling to play the Frisco Fighters.
Green Bay Blizzard (2-2) 47 Sioux Falls Storm (1-2) 41
Green Bay manages the win behind a monster 4th quarter. Trailing 34-20 going into the 4th, the Blizzard outscore the Storm 27-7 to take home the win. Ja’rome Johnson was once again electric. On 12 of 18 for 187 performance featured 5 touchdowns. His 41 yards on the ground led all Blizzard rushers as well. Marquise Irvin looked like a number one receiver with 8 receptions for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns. Steve Newbold would add 2 catches for 64 yards, scoring on both catches. Trevau McNeill led the defensive effort with 7 tackles and an interception.
Sioux Falls Quarterback Lorenzo Brown had a productive albeit turnover prone day. He threw for 220 and 4 touchdowns, but had 2 interceptions as well. his 33 yard and 2 touchdown rushing performance led all storm backs. Brown went looking for Donnie Corley early and often with 89 yards and 2 touchdowns to show for it. Laronji Vason was the leading tackler for the storm with 5.5 tackles.
Green Bay aims for the sweep, and Sioux Falls trys to get back to .500 as these two teams rematch tommorrow night, this time in Green Bay.
San Diego Strike Force (1-3) 9 Northern Arizona Wranglers (2-1) 48
Just in case the final score doesn’t indicate it, this game was never close. the Wranglers took a 28-2 halftime lead, and had a 42-2 lead before San Diego scored their lone touchdown. Wrangler quarterback Garrett Kettle was a nearly perfect 9-11 for 185 and 5 touchdowns. His 29 yards was best in the Wrangler backfield. Ryan Wiseniewski and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman would not be denied today. Wiseniewski had 125 yards and 4 touchdowns, with bowman managing 87 and 2 touchdowns. Kishawn Walker produced defensive player of the week numbers with 6.5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions.
For San Diego State, this was a game they would rather forget. Aaron Aiken completed only 12 of his 25 passes, had more interceptions (2) than touchdowns (1), and was sacked 4 times. His meager 16 yards on the ground was also good enough to be the lead rusher. Carlos Thompson made the most of the lousy outing, coming down with 73 recieving yards. On defense Clayton Glasco did his best to slow the Wranglers, with 6 tackles, half a tackle for loss, and half a sack.
The Wranglers hope to carry this momentum with them when they travel to face the Bay Area Panthers, and the Strike Force search for some answers this week before they travel to face the Tuscon Sugar Skulls.
Tucson Sugar Skulls (3-0) 34 Bay Area Panthers (1-2) 30
In what feels like same song different verse, the Panthers took a 16-7 halftime lead, before blowing it in the second half. Ramone Atkins 131 yards and 3 touchdowns were crucial for the comeback. Mike Jones and Ramone Atkins would both manage a rushing touchdown, but not much else on 1.4/yards per carry. Carrington Thomas had a game however, managing 111 yards and all three receiving touchdowns. Carlito Gonzales was a defensive ballhawk for the Sugar Skulls, with 10 tackles and a forced fumble.
Dalton Sneed did all he could to help the Panthers get their second win. His 184 total yards (156 passing, 28 rushing) and 4 touchdowns (2 passing,2 rushing) represented most of the Panthers offense. Nih-Jer Jackson led all Panthers with 4 receptions for 68 and 2 touchdowns. Weley Bowers 6.5 tackles and an interception earn him Panther defender of th game honors.
The Tucson Sugar Skulls hope to keep their undefeated season rolling, hosting the struggling San Diego Strike Force this weekend. For the Panthers, they look for their second win hosting the red-hot Wranglers